Archive | November 2007

NIHSeniorHealth: Toolkit for Trainers

Thanks to Kay Due (Public Services) for passing this along!

The National Institutes of Health created this toolkit to assist anyone involved with teaching older Americans how to search for health information online.  Some of these tools might be useful for all librarians.  The toolkit contains an introductory video, lesson plans and recruitment flyers.

Local Hazardous Waste Recycling

The new Memphis and Shelby County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is opening this week.  Check out the website for a map to their new location near Shelby Farms and a list of what they collect (paint, cell phones, antifreeze, bleach, gasoline, etc.). 

Government Info Finding Tools

From Philip Williams (Cordova):

Gov Gab

“Gov Gab is a new blog from and the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services. Written by six federal employees with different backgrounds and interests, Gov Gab will reflect the writers’ personal lives and experiences, as well as the expertise they’ve gained working on, the Federal Citizen Information Center, and 1 (800) FED-INFO. Each weekday, you’ll find a fresh post with helpful facts and tips from the government. Readers can join the conversation by leaving comments or e-mailing the bloggers.”

Find a Federal Job

“You can now search for jobs directly from In the Search Federal Jobs box, enter keywords or a location and you’ll quickly find job announcements from the federal government.”

Find a Federal Recreation Area

“In’s Recreation Area Search box, enter keywords—such as camping, hiking, and fishing—and the state, and you’ll find recreation opportunities on federal lands.”

Veteran Gravesite Locator

“Use the new Veteran Gravesite Locator box to search by name for burial locations of veterans and their family members. You’ll get results from military cemeteries and private cemeteries in cases where a grave is marked with a government grave marker.”


I first discovered this site when looking at their interactive periodic table, which is quite nice. offers interactive tools and tutorials on a number of topics that will be of interest to students of all ages.  Math, science, history and art topics are included.

Visual Dictionary

Thanks to Christina Barnes (Business/Sciences) for passing this along!

Check out Merriam-Webster’s visual dictionary and find quality images to help better understand words, definitions or themes.  Users can browse 15 subjects or search for a particular term.  This tools seems a bit limited, but it is new and I’m sure they will be continuously adding to it!

Amazon’s Kindle

Thanks to Doris Dixon for alerting me to this!

Amazon is releasing a new e-book reader called Kindle that is getting quite a bit of press right now.  In case you get any questions about it, here are some helpful links:

The Reader’s Advisor Online – What To Say When Your Patrons Ask You About E-Books Tomorrow (And They Will)

Gizmodo – Comparing Amazon Kindle to E-Book Readers of Yesterday and Tomorrow

Computerworld Opinion – Why Amazon’s Kindle is Revolutionary

Christmas Around The World

OK, I think it might be too early for this, but based on the commercials I’ve seen lately, the time is upon us… This is an annotated guide various online resources with information about Christmas traditions around the world.  The link at the bottom of the page has more information for teachers.

Free Online Tech Books

Thanks to Christina Barnes (Business/Sciences) for passing along this site!

This site provides links to several hundred online books that are provided by publishers and authors at no cost to the user.  Subjects covered include: Computer Science, Programming, Mathematics, and Operating Systems.

From The Scout Report:

“If you could invite Christopher Hitchens and Al Sharpton into your home to talk about the existence of God, would you? That question is no longer just a hypothetical, as visitors to the website can do just that. Under the tagline, ‘The world is thinking’, the site provides access to hundreds of delightful talks, conversations, conferences, debates, and more than a few stimulating arguments. Drawing on a broad range of new media experts, brings together content from the Hoover Institution, the Global Philanthropy Forum, the World Affairs Council, the American Jewish Committee, and dozens of other organizations. First-time visitors to the site can take a look through the ‘Popular Programs’ section, and then maybe they might want to look over the blog. For users who don’t find any of the programs to their liking, they should make a beeline for the ‘Pitch a Program’ section.”

Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007.

Librarians: The Party People

OK, this one is just for fun.  Marylaine Block, author of Neat New Stuff and ExLibris, created this presentation about the wilder side of librarians.  There are lots of links to back up her claims, and you might just get an idea for a program or display!

StoryCorps Blog

Thanks to Darletha Matthews (South) for alerting us to this site!

The staff of StoryCorps update the public on their journey, the people they meet, the stories they hear, and much more!  Read about what they’re learning right outside our front door, and listen to stories they’ve recorded.

Be Food Safe

Many thanks to Donna Foster for passing this along!

“The Be Food Safe campaign is designed to educate consumers about preventing foodborne illness through the four easy lessons of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.”  And just in time for the holidays, they have a guide to safely cooking a Thanksgiving meal.  (Which at my house is the same as a Christmas meal, so it should be good for many holiday dinners!)

Cultural Profiles Project

This site from the Canadian government attempts to give some background on different immigrant groups.  “Each cultural profile provides an overview of life and customs in the profiled country.”  For example, if you have a lot of customers from Ethiopia, you might want read about Ethiopia’s traditional family life, food, customs, and much, much more.

“The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online- all in the language or translation of your choice.”

an excuse to celebrate every day

This is a “just for fun” site.  This site gives recognition to a lot of the lesser known holidays.  For instance, who knew April 1st is Meatloaf Appreciation Day or even just yesterday was Peanut Butter Lover Day?!  Personally, I like August 11th (my own birthday) is also recognized as Gals’ Night Out.  With the help of this website, anyone can find any reason to celebrate.  By the way, today (November 5th) is National Doughnut Day!