Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Of course no one reading this will actually need this tool, but maybe you know someone or you know someone who knows someone who might make good use of it...
Webroot's Social Media Sobriety Test can help save you from your greatest enemy--yourself! For those who find themselves apt to combine alcohol and Facebook (or any other social media site providing the means for permanent embarrassment), here is an absolutely necessary tool for self-preservation. Set up this Firefox add-on to apply a sobriety test when you attempt to log in to certain sites at the times you tend to be, well, at your drunkest. You will have to prove your mental acuity by keeping a cursor inside a moving bubble or typing the alphabet backwards. If you fail the test you will not get access to the site and maybe you'll breathe easier on your next job interview.
Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information
by Vlatko Vedral
This exhilarating book spans everything from betting strategies in casinos to quantum teleportation.
Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion through the Astonishing World of Math
by Alex Bellos
Bellos searched the world for fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami.
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
by Susan Casey
For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dismissed these stories. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet's waters.
The Grand Design
by Stephen W. Hawking, & Leonard Mlodinow
In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.
Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives
by Thomas French
This meticulously reported and smartly written book will make you think in new ways about animals, human beings, and our respective places in the world.
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
by Sam Kean
The Periodic Table is one of man's crowning scientific achievements. But it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Bartok, Mira - The Memory Palace - Memoir of the author's estrangement from and reunion with her schizophrenic mother. (Tantor Audio)
Edwards, Kim - Lake of Dreams - A follow-up to Edward's best-selling debut , The Memory Keepers Daughter
Lippman, Laura - The Girl in the Green Raincoat - A new Tess Monaghan novella (AudioGo)
Patterson, James & Michael Ledwidge - Tick Tock -. The 4th book in the series that began with the No. 1 NY Times bestseller Step on a Crack.
Proulx, Annie - Bird Cloud - Part autobiography, part naturalist's journal, this is the author's first work of nonfiction in more than 20 years. (Recorded Books)
Reagan, Ron - My Father at 100 - Biography marks the centenary of the 40th president's birth (Blackstone)
Friday, December 10, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
For your reading pleasure, the New York Times announced its Top 10 Best Books of 2010 on December 1, 2010. They include many titles found on other lists. Click on the title to find out more about it or reserve the book for pick up.
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Fiction, Franzen, J.)
The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie. (Fiction, Beattie, A.)
Room by Emma Donoghue. (Fiction, Donoghue)
Selected Stories by William Trevor. (Fiction, Trevor)
A Visit from the Goon Squad. by Jennifer Egan. (Egan, J)
Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet. by Jennifer Homans. (792.8 Homans)
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. (Biography, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt/Schiff)
Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. (616.994 Mukherjee)
Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim. (Oversize 782.14 Sondheim)
The Warmth of other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. (304.8 Wilkerson)
100 Notable Books of 2010 may be found on the New York Times website. SH
Image at top of page from New York Times Website.
Whether you are just interested or have a research project to complete, Biography in Context is your first stop in the library or from home to find nearly 1,000,000 biographical entries from reference books, journals, audio clips and videos for over 525,000 people in history.
This is one of my favorite online resources, and it rarely lets me down. Try it out today! SH
Thursday, December 2, 2010
This is not your typical resource. Rob Lerman will give you a tour and point out what makes this research tool so unique as well as useful for students, researchers, and those of us who would like to know a little bit more.
Whether you are training a dog, looking for word origins, checking medical conditions/diseases, or looking for a video of a speech by George H. W. Bush, Credo is the place to start.
The topic pages contain information from:
- 500+ reference books
- dictionary and encyclopedia entries
- journal and newspaper articles
- many of our other online resources such as CQ Researcher, Biography in Context, etc.
- Books, dvds and music in our library
- concept maps
So get ahead of the game and sign up for Introduction to the New Credo Reference Online Resource with Rob on Tuesday! SH
The library catalog is getting a new look. The new Encore software adds new features to our catalog which creates an entirely new user experience.
Key features of Encore include:
- Keyword search engine with improved relevancy ranking.
- An attractive easy to use interface.
- Easy limiting of search results on the left of screen.
- Spell check.
- Tag cloud generated from search results.
- Requests placed from the results screen.
- Item availability and location on results screen.
- Ability to search for both articles and local collections.
Look for the new catalog in January 2011.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wouldn't it be nice if all the on-line shopping tools were available on one easy-to-use page? All the price comparison sites, product reviews, classifieds, etc in one place? FaganFinder.com has put together a wonderful collection of product-related search engines. The 70 web sites are arranged under the categories of Price Comparison Searches, Retail Companies (only 4, thank goodness), Marketplaces and Auctions, Handmade Goods, Product Reviews, Products in Local Stores, Local Classifieds, Product Manuals, Product Code Searches, Green Shopping, and Renting and Borrowing. Included of course are several sites facilitating giving stuff away. (Thanks to Phil Bradley for the tip.)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Last year the Interlibrary Loan Department tweeted the Top 10 Libraries that we borrow material from and the Top 10 Libraries that we lend material to. You can find that on the official Wellesley Free Library Twitter feed.
This time around we thought we'd list the Top 10's on the blog for your reading pleasure.
Top 10 Libraries Lending Us Materials
- Boston College
- UMASS Amherst
- Brandeis University
- Wellesley College
- Tufts University
- Northeastern University
- Smith College
- Williams College
- Amherst College
- Mount Holyoke College
- Quincy Public Library (on behalf of the former Central, Western, and Southern regions)
- Stonehill College
- UMASS Boston
- Mid-Continent Public Library (Missouri)
- Tufts University
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Boston College
- Boston Public Library
- Simmons College
- UMASS Amherst
Both lists also show that most of the items borrowed for patrons here and lent to patrons elsewhere are loans between Massachusetts libraries outside of the Minuteman Library Network. Most of those loans are also between libraries that use the state funded library delivery system.
The 2010 National Book Award Winners were announced last night, November 17--More titles for your Holiday Gift List! Check out the website to enjoy interviews with the winners as well as a video of the ceremonies.
Lord of Misrule--Jaimy Gordon
Lord of Misrule is a darkly realistic novel about a young woman living through a year of horse racing at a half-mile track in West Virginia, while everyone's best laid schemes keep going brutally wrong.
Just Kids--Patti Smith
In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City : the denizens of Max's Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner's, Brentano's and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.
From an award-winning poet, a new collection in which the political and the personal converge in innovative and beautiful ways.
Young People's Literature
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Wellesley Free Library Trustees are offering you this one time opportunity to return all past due Wellesley Free Library items with no fine this weekend--Thursday, November 18 through Sunday, November 21.
You may return the past due items to any Wellesley Library location with our appreciation and No Fine!
Image from CBS News
Monday, November 15, 2010
Just think what the world would have been like if Keith Richards had followed his dreams and become a librarian.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
This site is a Chronology with links to U.S. Historical Documents.
This site has 500 primary sources in American History.
The British Library's Archival Sound Recordings Online.
The Atlas is a collaborative project whose purpose is to catalog all of the "wondrous, curious, and esoteric places" that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks.
Gives links to history websites by period.
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1910 and
The New CIA World Factbook updates its information every two weeks.
Documents the American South with material related to southern history, literature, and culture.
This site links to Primary documents and State of the Union Speeches.
The thousands of images from the more than 1.5 million printed books and manuscripts in the collections of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
OCP offers new, virtual collections of thematically linked material selected from
numerous Harvard repositories.
Episodes from The March of Time newsreel and documentary series, produced from 1935 to 1967.
Presidential Election Commercials Since 1952.
This site includes a sample of NMAI’s object and historic photo collections.
Newspaper Front Pages .
Primary Documents Selected by the National Archives and Records Administration.
This site provides information on the Presidents of the United States.
Library of Congress presents primary documents on American history.
This site has podcasts of the best authors, historians, journalists, and members of the military discussing their latest books on military history and military fiction.
This site has documentary materials on the railroads.
This site is an online encyclopedia of the rulers of the Roman Empire.
This site had digitized historical maps of the United States.