Friday, July 29, 2005

OUR LIBRARY CARD TO APPEAR ON NBC SITCOM "THE OFFICE"



This just in from our Library Administrator Mary Garm:


"The Lackawanna County Library Card will appear on the NBC sitcom, 'The Office,' in an episode in Season 2, which begins on August 17. In the show, Dwight loses his wallet, and the library card will be one of the items found in it. If you have sharp eyes, you just may see it!"

The show "The Office" is set in a fictional paper supply company in Scranton, PA.


Thanks to Mary Garm for the scoop.

THIS WEEKEND, IT'S HARRY POTTER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 2 PM.

Scranton Cultural Center

Free with your Lackawanna County Library System Library Card.

Muggles, Half-Bloods, and Pure-Bloods welcome.

To see a detailed image, click on the picture.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The First Annual
Scranton Jazz Festival

Saturday, August 6th, and Sunday, August 7th
2 P.M. to 9 P.M.

Hanlon’s Grove Ampitheatre
Nay Aug Park
Scranton, PA

Tickets Are $10 Per Day

Featuring Internationally Renowned
Jazz and Blues Artists

Presented by PA Jazz Alliance
in association with
The Scranton Public Theatre

Also check out this week's Electric City for a cover story on the Scranton Jazz Festival.

Saturday Schedule:

2 PM Jim Buckley & Friends- regional baritone saxophonist with piano trio

3 PM Tony Miceli/John Swana & The Philly All-Stars, jazz vibraphonist and jazz trumpet great with bass and drums

4 PM John Coates, Jr., solo piano

5 PM Ilona Knopfler, french jazz vocalist, with The Steve Rudolph Trio

6 PM Mike Fahn, NYC valve trombonist, and Maryann McSweeney (west coast bassist) Quartet with drummng great Bill Goodwin and jazz guitarist Bill Washer

7 PM Tim Warfield, Jr. and friends

8 PM Clarence Spady Blues Band

Sunday Schedule:

2 PM Doug Smith's Dixieland All-Stars

3 PM Roaming Gabriels

4 PM Mark Soskin Trio

5 PM Gary Rissmiller Quartet

6 PM Steve Rudolph Trio

7 PM The Dave Liebman Group

8 PM Scranton Jazz Festival 16-Piece Big Band with special guest TBA.

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A Night of Magic in the Reference Department

Damian the Magician and his apprentice C.J.

Over 90 people (both young and young at heart) were enthralled at last night's performance of Damian the Magician in the Reference Department.

It was a night of illusions, audience participation, and even the sharing of secrets (Damian himself taught the audience a couple of magic tricks). Damian also spoke of his love of books and reading (he even shared with the audience the fact that he used to work in a library himself.)

Thank you Damian and his apprentice C.J. for a truly magical night.

For more about Damian and his future appearances, visit his website.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2005



Reference Staff 2005


"HOW THE HECK DID YOU KNOW WHEN 'STAR WARS EPISODE III' IS COMING TO DVD?"

I am a BIG fan of movies, and I LOVE to collect movies on DVD. What I REALLY LOVE is knowing WAY IN ADVANCE (even as far in advance when the movies are STILL in the theatre) when movies are coming to DVD...the key is to look at the right sites.

Tellyawhatimgonnado...I'm gonna tell you all about two sites that give excellent information about upcoming DVD releases--even movies that are still playing in theatres nationwide.

THE DIGITAL BITS

(http://www.thedigitalbits.com/) is the site that informed me of the release date of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on DVD (November 1st; surprisingly, the recently-released Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a predicted DVD release a week later on November 8th). It includes a frequently updated Daily Column titled My Two Cents (which tells you when current movies WILL BE released on DVD), as well as a section called The Rumor Mill (which tells when current movies MAY BE released on DVD). The site also includes an awesome collection of upcoming DVD Cover Art.

DVD REVIEW

(http://www.dvdreview.com) is another excellent site that tells when movies are coming to DVD. IN ADDITION, the site features an extensive archived list of DVD with Easter Eggs (or hidden features). It tells you what the Easter Egg is, and step-by-step how to access it on the DVD.

Check out both sites when you have a chance. You may be delightfully surprised when you see what's on its way to DVD.

Both links are accessible through the Reference Links under Arts & Entertainment, or you can access them directly at http://www.thedigitalbits.com/ and http://www.dvdreview.com/

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Proudly Presents
BOOKS & BUBBLY 2005
Celebrate Dining and Dancing in "Our Town"

Saturday, September 10th
7 PM - 10 PM
$30.00 Per Ticket


Tickets available in advance
At the Albright Memorial Library
Or at the door

Proceeds Benefit
Albright Memorial Library

For more information,
Call 348-3000, ext. 3001

Monday, July 25, 2005


ANCESTRY LIBRARY CLASSES HELD THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH*

The Reference Department of Albright Memorial Library is sponsoring FREE introductory classes in AncestryLibrary.com.

The next scheduled FREE class is Wednesday, August 3rd at 6 PM in the Computer Lab in the basement of the Children's Library.

AncestryLibrary.com, one of our newest and most popular databases in the Reference Department, offers a searchable database of census records, passenger lists, birth and death records, and much, much more!

AncestryLibrary.com introduction classes are FREE with your valid Lackawanna County Library System Library Card.

Classes are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6 P.M. in the computer lab in the basement of the Children's Library; classes usually last one hour.

*Reservations are required. To schedule for a class, please call the Reference Department at (570) 348-3000, ext. 3008 or email us at refdept@albright.org or stop by the Reference Desk to sign up in person.

Get back to your roots with AncestryLibrary.com

Saturday, July 23, 2005

NEW CHAIRS IN THE REFERENCE DEPARTMENT
(AND A NEW TABLE IN THE REFERENCE ROOM)




PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAMELA MURPHY

Thursday, July 21, 2005

MAKES" HISTORY"

ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA POWER LIBRARY has added a BRAND NEW DATABASE. Its name, you ask?
HISTORY REFERENCE CENTER.

An EBSCOhost database, listed under "General Reference," HISTORY REFERENCE CENTER includes a wide variety of full-text books, primary source documents (including historical speeches), magazine articles, and an archive of BOTH IMAGES AND VIDEO (YES, VIDEO).

For more information on this exciting new database, go to http://www.albright.org/
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For a complete list of sources included in History Reference Center, click here

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

For Arthur...
The Reference Staff has lost a dear friend.

Arthur Gruber, one of our favorite patrons in the Reference Department, has recently passed away.

Arthur was a true gentleman. You truly couldn't ask for a kinder patron. He told a great joke, he was a pro on the computer, and we always looked forward to his frequent visits to us in the Reference Department.

Our staff is very saddened by Arthur's recent passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

ILLUSIONS
@
YOUR
LIBRARY

featuring Damian the Magician


Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
@6 PM

Join us in the Reference Room in
the Reference Department
of Albright Memorial Library
for some magic.

Free for all ages

For more information,
call 348-3000
*
For more information on Damian the Magician,
visit his website at:

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Have you ever thought that you had a movie script memorized line-by-line, but were still unsure about some of the dialogue? It happens to even the most ardent movie fan---and I LOVE movies.

There's a GREAT link in our Reference Links under "Arts & Entertainment" called "Movie and Television Scripts," AKA Drew's Script-O-Rama. This awesome site features movie scripts--including early unfilmed drafts--of some of the most popular movies of all time of such films as Kill Bill, The Lord of the Rings, and All About Eve (which is filled with memorable quotes like this one). The site also includes scripts of episodes for several television shows such as Friends, The Golden Girls, and even long-running soap operas like All My Children.Formats include web-based, text, and PDF display.

So if you want to relive some of your favorite movies--or even if you want to see deleted scenes from early drafts of films that could've been (if you don't believe me, check out this early draft of the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg hit Sister Act)--check out Drew's Script-O-Rama at http://www.script-o-rama.com/

Monday, July 18, 2005

"DOES SCRANTON HAVE A WEBSITE?"


YES IT DOES!! TWO, in fact.

All About Scranton & ScrantonPA.gov

Launched earlier this year, All About Scranton gives information on local government, events, and happenings in Scranton, PA--INCLUDING A BUSINESS DIRECTORY.

Also launched earlier this year was ScrantonPA.gov, the official website of the City of Scranton. The site includes links to the city departments, the Mayor's office, information about the community, and events and announcements.

The two links are available through our Reference Links under "Scranton Area Information" or you can go directly to http://www.allaboutscranton.com/ or http://www.scrantonPA.gov/

NEW BOOK: PATENT IT YOURSELF

The Reference Department has recently acquired the 11th Edition of Patent It Yourself, written by patent attorney David Pressman. Dubbed "The World's Bestselling Patent Guide," Patent It Yourself includes everything you need to create a successful patent application--including step-by-step instructions and all the forms you need.

Patent It Yourself is currently on the "New Books" shelf in the Reference Department.

Friday, July 15, 2005








STORY OF OUR BLOG: A HOW-TO AND SOME HELPFUL HINTS

Since we started it back in May, our Reference Department blog has gotten overwhelmingly postive feedback from just about everyone - from patrons to fellow staff members - even other librarians from other libraries have commented on how much they like it.
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So what I'd like to do in this message is provide you with a list of six (count 'em, 6) steps that may be helpful in creating your very own blog (or web diary) - whether it's a personal blog or one for your department or organization.

1) FIND A "BLOG HOSTER"

A simple Yahoo! or Google search for "blog hosting" will provide you with links to several sites that will be your "blog hoster" (or the websites that will post your blog). Every blog hoster is different - ranging from accessibility and "ease-of-use" to cost. Keep in mind that not all "blog hosters" are free.

Our Reference Department selected Blogger.com as our "blog hoster" because it's free, very easy-to-use, and has had a lot of great recommendations in a lot of literature we read to research "blog hosters" (there's some GREAT articles in the Masterfile Premier database through Access Pennsylvania Power Library) . So do your research first and look for such factors as cost (or hidden cost) and ease-of-use before selecting your “blog hoster.” Any librarian will tell you that “there’s nothing wrong with a little research.”


2) CREATING YOUR ACCOUNT (AS SIMPLE AS SIGNING UP FOR EMAIL)

Creating a “blog account” is as simple as signing up for Yahoo! E-mail. At Blogger.com, there are 3 simple steps:

a) Create an account—This simply means you create a username and password, just as if you were creating an e-mail account. Some suggestions are to create a username that fits your organization (or, if it’s a personal blog, one that fits your personality); then create a password. If you plan to have other people (co-workers or friends) contribute to your blog, feel free to share your password with them.

HINT: Your username will be in your URL for the blog, followed by blogspot.com (mind you, NOT Blogger, but blogspot)

Example: http://USERNAME.blogspot.com/

b) Name your blog—Give a title to your blog. Blooger.com also allows to create a brief description (or subtitle) to your blog that will appear directly below the title.

c) Choose a templateBlogger.com has a variety of templates that vary in factors such as color (from a plain black or white background to “busier” backgrounds to placements/layout of your posted messages). If you don’t like the template you initially selected, you can change it at any time—even after you’ve posted messages.

3) PICTURES

There’s nothing wrong with including pictures on your blog. Plain and basic is fine. However, in an ever-changing environment like our Reference Department – where computers are being installed, new books are being added to the collection by the truckload, and events are forthcoming or happening – it helps to include an actual photograph of what you’re blogging about.

Selecting Images

For web images, you can try either a Yahoo! Images Search or a Google Image Search (make sure the images are noncopyrighted before you use them; if they are copyrighted, please ask the hoster of that site for permission to use the photo or AT LEAST give them a photo credit on your blog).

You can also use your own scanned or digital photos that you would like to upload and post to your blog.

Posting Images

In your “Create New Post”, simply click on the “Add Image” icon on the toolbar (icon of a scenic photograph on the right-hand side); select if you want the photo on the left, right, or center. And (for my own experience) the photos default to appearing at the top of the message; therefore, if you would like the photo to appear in the middle of your post (as opposed to the top), keep this tidbit in mind when you upload your pics.

Another option is to download a image publishing software (a great one is Hello) to your computer and post pictures that way.

4) “PR, DARLING, PR!!!!!!”

If you’re maintaining a blog, particularly for work (whether it be for a single department or an entire organization), it’s important to let people know that your blog exists. As the character of Edina Monsoon said on the 90s Britcom Absolutely Fabulous, “PR, darling! PR!!!!”.

Some great ideas for creating awareness for your blog are creating a link on your main website (for example, the webmaster of Albright Memorial Library put a link to the Reference Department Blog right on the main library page) and creating handouts or pamphlets for your patrons or customers. Even including a link to your blog in your e-mail signature is PR for your blog. In addition, Blogger.com immediately creates a link in Google which will appear in a search...SEE?

Therefore, get the word out about your blog. If your blog is for an organization or a department (like ours), you want people to read it and be aware of it. If no one knows it’s there, what’s the point of having it?

5) UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE!!!!!!!

Now that your blog is up-and-running, don’t let it crash into a brick wall and remain motionless. Update your blog frequently – or even occasionally – with posts and pictures. Blogging can be like any other activity with a tantalizing tinge of “novelty” – in other words, you may try it for awhile, get bored, and never do it again.
DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN TO YOUR BLOG!!!!!!

6) HAVE FUN WITH IT

There is no right or wrong way to do a blog. In blogging, there are no rules. You don’t have to worry about being perfect or getting things just right. If you misspell a word or write the same word twice (as I often do) , you can always go back into the message list and correct information or add new information to an "already-posted message."

Even if you're doing a blog for a library or other professional organization, make your blog fun and colorful, even witty. There's no greater crime than being boring.

Well...that's the gist of my lil' lesson. I hope you all start blogs and I hope you have fun doing them. If you happen to start one, email me at refdept@albright.org and let me see too.

HAPPY BLOGGING!!!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Hmmm....

Have you ever been sitting around and wondering matter-of-factly, "Gee, I wonder who invented the fax machine"? Or "Who the heck is this Marie Curie I've heard so much about? What did SHE do that was so great?"

From SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN comes Rodney Carlisle's "Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries," a new addition to the book collection in the Reference Department; it will answer the above questions...and so many more.

Organized into six chronoligical, easy-to-browse sections (ranging from prehistory to the 21st century), the book reveals the fascinating intersection of science and technology throughout the ages. The text further explains how modern everyday items (such as the camera and the atlas) and not-so-everyday items (such as radium and the sextant) first came-to-be as cutting edge and innovating breakthroughs.

Still not sure what a sextant is? I'm not tellin', no-sirie-bob. But you can look it up in "Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries," currently on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department.

MISS MANNERS
FRESHLY UPDATED
Just added to the reference collection is the freshly updated (author's words, not mine) edition of Judith Martin's Miss Manners Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior.
This freshly updated version of the classic bestseller (written in correspondence format) includes the latest letters, essays and illustrations, along with the laugh-out-loud unique brand of wisdom that Miss Manners has come to be known for.
The freshly updated version of Judith Martin's classic Miss Manners Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior is currently shelved on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department.

NEW BOOK: "OUR SPECIAL PAGES"; ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE


The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in Scranton, PA has recently published a truly inspiring book titled "Our Special Pages." The book's subtitle explains that the book is "A Collection of Essays and Poems Written by Cancer Survivors that Appeared in the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute's Newsletter, NewsNotes, from 1991 to 1995." The text is an inspirational collection of snapshots of living with and surviving cancer.

The book is currently on display on the "New Books" shelf in the Reference Department.

Also, the complete book is available online in PDF format at http://www.cancernepa.org/web/PDF%20Files/SPECIAL-PAGES.PDF

If you would like to receive your own copy of "Our Special Pages," please e-mail the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at editor@cancernepa.org

Monday, July 11, 2005

SUNDAE SUNDAYS JULY 10, 2005






















THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS PAST WEEKEND'S SUNDAE SUNDAYS SUCH A SUCCESS!!!
Photographs by
Pamela Murphy

NEW BOOK:

DUTY IS OUR PRIDE

150 Years of Firefighting in Scranton, PA

New to the Reference Department's Local History collection is DUTY IS OUR PRIDE: 150 YEARS OF FIREFIGHTING IN SCRANTON, PA. This wonderfully informative book gives a history of the Scranton Fire Department, galleries of firefighters (past and present), and photos and histories of some of the biggest fires in Scranton's past.

DUTY IS OUR PRIDE: 150 YEARS OF FIREFIGHTING IN SCRANTON, PA. is currently on display on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department.

NEW BOOK: THE SUPERHERO BOOK

Another new book in the Reference Department. Subtitled "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Legends," The Superhero Book includes over 300 full entries , covering the best-loved and historically significant comic book, movie, television, and novel superheroes--from Batman to Spiderman to Elektra and beyond. Also features over 150 color illustrations, including dozens of comic book covers.
The Superhero Book is currently on display on the "New Books" shelf in the Reference Department.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

"I NEED SOME INFO ON MEDICATION
AND I DON'T HAVE A PDR"
Do you want some general information on a certain medication, but you can't get to the library to look at the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR)? Furthermore, do you find the PDR confusing?

One alternative is a website of a "Medication Guide" from a company called HealthTouch Online. The site is searchable by both generic and brand name of a medicine, and it gives general information on how to use, foods to avoid, suggestions for missed dosages; possible side effects, etc.

HealthTouch Online also has separate pages devoted to: vitamins, supplements and natural medicine; a health resource directory, which gives links to additional medical websites; and other health information.

WARNING: Although this site has great information, the information on HealthTouch Online SHOULD NOT REPLACE YOUR DOCTOR. But if you're just looking for some general information on Health, check out HealthTouch Online's Medicine Guide and its other databases.

HealthTouch Online is also linked in on Reference Links page under "Medical & Health information".

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

4th Annual

October 2005


http://www.scrantonreads.org/





Under "Government and Statistical Information" on our Reference Links page, you will find an impressive and comprehensive website titled "Federal Forms" (or forms.gov). The website links to PDF files of forms from various U.S. federal agencies. Just print, fill out, and mail--easy as 1, 2, 3.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005


This Sunday, July 10th from 2:30-4 PM in front of the library. Ice cream is free and all are welcome.