Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I thought this was really interesting. A fellow blogger from Scranton, Josh Frank, has made a reference to our Reference blog on his own blog. The mention was regarding the Harry Potter Birthday Party held last month at the Scranton Cultural Center. See the entry by clicking here. To view Josh's full blog (which is really cool), click here or on his name above.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

UPCOMING EVENTS RECAP

Below is a quick recap of entries of upcoming events; click on the event below to be taken to that blog entry.

Yard Sale (Saturday, August 27th)

Labor Day Closing (Monday, September 5th)

Books & Bubbly (Saturday, September 10th)

Friends of the Scranton Public Library Book Sale
(Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th)


Internet “Self Check-Out” (Week of September 12th)

NEW BOOK:
MAFIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Third Edition
New to the Reference Department collection is the 3rd Edition of Carl Sifakis’ The Mafia Encyclopedia. The book features more than 500 entries and over 100 illustations of everything Mafia—from John Gotti and Al Capone to The Sopranos and nose jobs (don’t ask).

The Mafia Encyclopedia, 3rd edition, is currently on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department; the call number is:

REF
364.106
SIFAKIS
THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH
IN OBSERVANCE OF
To read all about Labor Day,

Monday, August 22, 2005




*
INTERNET "SELF CHECK-OUT"
COMING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12TH
*
In order to provide faster and fairer service, the Reference Department will be installing Internet "Self Check-Out" to make it easier than ever before for you to use the Internet at Albright Memorial Library. The entire Reference Department staff is very excited about this new software, and it is very easy to use.

There are two major advantages for the Internet "Self Check-Out" system:

1) You no longer need to leave your library card at the Reference desk and be assigned to a computer by a librarian

If computers are empty and available, simply go to the “Self Check-Out” station near the lobby area of the Reference Department. Simply scan your library barcode and the station will randomly assign a computer number to you and give you a printout of your computer number and password. Then go to the computer you were assigned to, type in your password, and you're ready to go.

When you're finished using the Internet, you won't have to remember which computer number you were on to get your library card back (in fact you'll still have it).

If computers are busy, the “Self Check-Out” system automatically controls your session length so that everyone gets an equal chance of using a computer. A timer on your desktop will keep you informed of how much time you have remaining for your session. You will even be receive a warning when you have 10 minutes, then 4 minutes, then 1 minute remaining of your session so you have time to complete your tasks, send email, and save any work you are finishing.

If ALL computers are in use, the “Internet “Self Check-Out” will let you sign up for the next available computer; it will also give you the estimated waiting time before your computer is available.

2) Your privacy will be maintained

A major concern among our Internet users is privacy while using the computer—whether it be sites you have visited, online purchases you have made, emails you have sent, etc.

Be assured that when you log off the Internet, the Internet “Self Check-Out” software will delete all the sites you have visited and also any “Favorites” or “Bookmarks” you may have saved.

Also, if you have to step away from your computer (e.g. to use the bathroom), you may lock your computer workstation so no one else can go on your assigned computer; you simply make up a password and click "Lock". When you return, simply type in the password you made up when you locked your workstation, and the software will allow you to continue your session.

Check out a demo of the Internet "Self Check-Out" by clicking here. If, for some reason, the presentation doesn't immediately begin, click the "Back" button and click "Clicking Here" again.

If you have any questions about the upcoming use of Internet "Self Check-Out," feel free to email us at
refdept@albright.org

Saturday, August 20, 2005

***********************
THE BOOK SALE IS COMING!
THE BOOK SALE IS COMING!
***********************

is quickly approaching.

Thursday, Sept 8th; 6:00-8:00pm Sneak Peek*
Saturday, Sept 10th; 9:00-4:00pm
Sunday, Sept 11th; 2:00-4:00pm

All Book Sales are held in the Community Room (Lower Level) of the
520 Vine Street
Scranton, PA. 18509

*Sneak Peek Sales are for
paid members of the
***
If you are interested in becoming a
Friend of the Scranton Public Library,
click here for more information.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

WHAT HAPPENED
TO THE MOVIE BLOG?

Don't fret. Have no fear. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Movie Blog is still up-and-running. Presently, it's only accessible here from the Reference Department Blog or by directly going to this link:

http://wb-scranton-movies.blogspot.com/

UPDATE: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Movie Blog is again directly linked on the Reference Department page.
NEW BOOK:
THE ELEMENTS OF
INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH STYLE
Another new book has been added to the Reference Department collection.

Edmond H. Weiss' The Elements of International English Style is subtitled "A Guide to Writing Correspondence, Reports, Technical Documents, and Internet Pages For a Global Audience."

One reviewer at Amazon.com has stated (and I quote) The Elements of International English Style is "'Strunk and White' for the 21st Century."

The Elements of International English Style is currently housed on the New Books Shelf in the Reference Department before it reaches its permanent address at:

REF
808.042
WEISS

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

REFERENCE DEPARTMENT'S
NEW WEB PAGE IS UP & RUNNING...

As you may have noticed already, Albright Memorial Library has a brand new web site. And with Albright's new web site comes a brand new web site for the Reference Department.

The first thing you may have noticed is that the new page looks completely different. You may be asking yourself:

What happened to the Reference Links?

Those categories and those little blue book thingies you click on are completely gone.

Dag Nubbit, how do I find them?

WELL, the good news is all of the Reference Links are still there--Only now they're called Online Resources. You can access them on the top left-hand corner of the new Reference Department page (the new URL is http://www.lackawannacountylibrarysystem.org/albright/).

It's text-based now (words only), and a brief description for each site is provided with each link. Ten links are listed per results page, with options to look at additional pages on the bottom of the list.

What's even more groovy is now you can search the links by keyword (just like the library catalog), as well as by subject (as you used to do).

The link is http://www.lackawannacountylibrarysystem.org/online_resources.php

ANOTHER QUESTION that arose is:

Where in tarnation is Learning Express Library?

To acces the Learning Express Library, go to the Albright Memorial Library home page; on the top righthand side of the screen is a list titled At the Albright Memorial Library; select Library Resources, which lists databases exclusive to Albright Memorial Library. Under "Education" is the link for Learning Express Library.

If you have any other questions about our new site, please don't hesitate to email us at refdept@albright.org and we'll see if we can help you.

Recently added to the reference collection is a brand new book whose goal is to match your personality type with the perfect occupation, based on the latest available government data.

50 Best Jobs For Your Personality, by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D. , includes 300 job descriptions and makes the best careet fit for 6 personality types (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional).

The book also includes "Best Jobs" lists for each personality type, organized by earnings, growth, education level, and much more.

Also included are actual job descriptions packed with details on wages, growth, education required, tasks and responsibilities, and skills needed.

50 Best Jobs For Your Personality is currently on the New Books Shelf in the Reference Department. Its call number is:
REF
331.702
FARR

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Albright Memorial Library
is having a
Yard Sale.
*
Saturday, August 27th
8 AM-12 PM
In Front Of The Children's Library
*
Proceeds Benefit

Monday, August 15, 2005

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

INTERNET SELF CHECK-OUT IS SET FOR
SEPTEMBER 12TH

Next month, the Reference Department will be changing the way it checks out computers to patrons. No longer will you hand in your library card at the Reference Desk and be assigned a computer. No longer will you need to remember which computer the librarian assigned you to.

Beginning Monday, September 12th, you (the patron) will be checking out your own computers. There will be a "check out" station in the Ready Reference Room (the same place you hand your card in now); you'll scan your own library card, and the station will assign you a computer and give you a code to "log in." When you get to the computer you're assigned to, you put in the code you received from the check-out station and VOILA!

For a demonstration of the self check-out software, click here.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

REFERENCE DEPARTMENT TO HOST
THE DA VINCI CODE: Fact or Fiction?
Thursday, August 18th
Reference Department
Albright Memorial Library
7 P.M.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*

+
ABOUT OUR PRESENTER,
DR. ERIC PLUMER
+


Dr. Eric Antone Plumer, Assistant Professor of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Scranton, holds a degree in English from Fairfield University and degrees in Theology from Oxford University and the University of Notre Dame. His book on Augustine's Commentary on Galatians was published in January 2003 by Oxford University Press, making it the first time that this work by St Augustine had been translated into English.

*Reservations are required for the presentation. If you are planning to attend, please contact Laura Hendricks
by phone at (570) 348-3000, extension 3043 or by email at lhendricks@albright.org

Monday, August 01, 2005


OUR NEW BLOG DEVOTED TO MOVIES/TV/MUSIC THAT REFERENCE SCRANTON OR WB
Have you ever stopped to wonder how many things in popular culture have referenced either Wilkes-Barre or Scranton, PA? From classic movies to popular TV shows to timeless songs, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre have left their mark.

To honor those fleeting, often ignored references, I’ve created a brand new blog:

http://wb-scranton-movies.blogspot.com/

Now you may stop and wonder, “SHEESH, ANOTHER BLOG? Don’t you do any REAL WORK? Is this how my tax dollars are being wasted?”

To answer those three questions---Yes, Yes, and NO!

Not only are these references frequently inquired about by patrons in the Reference Department, but the subject of this blog covers both the Reference AND Local History aspects of how this part of NEPA has infiltrated (either broadly or on a miniscule level) popular culture in all formats.

I plan to update this new blog less frequently as our main blog, but I NEED YOUR HELP! If you know of a reference to either Scranton or Wilkes-Barre in music, film or television, PLEASE email us at
refdept@albright.org. Not only will it make our blog more complete, but I’ll also give you a credit on the blog.

So check out “Scranton/Wilkes-Barre At the Movies” at
http://wb-scranton-movies.blogspot.com/ and see what you think and, more importantly, if you can contribute.
One of my colleagues in the Reference Department found a great new site just five minutes ago.
Let's paint the scenario...a patron called this afternoon looking for a web site that could identify a phone carrier by the first three numbers (or prefix) of a phone number. Believe it or not, one actually exists.

Go to Fone Finder (or http://www.fonefinder.net/); type in your area code and your phone number prefix (e.g. (570) 348-) and/or city, then hit "Search." Immediately, it will display who the phone carrier is for that calling area.

Special thanks to RY for finding that site.

NEW BOOK:

2005 PRO FOOTBALL REGISTER

Here's something to psych you up for the upcoming football season (yup , summer's almost over). Brand new in the Reference Department is the newly updated 2005 Edition of the Pro Football Register.

Subtitled "Every Player, Every Stat,"the 2005 Pro Football Register includes alphabetical listings of every player in the NFL - coaches, too - with their career statistics and biographical information (including awards and honors). It's also perfect for analyzing your fantasy draft (whatever that is), or just to have on hand for easy reference during the season.

The 2005 Pro Football Register is currently on display on the New Books Shelf in the Reference Department.

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