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Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Opposing Viewpoints in Context June 17, 2014

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an online database covering today’s political and social issues in depth and from different perspectives. It is a great resource for students conducting research on a topic or for someone who wants an overview of a current issue in the news. This database is easy to navigate and rich in information.  Opposing Viewpoints in Context is provided by the New York State Library.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

  • On the top center of the page there are five highlighted issues, each depicted by a photograph and a caption noting the subject. If you click on view more it will lead you to that topic’s information page.
  • Underneath these pictures are issues listed in categories, view more expands these listings. If you click on the Browse Issues tab at the top of the page, there is a complete alphabetical index of topics included in the database.
  • To the left of the homepage is Featured Video and Featured News clips. Many articles may be viewed by clicking on the featured newspaper title.
  • There is a Basic search and Advanced search for searching a topic of interest or even a specific name, title of an article, or publication date.
  • If you click on the tab marked Maps, using the picture index at the top of the page, you can select an issue by clicking on one of the thumbnail images . This section gives you statistical information, pinpointing various areas by scrolling over the map.
  • Once you click on a subject, it will lead you to an informational page which provides you with a summary of that issue and a variety of resources pertaining to that topic including pro and con viewpoints, articles from varied sources, statistical data, audio and video clips and suggested websites.

Connie Ogilvie
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

 

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Keyboard Shortcuts May 12, 2014

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I love working with younger librarians (Owen, Jennie, Connie) because they so often tell me a quick way to do something on a computer that I didn’t know. One of those things is keyboard commands. For example: if you want to find a word in a document you are typing and you hold the Control key down and tap the F key, a box comes up where you type the word and hit the enter key and it goes directly to the word. If you want to print and can’t find a symbol of a printer or the word print underlined on the screen, you can always hold the CTRL key down and hit the P key and print the document you are viewing. To copy a part of a document you can highlight what you want to copy and hold the CTRL key and hit the C button. You get the idea but for more keyboard commands, you can go to Google and just type in Keyboard Commands or see the list below for more ideas.

• CTRL+C: Copy
• CTRL+X: Cut
• CTRL+V: Paste
• CTRL+Z: Undo
• CTRL+B: Bold
• CTRL+U: Underline
• CTRL+I: Italic

Phyllis Rogan
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – NoveList March 24, 2014

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What to Read Next???

If you have read every book by Stephen King, John Grisham, or Joanne Fluke in the STARCat collection and yearn to learn of other books or authors that are similar in writing style, plot, or setting, try our Novelist Database today.

What is NoveList???

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Novelist is a special database that helps fiction readers of all ages find new and interesting books and authors by identifying titles similar by plot, subject, writing style, setting, and much more. In the library business we call this database a Readers Advisory tool.

How do I find NoveList???

  1. Go to: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/db.htm#Literature
  2. type in your 13 digit Library Card number.
  3. Click Submit Query Button

How do I use NoveList???

There are several ways to discover new books and authors. Here are some browsing options:

Top left Corner by author, series, subject or more.

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Right Column Articles and in-depth Topics

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Left Column Browse by Genres

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The middle of the page provides suggestions by popular titles

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Searching Options–You can enter your favorite author, title, series or subject in the search box.
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After your search is completed, You have several options for limiting or narrowing your results. See Below

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Similar Authors

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Or by audience, and publication date.
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Click here to view tutorial YouTube videos. Of course you can always call the Central Library’s adult services desk at 733-9175 if you have any questions.

Owen Frank
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – JobNow! February 18, 2014

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JobNow!Job searching and resume creation are topics that we are often asked about in the Adult Services Department of CCLD’s Central Library.  You may or may not be aware that patrons of our library and libraries of the Southern Tier (public libraries in Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates Counties) have access to a service called JobNowJobNow has a number of features that can help job seekers including:  career resources, resume help, interview coaching, GED test prep, and more.

For individuals looking for help creating a resume, there are downloadable templates available to help them get started.  If someone already has a resume and would like help fine-tuning it, there is a resume lab service that allows users to submit a resume and receive feedback within 24 hours.  Another great feature available is live resume help that allows users to connect with an expert for resume advice.  The portion of the website dedicated to helping users “ace the interview” includes links to tips and resources and also has a live coaching feature that allows you to connect to an interview coach.  All of the live help features are only available from 2pm – 11pm on Mondays.  For more information about JobNow, contact the Central Library.  To access JobNow, click on the link located on our databases page.

JobNow was purchased with Central Book Aid Funds provided to CCLD’s Central Branch by New York State.

Jennie Lewis
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – USA.gov January 13, 2014

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USA.gov, is the official government website to find government information and services on the internet.  Government services are indexed A-Z, including “Health Insurance,” “Passports,” or “Unclaimed Money from the Government.”  You can also browse Government services that  are indexed by topic or subject areas.  An example of this would be the subject entitled “Benefits and Grants: Online Services” which includes information on housing assistance, government grants, veteran benefits and much more.  Government agencies are alphabetically listed as well; in this section you will also find links for state and local government representatives, local agencies and the proper contact info.  There is a tab for the section called Blog, which covers current events which could include comments about weather patterns or sometimes warnings about scams.  This is also the site to get Free Government publications on a wide variety of topics including Going Green, Pet Care, or Nutrition. This is a great site for all kinds of Government Information….bookmark it today!

Connie Ogilvie
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Google Trusted Stores December 4, 2013

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Google Trusted Store LogoIt’s the season to shop! Are you hesitant about shopping on the internet, wondering if the site is legitimate and whether you will actually get the item you are buying and that your credit card information will remain private? If so, in October of 2011, Google launched a new service for you; Google Trusted Stores. Online stores apply to Google, who will verify that they meet Google’s standards of good quality and service and then allow them to put a badge which consists of a large green check mark in a multicolored circle in the lower right of the site. The customer can then shop knowing they will receive reliable shipping, excellent customer service, and free purchase protection (Google will reimburse a dissatisfied customer up to $1,000.00.) The benefit to the store is the increased confidence of new shoppers and attracting new customers from Google. Large well known stores such as Macy’s or Landsend don’t need to do this so not every site you can trust will have a Google Trusted Store logo, as they must apply and give information about their sales and service.

Phyllis Rogan
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes: New York State Gannett Newsstand September 18, 2013

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Did you know the NOVELny program now offers library patrons throughout New York State Access to all the Gannett Newspapers which include full-text archive of the Elmira Star Gazette 1999- present, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin 1999-present, Ithaca Journal 2003-present, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 2003-present?

Here are directions on how to access newspaper articles. In this example we will demonstrate how to limit a search to a specific newspaper.  Click on the steps below for illustrations.

1. Go to: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/db.htm#Magazine

2.  Enter your library card number

3. Limit to Star Gazette

4. Type Star Gazette then press the search button

5. Conduct your Search

6. Click on the article title

7. Once you open the article you have several options to save the article including email or print.

NOVELny is a program through the New York State Library. NOVELny connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. See: http://novelnewyork.org/

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Owen Frank
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes: Open Source Software – Free alternatives to popular programs August 16, 2013

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Did you know that there are free Open Source alternatives to some of the most popular computer programs on the market today?  Unlike proprietary software, anyone can view and modify the source code for Open Source software to create modified or derived works of the original program.  Because the source code can be freely accessed, most open source software is free to download.

If you don’t have Microsoft Office, before you buy it, try LibreOffice or Open Office instead.

Tired of Internet Explorer?  Firefox and Chrome are great Open Source alternatives.

Can’t afford Photoshop?  Try GIMP!

Looking for a Dreamweaver equivalent?  BlueGriffon and KompoZer have similar features and are free!

If you’re looking for an alternative to Windows and Mac, try Linux Mint!  There are many distributions of Linux available but Mint appears to be the most popular lately (http://distrowatch.com).  Install it on an old computer and try it out.

These are just a handful of the numerous Open Source programs that are available to you.  If you’re interested in learning more, here are some resources…

More about Open Source:

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The Open Source Initiative

Linux and Open Source – The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

More about free alternatives:

SourceForge – Find, Create, and Publish Open Source software for free

The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives

Open-source software rated: Ten alternatives you need

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Jennie Lewis
Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

 

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Placing a Hold in Starcat July 17, 2013

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bitsnbytes_julyStarcat, as you know, is our library catalog that gives you access to materials from both your own library, as well as materials from any of the Southern Tier Library System’s 48 member libraries.  When conducting a search for an item, to the right of your search results you will see the “Place Hold” button.  You can also place a hold by using the “Select an Action” menu.  Both of these Hold paths are also available to you after clicking on a particular item for details.  Click on the “Place Hold” button for the item you have chosen, a box appears to enter your library card number and your pin number, which is the last 4 digits of your phone number. Once you have entered this information, another box will appear that reads “Pick Up Library,” which through a drop down menu allows you to choose the library where you want to pick up your material.

Even after the hold is placed you can log into your account, click on the “My Holds” section, and have the option to Cancel Hold, Edit Pickup Location, Suspend Hold which allows you to delay the start of the hold, or Cancel Hold Suspension, which assures the cancellation of the hold suspension.

If an item is not available through our Southern Tier Library System, there is also the Interlibrary Loan System which provides access to library materials from other libraries across the country.  Submit your request through the edesk (edesk@stls.org) or ask a reference librarian for assistance.

Connie Ogilvie
CCLD – Central Library Reference Department

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – New York State Vital Records June 12, 2013

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The Central Branch (Steele Memorial Library) of the Chemung County Library District is very proud of our agreement with the New York State Health Department to house the New York State Vital Statistics Index on microfiche at our library.  The indexes are from 1880 to 1937 for births and 1880 to 1962 for marriages and deaths.  Genealogists must come to the library to use the microfiche (see www.ccld.lib.ny.us/vitalstats.htm for more about the vital statistics).

There has been lots of talk on genealogist listservs about whether the index will be put online and now a part of it has been put online. We have put a link to it on our genealogy links page:  http://ccld.lib.ny.us/genealogy_links.htm.  Scroll down  and you will see Upstate New York Death Records 1957-1963.  Click the link and have fun with the test run of the NYS Vital statistics Index online!

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Phyllis Rogan
CCLD – Central Library Reference Department

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