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Global Road Warrior October 19, 2010

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Global Road WarriorGlobal Road Warrior is a useful tool that contains profiles for 175 different countries in one convenient location.  Each country profile includes cultural information as well as demographics.  This tool is especially useful for people traveling for business, as it provides specific information about business culture.  Other information provided is equally useful to business and non-business travelers alike, such as information pertaining to travel documents and immunizations required for entrance.   Each profile contains points of interest, city views, maps, essential terms (language), transportation information, and other pertinent information for travelers.  This resource is also useful for children required to research the culture of a specific country for school.

Global Road Warrior is accessible to library patrons from any computer connected to the internet.  To access this database, visit the Chemung County Library District’s website, click on the link for “Reference”, “Electronic Databases”, and select “Global Road Warrior” from the list of databases.  You will be asked to enter the first 5 digits of your library card number before you will be allowed access to this resource.

Library Use & Return on Investment Value Calculator October 16, 2010

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What is your library worth to you?

We know you value the services and resources provided by your public library, but just how much are those services worth? How much would you pay out-of-pocket if the library didn’t exist, or if these services and resources weren’t available at no cost?

Take a moment and reflect on your library use over the past month, then plug those numbers into the form below. This page will calculate a total value related to the items you checked out and the services and resources you used.

http://ccld.lib.ny.us/libcalc.htm

The Invisible Gorilla October 14, 2010

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I am really excited about two new books I have just finished reading. One is:

The Invisible Gorilla : and other ways our intuitions deceive us by Christopher F. Chabris and Daniel Simons. I had recently read about a psychology study using a unseen gorilla in a video somewhere and instantly thought all the way back to my college freshman psychology class where suddenly a few people burst into the room arguing loudly. The professor ushered them out and then had us all write a description of the people and the event. He then read a few aloud. To our surprise, we all thought we had seen some very different people and events (some saw guns) and the incident was so compelling  that  I remained interested in perception, memory, and thought ever since. So when I saw this title, I charged it out of the library. This book reviewing the latest studies was just fascinating, explaining how and why even very smart people can have faulty thinking. It discussed causation versus correlation, subliminal motivation etc. Many fascinating ideas here. They even discussed why a few of the nonfiction best-sellers I’ve read recently were incorrect!

The Naked Lady Who Stood on her Head : a psychiatrist’s stories of his most bizarre cases by Gary W. Small, MD and his wife Gigi Vorgan, a screenwriter, was the second book I couldn’t put down. The cover said “a spellbinding record of the doctor’s most bewildering cases.” But what I enjoyed most was his explanations of his cases and his research into the human mind. So much has been discovered about brain chemistry due to the ability to do non-invasive imaging in the last five years. Dr Small now specialize in geriatric psychiatry and is listed in America’s Top Doctors, a reference work I have recommended before.  The title of Naked Lady referred to a case that demonstrated the physician must first consider a physical, treatable condition, such as diabetic shock or a thyroid condition as a cause  for unusual behavior before he considers mental conditions .  I thought the title was unfortunate because he repeatedly talked about undoing the stigma of mental illness and how the stigma stopped people  who  could  benefit from psychiatry from getting proper care yet the title unfortunately, sensationalizes the subject. Still, the book was fascinating.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

New Tools For Early Literacy October 5, 2010

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Recognizing that literacy opens the door to a lifetime of learning, the Friends Board approved the purchase of two items on the “Library Wish List” during the September meeting. Both items, presented by CCLD Director Ron Shaw, will support the library’s early literacy initiatives and will cost around $7500.

The first, TumbleBooks (http://www.tumblebooks.com/), is an online collection of animated, talking picture books that promote literacy. Picture books have long been used to teach kids the joy of reading in a format they love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which a child can read, or have read to them.

The TumbleBook Library collection will be available online from every computer in the libraries with Internet connection, or from home through a direct link on the library website.

The second purchase will be two Early Literacy Stations (ELS) targeted for kids, pre-K through 4th grade, and grows and changes as the child ages. Each ELS includes 50 educational software programs that cover seven curricular areas such as social studies, science and math. The website is http://www.awe-net.com/els.asp.

According to Ron, literacy is “the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. We want our kids to be knowledgeable and educated because we know this will enrich their experience of the world and expand their opportunities for success. And now, thanks to this generous support given by the Friends, our children will have that opportunity.”

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