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Unchanging Designs September 30, 2013

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Staplers have been around for a long time. Their purpose is to pierce and clip papers together. The design of the stapler has changed a little, and the staple itself really hasn’t changed at all. It is still a piece of metal that punctures papers, then folds under to secure.

Clocks remain the same. There has been one big change to the clock display – the digital face born last century – but the original idea ultimately remains the same, and continues to endure.

A lot of things maintain their original attributes – cars have largely retained their original design: motor, seating space for passengers, wheels to ride on and a steering device. Home design has withstood the test of time; they still suit our needs best with appointed rooms for different tasks.

Books haven’t changed, either. What?, you say, what about ebooks that you read on a device? Well, think about it, the book is still read, one virtual page at a time, with “turned” pages, and chapter units. The reading device mimics the tangible original in all aspects except physical makeup – one is electronically delivered in an operating system, the other is made of substance, with real paper pages and ink.

These ideas endure because they work. They fit into our lives. They make sense. Things that possess these properties will withstand improvements, modernizations, revisions.

Books are books, no matter how they materialize, and a good read will always prevail regardless of how it is accessed.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
CCLD, Horseheads

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

Posted by CCLD in Beneficial Bits n' Bytes, Reference.
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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

“Proof of Heaven” September 4, 2013

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Proof of HeavenTo my surprise, I’ve had people ask me at the reference desk “what happens after death” or “what is heaven like?”. I’ve had to tell them I think there is no valid, provable answer, but we do have books on different religions that discuss their idea of the answer, as well as books on near-death experiences that claim to know the answer. Then, on television, I saw a brief interview with Eben Alexander who has recently written the book Proof of Heaven: A Neursurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.  He said that he always discounted near-death experiences until he was in a coma for seven days and, as a neurosurgeon, knows that it was not possible for it to have been a dream.  He now feels it is his duty to let people know what heaven is like; I couldn’t resist reading the book. I’m still not convinced that it wasn’t his mind creating impressions, but am certainly hopeful that Heaven is for Real, which is the title of another book by Todd Burpo, a little boy’s story of his trip to Heaven and back.

Ever since Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote about Death and Dying: it has certainly been a popular subject. Raymond Moody is another author who has written about near-death experiences. We also have books that discuss the science of near-death experiences by medical doctors. Most of these books can be found in the philosophy section under the Dewey Decimal number of 133.901 or the religion section in 231.7.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Chemung County Library District

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