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At the Risk of Repeating Myself...

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I’ve given countless tours to library customers and by now, I must have mentioned Newspaper Direct Press Display hundreds of times. But, I never tire of mentioning it because customers' reactions are so great – usually something like: “Oh, wow! I didn’t know this even existed!”

If you have a library card, you have access to the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun every day, along with hundreds of other papers from around the world.

I’ve mentioned it in tours, blogged about it, and shown it to customers who approach the information desk. Check it out at your local library, from a smart phone, or at home.

Start at our homepage, and click on the E-library link. Select Newspapers & Magazines, then Newspaper Direct Press Display. Have your library card handy, because you’ll need it to log in.

At the top right corner of the page, there’ll be a link to “select title”. Use this link to find the paper of your choice. Articles can be e-mailed, translated, posted to facebook, “tweeted” and so on. There are even citation tools, in case you’re going to mention the article in an essay or report.

If you need assistance you can call us at (403) 260-2782, or start a chat with us, from our homepage.

Enjoy, news junkies!

In Good Companies

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I lead Career Tours at the Central Library for a variety of groups. Most of the participants are newcomers and immigrants who are highly educated, multilingual and eager to secure meaningful employment in their new land. I show them how to access the newspaper, job ads, print resources and programs. And I also show them how to find information about companies for which they may wish to work.

Here are some of the tools that I always ensure I mention:

Reference USA. This database will allow you to generate lists of companies, using SIC or NAICS codes, or keywords. Find who you’re looking for, even when you’re not sure who you’re looking for. Download financial and contact information into a spreadsheet that you can keep for your reference.

Business Source Complete. Find articles about companies’ histories, SWOT analyses and stock market reports - current and comprehensive information is not typically provided on companies’ own websites. You’ll be amazed at what a single keyword can generate. This is not your grandmother’s Google!

Canadian Newsstand. This archive allows you to search for news and magazine articles about your company. Has it ever been sued? Has it won awards? Has it been listed in any Top-10 type rankings? What are some of its most recently announced projects (or disasters)?

If you need help accessing information about a particular company, then drop by the information desk, give us a call, or strike up a chat through our homepage. We’re happy to help guide you through the electronic jungle, and hopefully, towards bigger and better employment opportunities. Good luck!

Bob’s Your Uncle

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Okay, I don’t have an uncle Bob. My uncles are Gavin, Colin, Allan and John.

I work in Research Plus, where we get all sorts of questions about genealogy. Customers want our help in tracking down their birth parents, or their great aunt’s obituary, or the name of the guy who lived beside their parents’ house, in 1952.

Do you have a question related to genealogy? Visit the 4th floor of the Central Library, where our well trained staff will help you find old city directories, newspaper clippings, high school yearbooks, family histories and more. Or check out the basement level of the Central library, for newspapers on microfilm. Or, contact Research Plus, and for a fee, we’ll do the work for you!

Check out our program guide for free genealogy programs, and read our Community History and Family Heritage blog, too!

The Other F Word: Frugality!

by Katherine - 3 Comment(s)

One of my goals is to manage my money more effectively. So I typically browse through basic books or blogs on budgeting (spot the alliteration, kids!). In the reams of top 20 lists and collections of tidbits and tips, one piece of advice resounds again and again: use your library. Libraries allow you to borrow books for free, but it’s much more than that. Here are some more ways that your library allows you to stay frugal:

Libraries might encourage you to cancel your magazine or newspaper subscriptions, because many of these can be read online, with your library card. You might decide to borrow a movie rather than renting one, or perhaps you’ll attend a free screening in the library’s theatre. You might learn a new skill by attending a free program – perhaps one about budgeting – or renting an instructional DVD. You could use library books or databases to learn about fixing a car, bike or appliance, and spare yourself the cost of buying a new one. Explore our collections about cooking and learn to prepare healthy, frugal meals. Home cooking is a huge opportunity to exercise frugality! Attend some of the library’s special programs and speak with a lawyer, doctor, or career coach, for free! Check out the program guide for free concerts, and free access to our Writer in Residence.

Not all of our entertainment and enjoyment need be expensive. In fact, the library is a great place in which to instill a sense of frugality in your children. And children who have a sense of how money can be saved in simple ways will be well on their way to managing money when they’re adults.

News to Me (and YOU)!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Whenever I deliver Career Tours, I always make sure to tell participants that a Calgary Public Library card allows them to read both the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun – every day, and online.

From our homepage, choose e-library and then Newspaper Direct Press Display. Long name, amazing tool!

Newspaper Direct Press Display is a database that’s full of daily newspapers from around the world. Best of all: it’s very(!) interactive. If you read an article that you think you might want to return to, you’ve got the option to print or e-mail the article, post it on your Facebook profile or in your blog, or add it to your Delicious account. Articles can be read aloud, or translated into other languages. You can even read the paper from up to one month ago!

Are you still paying for newspaper subscriptions? Newsflash: you need to check out the Calgary Public Library!

If you’re having trouble accessing these papers, don't be afraid to call us at 260-2782, or use the new online chat feature on our website!