the library life: databases

the library life: databases



I have been visiting schools and talking about databases for about ten years now.  Sometimes kids love it.  Well, maybe not love but they respond well to the flashy pictures, the read aloud option, the fact that databases will provide their citations.  Other kids will let me talk and then open up Google.  Most are somewhere in the middle, the fact is that database presentations are the dentist visits of library talks.

And there are a million things that could go wrong.  The internet doesn’t work, that’s a big one.  It seems like the internet is down every time I need to start talking about databases with a new class.  Lot of librarians that I know will make up a backup slide show to use if you can’t go live.

There is also the fear that a kid will throw out a search term and you plug it in and then no results turn up. Egg. On. My. Face!  This is why I pre-search and make sure I get a flashy looking search results page that impresses people.

On Monday, I met with high school Freshman to talk about the best databases to use for their World History research papers.  Here is my favorite one:

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World History in Context is a database from Gale and it is so helpful to students that I am seriously considering subscribing to it just for the school!  Gale also has similar databases for US History, Science, Literature and Current Events.  The New York Public Library has most of these databases for free.  If you don’t have an NYPL card?  Well you should write to your library and see if they would consider subscribing to it because databases are way more expensive then you would think!


morning doodles

morning doodles


I love January first.  I am the kind of person that loves to make lists.  Lists help me feel better when I am stressed out, or sad, or mad, or bored.  Or sometimes I make lists when I am feeling happy and just want to be even more happy!  January first is an ultimate list day, the ultimate refresh day, they day where you make lots of plans.

I have always been open to making lots of plans.  I know that some people tell you to ignore resolutions because we hardly ever keep them.  I can see that, I guess, but where is the fun in that?  These are probably the same people that do not like Valentine’s day.  So we are just not on the same level.  I love Valentine’s day, it is a holiday that celebrates stationery.

Well I won’t tell you what my resolutions are, that is for me and my written journal, but I do have a few.  And isn’t it funny that each one that I have comes with dozens of mini resolutions?  One involved updating my passport, which will mean that I need my social security card, which will mean I need my birth certificate, and so on…

But as Anne Lamott alludes to, we have to take things bird by bird.  That reminds me that I need to finish Bird by Bird!  Add that to the list…

Anne Lamott on writing via Brainpickings

image credit: Wit and Delight