Saturday, April 18, 2009

Electronic reference books

We are very happy to announce that we have added electronic reference books to the public library collection. Space-saving, full-text searchable and always-available, these online resources allow us to provide you with high-quality reference materials that are accessible to you any time of the day or night from your home computer. Unlike a Kindle or ebook, you don't need any specialized equipment to use these just need to get on the Internet.
Because they're online, we can incorporate them into our collection without having to discard any books to make room for them (as you might know, we are currently at full capacity. Any book we add to the collection means the removal of another). We are hoping that this format proves popular, and that we can expand this collection in the future. Our current offerings are:
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests
  • American Indian Food
  • American Indian History
  • Historical Dictionary of the Civil War and Reconstruction
  • The New Nation
  • Phillip's Atlas of World History
  • The Story Behind the Song
  • World War II in Asia and the Pacific
  • World War II in Europe, Africa and the Americas
To access these books, you can go to the E-reference section of our website, and click on the book that interests you. At this time, you will need to enter a password (call 225-3331 for the password). We are working with our local Internet providers to establish password-free access, and hopefully that will be available during the coming week.
So browse around these new titles, and experiment with the format. As always, we love to hear what you think!

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