Tuesday, August 12, 2014

National Inventors Month



August is National Inventors Month, an extended celebration of American invention and creativity. The event, started in 1998 by the United Inventors Association of the USA, the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors' Digest magazine, helps promote a positive image of inventors and highlights their real contributions to the world. http://nciia.org/node/1219

Check out a few of the GoWYLD.net resources that provide information about inventions and inventors.

SIRS Discoverer.  
 Click on Educator’s Resources, then Spotlight of the Month. They highlight inventions and a few inventors. To see more, scroll down and click on the link under 2014 Spotlight Archives.  This goes to a results list with newspaper, magazine, and web articles (For example, did you know that Hedy Lamarr was an actress and an inventor?  Find out in Social Studies for Kids, March 19, 2014).

Biography In Context
 Inventors category is listed on the main page.  Note that there are 3 names.  Select View More to see the full list.
 
Science In Context
 Search: bar code. Check out the reference article, Invention of the Bar Code Revolutionizes Retail Sales and Inventory Control.
 Search:  Fibonacci Sequence to find out more about the Fibonacci sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…. This sequence expresses many naturally occurring relationships in the plant world.

Search inventors in Britannica Public.  Results include:  a chronology of inventions, history of motion pictures, the telephone, and individual inventors.

Also check out one of our digital collections, Wyoming Inventors   http://inventors.wyo.gov/
This database indexes United States patents in which one or more of the inventors were from Wyoming. Each record provides a link to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

New Content in the Smithsonian Collections Online


The Smithsonian Collections Online has been expanded to include two new collections.

World's Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow includes materials published between 1834 and 1940 and consists of six collections:
  • Books of the Fairs: From the Holdings of the Smithsonian Libraries
  • Larry Zim World’s Fair Collection
  • Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, World Expositions
  • Exposition Records of the Smithsonian Institution and the United States National Museum
  • World's Fairs titles in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology
  • World's Fairs titles in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library
Trade Literature and the Merchandizing of Industry covers approximately 1820-1926 and exposes technological advances over time, changes in design, architectural advances, societal changes, and business history. Trade Literature and the Merchandizing of Industry is comprised of items selected from the National Museum of American History, and contains about one million pages of primary source content. The National Museum of American History’s collection is a uniquely valuable resource. The Trade Literature collection provide an opportunity for researchers, students, and scholars to “dig into the past” and help them discover and interpret America’s technological and business heritage and its effects on the world, learn about product manufacturers, the status of various manufactured items, their intended uses, and to establish manufacture dates.
Key research areas covered include:
  • Railroads and railway equipment
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Transportation equipment
  • Power generation
  • Building and construction
  • Iron and steel
  • Mines and mining equipment
  • Motorized vehicles

Mango Courses Content Increased

Mango Languages has doubled in size!  They have added over 10 new chapters and 1000 learning hours in 30 of their language courses.  These include French, Italian, German, Latin American Spanish and many more.  Read more of the announcement here:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

GoWYLD - New databases

The WYLD Shared Purchases Committee and the State Library are pleased to announce the addition of two new products to the GoWYLD resources.  

We will be adding NoveList Plus and NoveList Plus K-8 to our EBSCOhost suite of products. Including NoveList Plus in our subscription will now give users access to recommended reading in nonfiction for all ages and the newly introduced inclusion of audiobook reviews.  Read more about it at http://www.ebscohost.com/novelist/our-products/novelist-plus  Find training and support materials (including archived webinars) on the NoveList site at http://support.ebsco.com/novelist/training.php

National Geographic Kids content will also be added to our National Geographic Virtual Library from Gale.  Nat Geo Kids includes: 
 -National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo)
 -200 National Geographic Kids books
 -500 kid-friendly, downloadable images

We expect to make these databases available to the public on the GoWYLD site after July 1, 2014.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Summer Reading 2014



We have created a new guide: Summer Reading 2014
The guide includes a link to the WY teen video challenge winner (it is wonderful-be sure to play it and use it to promote summer reading), the YouTube video/webinar on summer reading and the GoWYLD.net resources (http://youtu.be/SPx2ViikYcI), a promotional flier (branded with Wyoming Libraries), and other helpful links on summer reading, such as Find a Book Wyoming, Bedtime Math program, research on Summer reading, and other resources to support the themes: Fizz, Boom, Read, Spark a Reaction, and Literary Elements.

For more information, please contact Chris Van Burgh, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov

Friday, May 30, 2014

Freading upgrade - June 2014


The Freading eBook site will have a significant upgrade next week on Tuesday night, June 3rd.

Key parts of the upgrade will be a new look, which will help users find the best Freading books more quickly than ever. The site is now optimized for mobile access, so downloading eBooks to mobile apps will be easier than ever. Additionally, there will be an update to the applications for Apple and Android devices. This update will improve the navigation, formatting and sharpen the text. It will also add the highly-desired functionality of automatically saving the page where the reader was in a book, from device-to-device.

Friday, May 23, 2014

One Book Wyoming




The Wyoming State Library is pleased to announce the first One Book Wyoming program featuring the novella Spirit of Steamboat by Wyoming author, Craig Johnson.

For more information, check out the guide (http://guides.gowyld.net/OneBook ) and the 2 videos, both linked from the guide. 
 
In the program video you learn about how the program can work best for you and your community, including promotional and programming ideas.

The second webinar video, One Book Wyoming and the GoWYLD Resources, explores some of our GoWYLD.net resources that support the topics in Spirit of Steamboat. This book offers opportunities to explore a variety of topics for book discussions, such as WWII, (including the aircraft), Japanese Americans, internment camps (including Heart Mountain), medical topics, and Wyoming-- it’s locations and history.

For more information about One Book Wyoming, contact Tina Worthman, tina.worthman@wyo.gov

For more information about the GoWYLD.net resources, contact Chris Van Burgh, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov