*CQ Weekly published three issues in December, including a special “2006 Legislative Year in Review” edition. To view the articles from this edition online, browse the Weekly by Issue Date, and navigate to those articles published on December 18, 2006. Here, you will find extensive coverage of the year’s legislation organized by topic. Other cover stories featured in December include: a look at the “do-nothing Congress” of 2006, the challenges facing new Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, and an analysis of the voter mandate that Democrats move more towards the center.

*CQ Researcher published three new reports in December: “Patent Disputes,” “Philanthropy in America,” and “The New Environmentalism.”


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Lower Taxes in 7 Easy Steps by Attorney Stephen Fishman (Nolo, 2006) provides insights and tactics that can reduce taxes.

Learning 2.0 : Make “play” your New Year’s resolution

No Charge!

Date : Jan 09, 2007
Start Time : 9 a.m. MST
Length : 01:00:00

Course Description: As the Nationwide insurance commercials taunt “life comes at you fast”, it’s time for librarians to jump into the knowledge pool of Web 2.0 technologies and discover how these tools are changing the way many library users communicate, collaborate and receive information. Helene Blowers, Technology Director for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County shares insights and best practices around the creation of Learning 2.0, an online self-discovery program designed to encourage staff to explore new technologies (blogs, wikis, podcasts etc.) and reward them for “play.”


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News from ABC-CLIO:

** Tagged search result records are now maintained across multiple searches within a session
** “Untag all” functionality is now available on the results page
** A single-term search may now be conducted from within a browseable index
** The use of ANDing/ORing logic is now an option for subject terms in a displayed record
** Search results are now pre-sorted based on publication date and, secondarily, on chronology scope
** Search pre-processing now handles commonly misspelled words and those with American, British, and Canadian spelling variations
** The “No Results Found” page now provides additional search assistance for the user, including single-click re-search of individual terms from the original query

The new BioOne collection, BioOne.2 is now available for your perusal. Funding has been made available thanks to UALC.  Titles have been added to the  e-journals list and are also available from the general BioOne link on the database A-Z list.  Enjoy!

About BioOne (from the website): Established in 2001, BioOne is the product of innovative collaboration between scientific societies, libraries, academe, and the private sector, who seek a sustainable, mission‑driven alternative to commercial publishing. Established in 2001, BioOne is the product of innovative collaboration between scientific societies, libraries, academe, and the private sector, who seek a sustainable, mission‑driven alternative to commercial publishing.

Flickr 101: Thursday, January 11, 2007, 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m  MST

Flickr bills itself as the best way to “store, sort, search and share your photos online.” This one-hour session walks you through what you can do with the service and will give you plenty of ideas on how you can use Flickr to promote your library. This session also will use Flickr to introduce you to two of the hottest topics in librarianship today: social software and folksonomies.

An Introduction to Social Software,  Friday, January 26, 2007,  10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m MST
Social software is one of the hottest concepts on the Internet today. This one-hour presentation will introduce you to its components and show you examples of many of the most popular Web sites in this area. Learn about Flickr, del.icio.us and YouTube, just to name a few. No prior experience with any of these services is necessary to attend this session.

Register for sessions or view past archived sessions at: http://www.bcr.org/training/online/fff/index.html 

The USU Provost and the Vice President for Research have generously funded the acquisition of the Wharton Research Data Service (WRDS) database for the College of Business.  WRDS is a vast collection of datasets useful for faculty and graduate students conducting research in business and related fields.  Some undergraduate business classes also may make use of WRDS.  While the Library does not maintain this subscription, we wanted to make sure that library staff and users were aware of this valuable resource and where to obtain access, which requires a password.  WRDS is now listed in the A-Z list of databases with a reminder to contact Jennifer, Wendy, or Britt if you need a password for access.

WRDS description on the Library website
More information on WRDS