Posted by rkong on 03/29/11
Harper College's Career Center hosts two job fairs every year and their next one is this Friday, April 1 from 11am-3pm. This event is free, open to the public, and will be held in the lower level of the Wellness and Sports Complex.
If you're planning to attend, or even if you can't attend but are interested in connecting with potential employers, be sure to check out their list of employers (pdf) expected to attend. Their job fair webpage also has some great tips to prepare for the job fair.
Posted by bpardue on 03/25/11
CNN reports today that a number of new words have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), including a number of internet-related abbreviations, like "LOL" (laughing out loud). It also includes new uses for old words, like using "heart" as a verb (as in "I heart the library" instead of "I love the library.").
It's important to keep in mind that dictionaries like the OED are a record of language as it's actually used, not necessarily a guide to the proper use of language. That said, it's full of not only basic definitions, but also in-depth histories of word uses. The library subscribes to the online version of the OED, which you can use from the databases page of our site.
Posted by slawson on 03/22/11
In an older entry I blogged about a new site: saferproducts.gov which is now available. In 2008 Congress mandated that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) create this site. The purpose of the database is to inform consumers earlier in the complaint process of potentially dangerous products. It’s controversial because businesses fear that erroneous reports will damage their reputation before they have time to investigate. On the other hand, consumer groups applaud the transparency and speed in dealing with product complaints that the site offers. The value of this site remains to be seen but consumers should be aware of what it offers.
Posted by slawson on 03/15/11
To help you personalize your search results and to aid in finding more quality sites Google is offering you the option to block sites. You'll start seeing this option in your search results. For example, when you click on a result and then return to Google you'll see next to "cached" a new link, "block all example.com results."
Once you click on "block all example.com results" you'll get a confirmation message as well as the option to undo your choice. You'll see the link whether you're signed in or not but the domain(s) you block are connected with your Google account , so you'll need to sign in before you can confirm a block.
Even though you won't see a blocked site in your future results you will see a message telling you that your results have blocked sites making it easy for you to manage your blocked sites.
Posted by bpardue on 03/14/11
Google has assembled a special page regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It includes information on making donations via the Japanese Red Cross Society, emergency phone contact numbers, a link to a "Person-Finder" site (a message board for helping to locate missing friends/relatives), shelter information, blackout details, etc.
Posted by bpardue on 03/14/11
Today is March 14, or 3/14, which echoes the famous number "pi" (3.14159265...). According to the Oxford English Dictionary (available from the Library's databases page), pi is best understood as being "equal to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter." That is, measure the distance around the circle (the circumference) and divide it by the distance across the circle (the diameter), and you'll always get the number pi. It's most famous for having an infinitely long string of digits after the decimal point, which various memory and computer experts pride themselves on memorizing or calculating as far as they can. Truth be told, any "irrational number" has the same endless characteristic, but pi holds a special place in our collective imaginations. For more information about pi and its history in both math and society, visit the International Pi Day site (be patient, it seems a bit overloaded today!) or read these interesting reference articles from Answers.com and this archived article from The Straight Dope.
Posted by bpardue on 03/11/11
You've heard of "family farms" and "wind farms," but what about "content farms?"
"Content farms" are websites that encourage freelance authors to write hundreds, even thousands of articles on any topic that seems to be in the news at any given time. These articles often are written at a very cursory level and are usually of little value to most researchers. Still, they tended to rank highly in Google's search results because articles had a lot of linking between one another. Ultimately, they served the purpose of delivering viewers to the ads that appeared on the pages with the articles. Recently, Google announced that they are changing their searching program so that it lowers the rank (and thus, the visibility) of results from such sites. While Google hasn't officially released a list of what sites will be most affected, many expect that eHow and Associated Content (interestingly, run by Yahoo!) are probably two of the main targets.
Many analysts think that this will improve the quality of Google's search results. This, however, remains to be seen! Also, owners of many of the sites that may be blocked are declaring that their sites are of more value than Google admits. In the meantime, if you want to find resources that are completely free of content-farm-created documents, remember the library! We have access to lots of magazine and journal articles on this topic (you may need to enter your library card number and last name to see the full article).
Posted by mmulholl on 03/09/11
Need a map when taking a trip or going on vacation? You can check out maps of several US cities and states as well as countries and cities around the world! The map rack is located in the non-fiction area next to the reference map case! You can check them out for four weeks. Now you know where you're going!
Posted by on 03/02/11
The last day to register to vote is March 8. If you miss the deadline, there is a grace period from March 9-29 during which residents can register to vote and vote at the same time. The locations are the Cook County Clerk's Office at 69 W. Washington Street, Chicago, and the Rolling Meadows courthouse.
People who want to avoid the crowds at the polling places can take advantage of early voting, available from March 14 - March 31 at the Arlington Heights Municipal Building and the Rolling Meadows courthouse. Registered voters must bring a photo I.D.
Visit www.cookcountyclerk.com for more information.
Posted by jrycombel on 02/28/11
If you watch the Dr. Oz show, you've probably seen him talk about various alternative and complementary treatments for medical conditions as backaches, joint pain, osteoporosis, nail fungus, and stress. If you'd like to read about some of the alternative therapies that may possibly help different disorders, take a look at one of the Library's databases called Alt HealthWatch. It has the full text of articles from magazines as Massage and Bodywork, Natural Health, Nutrition Action Health Letter, Oriental Medicine, Prevention, Reiki News, Today's Chiropractic, Vegetarian Times, and Yoga Journal. You can find Alt HealthWatch under the Health and Medical category. As always, check with your healthcare professional before starting any treatment; and as always, contact one of our reference librarians if you'd like some help in using any of our databases.