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BookWise for October 22 October 23, 2009

Posted by mplibrary in @ your library.

Online Chat– Chat up the library on the new online chat reference box.  Right now you can ask questions 4 nights a week between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm Monday through Thursday by going to our website and clicking on “Contact Us” or on the BookWise Blog.

 What is WorldCat?- Just underneath the catalog search box on our website is a WorldCat button.  WorldCat is a catalog of all the books and other things (DVD, audio, articles, internet resources) in libraries all over the world.  Do a search and first you’ll see what TWC has, even the call numbers and whether they are checked out.  Further down the list you’ll see what other libraries have on your topic.  You can limit to just books or just visual material, etc.  You can submit an Interlibrary Loan request directly from WorldCat.  Create your own account, save lists, create tags, write reviews… Use it as an alternative to our regular online catalog and tell us how you like it (note the color book jackets!).

 Better World Books– The library is a member of Better World Books (BWB), an online book company which resells used books and contributes funds to global literacy, plus saves discarded books from landfills.  More info is on our blog, including BWB’s opportunities for student service learning projects and 10% off when TWC students and staff shop BWB.

 This is Open Access Week, highlighting the growing international movement to make peer-reviewed research articles available for free online, bypassing expensive publishers.  Read more about it here and check out DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) PubMed Central, Public Library of Science and Highwire Press as examples of open access journals and archives.

J. Adams



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