System Reference Center's Search Newsletter

Pacific Library Partnership
The website of the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) - - is your one-stop shop for PLP's services -- registration for training and events, a searchable, printable passworded directory, and committee links. PLP staff continue to add enhancements, so send your suggestions, notices of library events, and requests using the "Contact Us" link. 

Dewey Pictograms
To deal with its version of “The Dewey Dilemma” (Barbara Fister, Library Journal 10/1/09, p. 22-25), the Oakland Public Library (OPL) developed reproducible images for Dewey numbers, enabling people with disabilities and low literacy skills to find library materials. The pictograms can be mounted on book stacks or wherever there is a need. They are free to other libraries since they were produced under a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the California State Library Details - Lynne Cutler, OPL

Members' Database Lists
Califa's Who has What list replaces the one maintained by the System Reference Center. The list can be updated more often and is searchable and sortable by library, database, and system.

Custom Search Engine for California Law
The System Reference Center's Law webliography has been streamlined with a Google custom search engine or CSE, which uses ActiveX to search the three sites that are most likely to answer your patrons' questions. Below that list are links for court forms, some of which actually walk a person through the process of filing or tracking a court case. This draft page also has links to court cases, government regulations, statutes and bills, and an excellent, searchable book on legal research. The idea for the CSE came from an article by Meredith Farkas which explains and, with examples: Pathfinder in a Box: Crafting your own authoritative metasearch engine, American Libraries, October 2009, page 45

Math at the Library? What Fun is That? - Free Half-Day Workshop
Utilizing a set of ideas for library displays, stories, games, and activities that support math literacy adapted from the Mixing in Math project, this workshop is an opportunity to explore how your library can take advantage of newly developed posters, game boards, and resources for family events.  The trainers will show how librarians can spark opportunities for mathematical thinking to enhance the services they already provide for children and teens such as craft ideas and space to do homework. Mixing in Math is being developed to help children grow more confident and skilled at categorizing, estimating, fractions, and measurements, while motivating them to read both non-fiction and fiction. Participants will leave with activities, icebreakers, quiet games, and book suggestions.

Monday, January 25, 2010 -Watsonville Public Library
- 275 Main Street, Watsonville, 95076

9:30am - 12:30pm - Details and registration

Friday, January 29, 2010 - San Francisco Public Library
- 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, 94102
9:30am - 12:30pm - Details and registration

R U Redy? -WESTPAS - Disaster Preparedness Workshop
- February 3, 2010

WESTPAS (Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service) will conduct a workshop on scenario planning and collaboration among libraries and archives to improve disaster preparedness. Participants must bring their draft plans.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - Berkeley Public Library-Central
- 9:00am - 4:00pm - FREE - Registration

For more information about registration for onsite workshops, contact Peninsula Library System staff at 650.349.5538 or Kathy Krause - krause -AT- Since online registration closes seven days before the event, late prospective participants can contact Kathy Krause to see if there are openings and the hosting library for access.

Search e-Newsletter - What's New?
Search will return to a monthly publishing schedule, around the 15th of each month. In order to make that happen, the formatting has been simplified. This is also the first issue published with software updated from its former 9 year-old version.
As Karen Schneider mentioned in the Edgy Librarian web conference on January 20, 2010, many web sites are in constant, or frequent beta, and their users accept that, and often give feedback. Search and the System Reference Center site may well be in frequent beta...

Send us a Second Level reference request, if your library does not have a reference research service of its own, or if you do not have the time, expertise nor resources to answer any of your patrons' questions. See a sample of our questions on Twitter.

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Volume 30 - Number 4
Search was published bi-monthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November, from March 2008 to January 2010. Search then resumed its monthly schedule.