Okay - this may not seem fascinating at first blush, but when was the last time you picked up a specialized encyclopedia? These suckers are *deep*! Talk about providing some background! And pricey! You can google the publishers to see what kind bite they take out of my materials budget - but they're *not cheap.* The prospect of compiling something equivalent on your own is enough to make the time-saving value of these reference works clear. Imagine compiling an overview of a highly specialized subject complete with definitions, a short history, key concepts and views from thought leaders on the topic, "see also" cross-references and a bibliography of the most important sources. On top of that is the commitment of these publishers toward being "encyclopedic" in their coverage - in other words if it's not included - it can't be that important (or so we're led to believe.) Okay - enough refdesk ranting. Here's my list of recent picks - they happen to be children's literature focused. I'll do a separate entry for the Techie ones.
Electronic books - we've got them coming out our ears! These have been selected from the LC call number range of QA76.76 ... info sytems & tech books. Many of them come to us as part of our blanket subscriptions to the e-book products such as "EBrary" or "Books 24x7" so I can't take much credit for their selection. But I *do* like publicizing the latest titles. You would get the same effect going to the "new books" list on the Library's website - if it was updated more often. But this is easy enough to replicate here so - enjoy!
PS - you will need a valid Drexel ID + PW to view the full text of the books. They are sorted by call number so similar things should be together in the list. I recommend you try searching for keywords of interest using the Firefox browser if the list seems too long to browse.
My previous light-hearted posting reminded me there are some GREAT streaming media services out there. I'm still getting to know them and would enjoy hearing from others about this.
But the one I can't get enough of is a *free* not-for-profit site ...
Like anyone else who was raised on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, there's a part of my brain that can't help but respond to animations - even cheezy ones - even (oh no!) library skills instructional videos! Since this is a blog and I'm new to e-journalling I'll fall back on the time-honored tradition of sharing confessions...
Check out our latest arrivals . . .
Search in the online Library Catalog for keyword: GRAPHIC NOVELS
Point your to http://innopac.library.drexel.edu/search/
Who reads graphic novels? People of all ages and from all backgrounds read graphic novels, appreciating the formats combination of visual art and storytelling. Much like a good film, a graphic novel stimulates both your eyes and mind.
Ischoolresearcher seeks to share information among the faculty, staff and PhD students here at Drexel's "i-School" (Information Science & Technology). Published by the IST subject specialist Librarian, Tim Siftar, it builds upon an internal email newsletter for the IST community at Drexel for the last two years.