ReferenceUSA Training Seminars

July 11, 2014

Sign up for these free webinars that will help you get the most out of our powerful ReferenceUSA database. Attendees will need an internet connection and a phone line to participate. Below are the rest of the dates through September in the “Summertime and the Searchin’ Is Easy” series.


Search Essentials: The Basics of ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Fridays (July 11 (today), 18; August 8, 15; September 5, 12, 19)

Time: 11:00 am (1 hour)

Designed for the patron new to using our database, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA, would want to know in order to be successful using the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks, and techniques. Click here to register for any of the session dates.

Start, Manage, and Grow Your Business Using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Mondays (July 14, 28; August 11, 25; September 8, 15, 29)

Time: 2:00 pm (1 Hour)

Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business. Topics include: • name search for business • locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally • locate subject manager experts and professional services • find investors, venture capitalists and angels • network with other businesses in your area or in your industry • develop relationships with related business for co-branding opportunities • understand community demographics • survey locations for expansion • conduct competitive analysis • plan delivery routes and service areas • source new employees

Click here to register.

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies Using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Wednesdays (July 30; August 13, 27; September 10, 17)

Time: 2:00 pm (1 Hour)

Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy. Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history, and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research. We will also explore the New! Jobs & Internship module which adds a new dimension to job searching. Click here to register.

ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data

Day/Date: Select Tuesdays (August 26, September 9)

Time: 2:00 pm (1 hour)

Ever wonder how marketers and advertisers ‘target’ specific messages to you? Find out how you access the same type of data for your neighborhood or city. Anyone who is interested in understanding the purchase preferences of a community will find this data both interesting and informative. Learn how to navigate this section of ReferenceUSA and then apply the data to your needs. Click here to register.

ReferenceUSA Big Data & Mapping

Day/Date: Alternating Tuesdays (July 29, August 26, September 30)

Time: 2:00pm (1 hour)

Data Visualization is the next BIG thing in data. Going beyond static lists of information, ReferenceUSA can help you ‘visualize’ data elements on a map. Great for understanding how locations relate to each other or seeing densities within a specific area, the ReferenceUSA mapping tools give you a new and powerful way to better understand the landscape. Learn how to build a map to display results and how to manipulate the mapping tools to your advantage. Click here to register.

ReferenceUSA Historical Business Data

Day/Date: Alternating Tuesdays (July 15, August 12, September 16)

Time: 2:00pm (1 hour)

One of the essential requirements for planning for the future is to understand the past. ReferenceUSA has been compiling Business and Consumer data for many years and this data has been available in file format for advanced research projects. In response to the increased interest in accessing historical business information, ReferenceUSA has developed an innovative online tool for librarians, research professionals and library patrons to connect to
powerful information that presents a vivid picture of what the business landscape looked like in a given area at a given point in time. Click here to register.


Booking It with Baby Tour

July 9, 2014

Big Baby’s back in Baton Rouge! The fourth annual Booking It with Baby literacy tour starts tomorrow, July 10, and runs through Saturday the 12th. Los Angeles Clipper and Baton Rouge native Glen Davis will be traveling through his hometown via the library’s mobile unit to bring books and promote literacy to children in the community, including several stops at local libraries. Davis will be at the Eden Park Library at 9:30 a.m. July 10 to dedicate the first reading center of many (the goal is to add one each year) to be located at that site. He will conduct a site unveiling and participate in a story time from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Eden Park Library. The reading center at Eden Park will include tables, as well as smart tables with iPads and educational apps and programs, a story time floor, individual reading spaces, and manipulative and interactive centers.

Another tour stop is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at the Main Library at Goodwood. The tour and the Reading Centers are a result of a partnership between the Glen “Big Baby” Davis Foundation and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.


Jones Creek Is Turning 24!

July 7, 2014

The Jones Creek Regional Branch Library is celebrating 24 years of service to the community, and we want you
to celebrate with us! We’ve planned some great programs and activities throughout the month starting today, July 7, and ending Sunday, July 20. Join us at the Library for all sorts of fun! Dates and times are as follows:

  • Monday, July 7, noon: Staff Appreciation Day: Here’s your opportunity to let us know what you love most about the branch and its staff.
  • Tuesday, July 8, 10 a.m.-noon AND Wednesday, July 16, 10 a.m.-noon: Enjoy Morning Coffee: Come to the Library for a pick‑me‑up when you enjoy a cup of joe.
  • Wednesday, July 9, all day: JCR Brand Day: The staff will wear fun Library T‑shirts.
  • Tuesday, July 15, all day: We Wear Many Hats Day: Come to the Library wearing your favorite hat or cap.
  • Thursday, July 17, all day: Throwback Thursday: The 90s: Enjoy a blast from the past when staff wear clothes and hairstyles from the 90s.
  • Thursday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.: Happy Birthday Bingo Nite: Enjoy a lively game of Bingo while wearing your favorite 90s‑style outfit!
  • Saturday, July 19, 4:30 p.m.: 24th Anniversary Reception: Patrons are invited to enjoy free cake and punch in celebration of the occasion.
  • Sunday, July 20, 3 p.m.: Civic Appreciation Reception: Join us for a reception in appreciation of our meeting room groups.

Jones Creek Regional Branch Library


Library Closed for Independence Day

July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day! All branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, in observance of the national holiday. We will resume normal hours of operation on Saturday, July 5. Have a safe holiday weekend!

Here are a few titles on the American Revolution to get you in the spirit of 1776 (click on the book covers for more info):




Book Review: Shocked

July 2, 2014

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk. Reviewed by Louise Hilton. 

Shocked is Patricia Volk’s homage to both her glamorous mother Audrey and Elsa Schiaparelli, the eccentric Italian fashion designer who revolutionized the art world with her over-the-top creations (think lobster dresses and shoe hats).  Volk read Schiaparelli’s memoir as a young girl and recalls the profound effect it had on her – we all remember that one special book from our childhood that marked us – and how she relished any similarity she felt she shared with her idol.  Volk recounts her privileged New York upbringing (her father was the proprietor of a popular Garment District restaurant) and juxtaposes her family history with that of Schiaparelli.  It may sound like a contrived narrative approach, but Volk more than pulls it off, making Shocked a scrapbook of sorts, with photographs in each chapter of both her own family and the designer’s world.

The book itself is beautiful, with a mottled hot pink dust jacket (the title plays on one of Schiaparelli’s major contributions to the fashion world, the coinage of the color Shocking Pink), and the outline of the bottle for the designer’s perfume Shocking (Audrey’s favorite, naturally) on the book itself.

Audrey Volk embodied a certain archetype of women from a bygone era – applying her “face” every morning, meticulous grooming, putting great stock in appearances – but for all her polish and glamour, Audrey had a cruel streak and the most poignant parts of the memoir are when the young Volk struggles to please her.  Overall, Shocked is an engaging read and tribute to two larger-than-life women.


An abridged version of this review appeared in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) on 6/22/14.


Scotlandville Branch’s 40th Anniversary

June 30, 2014

Join us tomorrow afternoon at 1 to celebrate the Scotlandville Branch Library‘s 40th anniversary! We’re having an open house celebration with music, refreshments, and more. Call 354-7540 for details.



LSU Lakes Project

June 27, 2014

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has launched a master plan to save the lakes and make them an even better gathering place for the community.

The public is invited to presentations by four final teams that are vying to create the master plan. People at the meeting will have a chance to ask questions and to write up their comments to help the selection committee pick one planning team.

Meeting details: this coming Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Manship Theatre from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an hour for lunch. Each team has nearly an hour to present, including time for a Q&A.

You can view the work of the finalists here.

If you are attending, you can RSVP by clicking the invitation below.

Also, the Foundation asks that you get updates on the Baton Rouge Lakes Facebook page or on Twitter @BatonRougeLakes. Click here for more information.



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