14th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event

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Just in time for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s 75th Anniversary and the Library’s
celebration of all things historical that make up Baton Rouge, we will be hosting the 14th Annual Attic Treasures & Collectibles Event at the Main Library at Goodwood this Saturday, November 22. Now’s the time to raid your attic, closets, and garages for that interesting or antique art, toy, pottery, jewelry, rifle, war artifact, small piece of furniture, or other item of interest and see what the story is behind it and possibly what its value might be.

The free event will run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday. Come for the antiques viewings, but stay for several other big events going on at the Main Library that day (more on that on our website and this blog later this week)! There is a limit of three items per person. Experts including Jack and Ann Hood – Jewelry; Bill Lee – Paper and Advertisements; Laurann Marino – Louisiana Gold and Coins; Pauline Robertson – Native American Items; Florence Crowder – General Items; Danny Brown – Civil War/ Military items; and Mark Denham – Armaments will be on hand to look at your collectibles and antiques. Call 231-3750 or visit our website and Facebook page for more information. Don’t forget to check our antique resources like the p4A Antiques Database (as used by the Antiques Roadshow), our Antiques InfoGuide, and the library catalog too. See you Saturday!



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Looking for a new book to read? Trying to find similar authors to your falogoNOVPLgvorite one? We have just the ticket for you. Our readers’ advisory database NoveList is now upgraded to NoveListPlus. There is also a version for reading levels K-8 so there’s something for early readers too. NoveListPlus now offers 40% more title suggestions, including audiobook and non-fiction recommendations and read-alikes. You can search by genre in both fiction and non-fiction; you can even search by Dewey Decimal number. The database also offers book discussion guides, articles, and Grab-and-Go book lists. Visit our Digital Library page to explore NoveListPlus and NoveList K-8 Plus; as always, access is free with your library card!

Westlaw Next

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We’re pleased to announce an upgrade of our legal database Westlaw from the classic version to WestlawNext, which offers an enhanced user experience. WestlawNext is a great resource for current, accurate, authoritative content for both primary law and exclusive secondary law titles.

To access this resource, simply visit our Digital Library and click on WestlawNext in the A-Z List or under the Legal subject heading. On the WestlawNext homepage, clicking on “State Materials” will get you to Louisiana-specific resources. With the improved search engine, you no longer have to know specific legal terms to find information – typing something as simple as “a dog bit me” will get you to related cases and statutes. Why not give it a try today? Remember, it’s free with your library card!



Women’s Wear Daily

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The Women’s Wear Daily Archive is now available through our Digital LibraryWomen’s Wear Daily, or WWD, is widely considered the “bible” of the fashion industry. The WWD Archive is the only digitized source of the entire runwwd-old of this publication, from its first issue in 1910 to issues from the past twelve months, all reproduced in high-resolution images. Every page, article, advertisement and cover has been included, with searchable text and indexing. The Women’s Wear Daily Archive preserves one of the fashion industry’s most influential reads, covering key moments in the history of the industry, as well as major designers, brands, retailers, and advertisers.

Founded in 19wwd-new10 by Edmund Fairchild, Women’s Wear was launched as a small weekly sister publication to the Daily News Record, a menswear journal founded in the late nineteenth century. Moving to daily publication in 1927, Women’s Wear Daily covered the news behind the manufacturing of women’s clothing, including sales and acquisitions, production costs, and personnel moves within the industry. In later years, under the editorship of John Fairchild, WWD began featuring social commentary, tracking the personal lives of high-society. It soon became the most powerful and influential fashion journal in the US, and subsequently released W magazine. They were purchased by Condé Nast in 1999, and WWD continues to publish breaking news and is widely considered the primary fashion publication by industry insiders.

Access the Women’s Wear Daily Archive from our Digital Library – all you need is a library card!

ReferenceUSA Training Seminars

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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 December in the Autumn 2014 series.


Search Essentials: The Basics of ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Fridays (October 10 – tomorrow – and 17; November 7 and 21; December 5 and 18)

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. Lots of time will be reserved at the end for questions. Click here to register for any of the session dates.

Uncovering the Hidden Job Market: Career Search Strategies Using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Wednesdays (October 15; November 5; December 3, 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.

Start, Manage, and Grow Your Business Using ReferenceUSA

Day/Date: Mondays (October 13 and 27; November 3 and 24; December 1 and 15)

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.

ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data

Day/Date: Tuesdays (October 14, November 4, December 2)

Time: 12:00 noon (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: Tuesdays (October 14, November 4, December 2)

Time: 2:00 pm (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: Wednesdays (October 15, November 5, December 3)

Time: 11:00 am (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.

What the REF! [NEW]

Day/Date: select Thursdays (October 16, November 6, December 4)

Time: 2:00 pm (1 hour)

Think you rock at using ReferenceUSA? Well this will be your opportunity to strut your stuff! We’ll give you access to a fully-loaded account and then present you with a series of challenging searches – then we’ll race to the results. The first to post the correct answer will be awarded the points for that round and at the end of the game, we’ll tally the points and crown the victor! And to the victor, go the spoils! You will need to be able to have the ability to manage two windows/tabs on your machine, one to view the webex site – where the questions will be posted, answers demonstrated and scores kept – as well as a tab or window where you can be logged into ReferenceUSA. While not required, it’s recommended you use the Computer Speakers (versus the phone dial in) for the audio …
Seriously considering adding a Trabek style ‘stache for the proceedings! Click here to register.