NSW Readers’ Advisory Seminar at the SLNSW on 18 March 2015

Posted on April 14, 2015. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , , |

In mid March Lorraine and I were fortunate enough to go to the RA Seminar, an annual event which this year had as it’s theme this year science and science fiction. As always, it was an exciting day.

You can read about it in the Public Library Services Blog post Reading (a)loud. There are lots of links to the various presentations.


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Sites sites sites!

Posted on November 26, 2010. Filed under: Web sites | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A selection of sites I have added this month to our Delicious account:

ebookish.com.au is an Australian blog about digital publishing, e-reading, related gadgets and the future of the book

Birds Australia offers loads information and resources on Australian birds.

Bike Map – Penrith ~ Windsor ~ Blue Mountains from the RTA, pdf download of the cycleway map for Penrith, Windsor and the Blue Mountains

RTA cycleway maps Links to pdf downloadable cycleway maps in metropolitan and regional NSW.

blekko Search engine with results tweaked by humans to hopefully reduce links to spam pages: you can tilt your search results in the direction you like by using a category of bias, like ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ Categorisation lists are applied by appending a ‘slashtag.’

NSW Multicultural Health Free downloadable multilingual health information in up to 45 languages

Early exlorers in Australia (eBook) From log-books and journals, this book by Ida Lee was first published in 1925. A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook

Vaughan Evans Digital Library: Australian National Maritime Museum The Vaughan Evans Library is the research library of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Access electronic magazines, books and registers of shipping via their digital library

Friends of Blackheath Pool and Memorial Park The blog of the Friends of Blackheath Pool & Memorial Park

Legal Books Online A selection of up-to-date legal information books available online, page maintained by Find Legal Answers, a service of State Library of NSW. Includes selected chapters from the latest edition of the Law Handbook.

artfiles: Artfiles is the key portal to the world of the arts in Western Sydney. Information on artists, cultural organisations, art funding and education in the region. Includes Blue Mountains information.

climatechange2010.pdf: The Science of Climate Change – Q & A,  from the Australian Academy of Science 2010.

The Naked Scientists Online: Science Podcast and Science Radio Show. The Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public

Study Search Australia An Australian customised educational search engine for students with primary and secondary options.


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New reference titles

Posted on September 17, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , , |

Scientists (Australia’s Best)

This one is a junior reference title with biographical information on Australian scientists, from the popular series Australia’s Best. Copies are held at all branches (JR 509.22 FER).

For queries about Australian science and scientists, try the Australia + Science sites on our Delicious account. It includes the Encyclopedia of Australian Science which contains over 3,000 biographies.

Who said that first?

The title says it all and the subtitle “The curious origins of common words and phrases” may draw you in.  This collection sets out to credit – as far as it is possible to do so – the people who actually created many familiar terms in common use. So if you want to know who said “extraterresttrial”, “my lips are sealed”  and “nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say no more” first, go to the Springwood reference collection (808.882/CRY)

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Biology web site: Action Bioscience

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , , |

The Action Bioscience web site (from The American Institute of Biological Sciences) is a great resource for Biology students or anyone interested in global ecological issues. You will find peer-reviewed articles on biodiversity, biotechnology, the environment, evolution, and genomics. Up-to-date external links are provided at the bottom of each article to help the reader “learn more” about or “get involved” in an issue. They also have an Educational Resources section that provides links to sites appropriate for children. Action Bioscience has been added to our Delicious account with a Biology tab (and with gusto!).

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Popular Science Archives Online

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , |

The science magazine Popular Science has partnered with Google to offer their entire 137-year archive for free online. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. In the future, they will be adding more advanced features for searching and browsing, but for now, enter any keyword into the search box and dive in here.

Some have a hyperlinked table of contents, and each issue is searchable. As an example, check out the July 1873 and the October 1927 issues.


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