Monday, May 23, 2016

Working Americans: A Historical Collection



The library’s reference collection contains hundreds of titles of interesting, up to date information about all manner of subjects, but did you know you could find some of those books online? One of the best resources available is Working Americans.

Each volume of the Working Americans series by Grey House Publishing covers a different aspect of American life. Click the link to check out the following with descriptions from the publisher:

Working Americans Vol. 1: The Working Class, 2nd Edition

The updated Second Edition of this important reference work focuses on the lifestyles and economic life of working class families and looks, decade by decade, into the kind of work they did, the homes they lived in, the food and clothes they bought, the entertainment they sought as well as the society and history that shaped the world Americans worked in from 1880 to 2012. From the wealth of government surveys, social worker histories, economic data, family diaries and letters, newspaper and magazine features, this unique reference assembles a remarkably personal and realistic look at the lives of ordinary working Americans.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Jambalaya Writer's Conference 2016: Journalism Highlight


The 13th Annual Jambalaya Writer's Conference is almost here! This year’s keynote speaker is novelist Neely Tucker. As a staff writer for the past fifteen years, Tucker is slated to cover the 2016 presidential election for the Washington Post.

Also slated this year are editors, agents, food writers, and poets. Physiologists, detectives, folklorists, and bloggers are scheduled to provide aspiring writers help and guidance when incorporating different aspects into their writing. Conference fee is $35 for early registration, $40 at the door.

For a schedule of events, click here!
For early registration, click here!
For more information about the conference, click here!
Follow and like the conference on Facebook here!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Be Informed: Issues and Controversies


Bill Nye the "Science Guy" said in an interview with Mashable in 2013
"The information you get from social media is not a substitute for academic discipline at all."
He was talking about the ephemeral quality of information, the ability to share a thought or photo or article on a social media platform like Twitter or Facebook in a moment as well as the ability to digest that thought in half as much time and move past it. It's armchair thinking, getting your information passively from sources that... well, at best they want you to click a link or look at their page and at worst want you to have incorrect information.

No matter if the information is useful or correct, it can go by very fast online. Finding an unbiased source, one that is not trying to sell you something or written from a slanted point of view is hard, especially with controversial topics. That's why the library offers Issues & Controversies.

Monday, February 22, 2016

HomeworkLA and Tutor.com: Free Online Tutoring, Job Search Assistance and Academic & Career Resources



From HomeworkLA.org:
HomeworkLouisiana offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from Tutor.com for Louisiana residents from kindergarten students through adult learners. Get help in math, science, social studies or English from a live tutor. The services can be accessed from a Louisiana public library, from your home computer, or from your mobile device.

Receive one-to-one, real-time assistance with your job search. Online tutors are available to help navigate online job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters and even practice for an interview

All services can be accessed from a Louisiana public library, from your home computer or from your mobile device by going to HomeworkLA.org. Traveling out of state? Click here for access using your library card.

Get the App


Tutor.com To Go™ is the free mobile companion for Tutor.com. To use the App, you will have to create an online account with Tutor.com.

The app gives you access to Live One-to-One help, previous tutoring sessions, access to your files, and a skills center with tutorials, worksheets, and assessment tests.

Get the app now for your iOS or Android device.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tax Season Is Here!


Another year, another season for gathering up the forms and pulling out your hair to figure out where all your money went. Yes, it's tax season again and the library can help!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Look into the past with America's Historical Newspapers



Need to do a paper about how it was back in the good ole days? Want to look back at headlines from across the nation for the Revolution or the Civil War? The library has the database for you with America's Historical Newspapers: Early American Newspapers Series 1 - 3, 1690-1922.

This database chronicles 242 years of American newspapers from precolonial times to just before the Great Depression. Scans of the original papers are available at not cost as long as you are in the library or have a library card.

To access this database, just go to our website (mytpl.org) and click on "Research," then "Databases by Name." Under "A" a link will open to Newsbank, a database source with America's Historical Newspapers available. Click that link to go to the database with the image above.

The database is able to limit your keyword search to dates, newspaper title, places of publication, article type, and language. This way, for example, if you were looking for the front pages of the Times Picayune during the Civil War, a few simple clicks at the bottom of the page can narrow your search. The combinations are endless and more newspapers are added often, so good luck searching!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Linking Overdrive and Goodreads with Chrome







“Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future” (goodreads.com).

While Overdrive does provide a number of the same services as Goodreads (reviews, etc.), it lacks the social element and vast collection of Goodreads. That being said, there is a Chrome extension that bridges the gap between Goodreads and Overdrive: Available Goodreads.

This extension works in the background and requires very little initial setup to get it started. As patrons browse Goodreads, the extension will embed a link to their local Overdrive, indicating whether or not the digital download is available.