Web Site of the Week: EconEdLink

While the homepage of EconEdLink encourages users to sign up for free unlimited access, there is plenty available on this economics and personal finance website without the creation of an account. Here educators will find such relevant lesson plans as “Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday,” a story for kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders about a boy who receives a dollar from his grandparents. Though he plans to save the money, gradually he spends every penny. The story is chock-full of pecuniary precepts, as well as excellent math skills. Other lessons help high school students examine how they will pay for college, learn about the history of Medicare, and become familiar with the Federal Reserve system. With dozens of lesson plans available, educators interested in teaching everyday economics to their students will find much to inspire on this well organized site. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Web Site of the Week: Audubon: Birding Without Borders

April 26, 2016 Leave a comment

The “Big Year” is a concept unique to the birding community, centering around an informal competition among birders to see who can identify the largest number of species of birds within a single calendar year. This site, hosted by the Audubon Society, follows Noah Stryker, a writer, photographer, adventurer, and birder, as he criss-crosses the globe, searching out rare and common bird species in cities, forests, plains, and just about every other conceivable geography. Along the way, readers may enjoy the author’s adventures with friendly locals almost as much as his identification of Buff-collared Nightjars and Barn Owls. Spoiler alert: Stryker manages to identify over 5,000 unique bird species during his 365 day trek.[CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Web Site of the Week: Mudlark: An Electronic Journal of Poetry & Poetics

April 19, 2016 Leave a comment

The online poetry journal Mudlark has been publishing short, sharp, energetic poetry for more than 20 years. Listed on the New York Public Library’s “Best of the Web,” among other accolades, Mudlark combines the quality one might expect from a print edition with the accessibility only the internet can provide. Recent poems have included Jane Medved’s series “A Crown of Sonnets,” which bends the classic form to an aesthetic that is exceptionally contemporary, as well as poems by Marcela Sulak, Martha Zweig, and Mark Down among many others. In addition to poems and featured poets, the journal also features short essays on poetics. Readers will find much to explore in the extensive archives, which feature hundreds of poems dating back to the 1995 inaugural issue. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016.


March 2016 – Library Board Minutes

April 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Allegany County Library Board of Trustees


Regular Meeting

March 9, 2016

Washington Street Library – 4:00 p.m.


Bill Devlin, Tom Finan, Steve Sniderman, Jason Willetts, and John Taube.   

The meeting was called to order by Bill Devlin.

A motion to accept the minutes of the regular meeting of the February 10, 2016 meeting was made by Steve Sniderman seconded by  Tom Finan and was approved.   

  • Review of Usage Statistics
  • Review of Income & Expense Report for the month of February 2016.
  • Review of Profit & Loss, Budget vs Actual Report for the Fiscal Year (YTD, July 1, 2015- February 29, 2016)
  • Review of Special Accounts

A motion to accept both the statistical report and the financial reports of February 2016 was made by Jason Willetts seconded by Steve Sniderman and was accepted.    


Discussion on FY 2017 Operating Budget Proposal

Our budget presentation to the County Commissioners is scheduled for tomorrow 3/10/2016 at 1PM in the county office complex.

We are expecting representatives from all 5 friends of the library groups in an effort to show community support for the library system


South Cumberland Library Renovation –Update

County staff are working to get the permits submitted and approved for the project.

Preliminary furniture estimates are within budget.  John Taube suggests that we purchase new furniture when possible as the existing furniture is at the end of its useful life.

Friends of the Library groups – update

Friends of the South Cumberland Library-  A small steering committee has drafted the mission statement, bylaws and solicitation mailings.  

The Friends of the Washington Street Library held their introductory meeting on February 18, 2016 to recruit members and set a course of action.  It was a good meeting with about 15 attendees.    A steering committee meeting is being planned to draft bylaws and operating procedures will meet on April 18, 2016.  

A small sub-committee has formed to form community alliances to restore the columns.  The sub-committee is composed of community members, library staff and county staff.    John will  be meeting with the County on March 22, 2016 to discuss the columns and what options they see.  

The first two of the Friends of the LaVale Library sponsored  series of 12 science, technology,  and engineering programs have been well attended and received.



On Saturday April 23 at 3PM,  we will be unveiling murals on the brick facade of the Frostburg Library done by a local artist.  The work was funded and coordinated by the Frostburg First and Frostburg Community Development Department.

We have updated our personal appearance policy to indicate that our new name badges must be worn at all times while at work.

Given the nature of attendance and library resources, we have modified our computer class offerings.  South Cumberland will continue to offer classes, but our other branches have transitioned to offering one- on-one classes.

The Western Maryland Regional Library is donating vehicles to each of the library systems that it supports.  In our case, we selected a more fuel efficient sedan rather than a van as we already have 2 of those.

Next Board Meeting is April 13, 2016 at 4PM at the Washington Street Library


Web Site of the Week: College Board’s Big Future College Search

April 12, 2016 Leave a comment


Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 3.14.57 PMWith 3,855 college options to choose from, many students find the search process for the perfect post-secondary institution daunting. The College Board’s Big Future College Search program can help students narrow down to their perfect school with a number of intelligent filters, including Test Scores & Selectivity, Type of School, Location, Campus & Housing, Majors & Learning Environment, Sports & Activities, Academic Credit, Paying, Support Services, and Diversity. Users may modify the search according to their own selection criteria. Along the way, they will learn a great deal about what is available and how it matches with their particular desires and proclivities. [CNH]

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Web Site of the Week: Beauty, Virtue, & Vice: Images Of Women In Nineteenth-Century American Prints

March 29, 2016 Leave a comment

This site from the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) interrogates the changing images of women over the course of the 19th century, both as objects of beauty and as moral (or immoral) actors on the social stage. Analyzed over 13 chapters, the online exhibit uses prints and paintings to unpack such topics as the Standard of Beauty, Women & Religious Authority, Women in Public Life, and Images of Women as Advertising Strategies. Along the way readers will not only be treated to an advanced visual rhetoric centered on the images of the day, but a well composed text that elucidates these issues as they developed through the 19th century. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015.


Web Site of the Week: Fair Use Evaluator

March 22, 2016 Leave a comment


In the United States, use of copyrighted material is considered fair when it is done for a limited and transformative purpose. Knowing what is determined fair use and what isn’t, however, is not always as easy as it sounds. The Fair Use Evaluator, which was created by the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy, helps readers through the process of deciding what is and isn’t fair use under the U.S. Copyright Code. To use the evaluator, select “Make a Fair Use Evaluation.” The program will then take readers through five steps, including Getting Started, The Fair Use Evaluator, Provide Additional Information, Get a Hard or Electronic Copy, and How to Use Your Analysis. In addition, on the homepage readers may also select Learn More About Fair Use, for basic information about fair use guidelines. As an interactive tool, the Evaluator is a helpful resource for anyone unsure about fairness of use. [CNH]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2016.



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