Web Site of the Week: Time: Health Blog

November 24, 2015 Leave a comment

Few heath resources on the Internet can match the Time Health Blog for the frequency of its updates and the variety of its reporting. Here readers will find fresh posts three, four, or even five times a day, on everything from what studies are suggesting about sugar (it’s toxic), to whether acupuncture successfully treats neck pain (it does), to why interval training works (hint: free radicals). Readers may filter the blog by subject, including Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Diet, Medicine, Mental Health, Should I Eat This, and Sleep, among others. With such a plethora of entries, readers are encouraged to browse through the thousands of entries that have been posted over the past several years. [CNH]

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Web Site of the Week: We’re History

November 3, 2015 Leave a comment

We’re History draws from academics, journalists, and amateur historians to present the multifarious narratives of America, in all its contradictions and complexity. Posts and articles on the site fall into one of five informative categories: History Behind the News; Culture, Military & Maritime; Politics & Economics; and This Day in History. One particularly fascinating entry by Benjamin T. Arrington, a park ranger with a Ph.D. in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, tells the story of the day in 1912 when an assassination attempt was made on Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt immediately took the stage to offer a 90-minute speech, the bullet still lodged in his rib. To find this, or any other article, readers may like to use the search function on the top right-hand side of the page. [CNH]

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Inter-Library Loan is moving

October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Please be advised that the state wide interlibrary loan system will not be available from Thursday, October 22nd, through Thursday, October 29th.  ACLS will not be sending or receiving interlibrary loan requests during that time. You will also not be able to place any requests while they are moving.    Inter-Library Loan services will resume on Monday November 2, 2015

MILO (Maryland Interlibrary Loan Organization) is relocating their shipping “hub” and will not be delivering requests during that time. Since all statewide delivery is routed through this hub it affects all deliveries outside of Allegany County. To prevent a backlog of materials during the relocation Marina will be shut down. Patrons will not be able to request items during this time.  Delivery will continue to come in until Monday, October 26th and then will start again after Monday, November 2nd.

Feel free to check in at any branch if you have further questions.

Thanks for your understanding.

Categories: Gadgets

Web Site of the Week: 100 Leaders

October 20, 2015 Leave a comment

100 leaders chronicles the life and work of 100 men and women who guided the course of history, in one way or another, in countries and cultures around the world. Interestingly, the site does not concentrate its attention only on “great” leaders, but instead examines the example of “significant” leaders, putting a critical eye to both the accomplishments and catastrophes that leaders have wrought over the years. Readers may scout the site by Type (Artistic, Economic, Intellectual, Military, Political, Religious, Scientific, and Social), by Sphere of Influence (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and North America), and Time Period. Examples of featured leaders include Desmond Tutu, Sitting Bull, Augustine of Hippo, Elizabeth I, and many others. Educators, especially, will appreciate the Classroom Resources, which include a short video, as well as Lessons, Printable Posters, and other inspirational tools. [CNH]

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


Library Board Minutes from September 2015

October 16, 2015 Leave a comment

The Allegany County Library System Board of Trustees met on September 9, 2015 for their regular meeting.  The minutes are available here.

Web Site of the Week: Rare Book Room

October 13, 2015 Leave a comment

The Rare Book Room is a somewhat eclectic collection; it consists of about 400 digitized books contributed from libraries all over the world, including the US Library of Congress, The British Library, the American Antiquarian Society, universities as diverse as Stanford, Southern Methodist, and Oxford, as well as a few private collectors. The books were photographed at a high resolution, “in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page,” which means that viewing can be a delight. A search box is provided, but it’s also possible to select from lists of subjects (Category), Authors, and donating Library. In addition, a list of all titles can be retrieved. Once at the all-title list, however, selecting the Rare Book Room link will take visitors to the company that scanned the books, Octavo (http://www.octavo.com/ ), although the Octavo pages have not been updated since the mid-oughts. And yes, there are both Arthur Rackham- and John Tenniel-illustrated editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Rackham in Dutch, English, and French, and Tenniel in French, German, Hungarian, Spanish, and English. [DS]

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


Web Site of the Week: KeepVid

October 6, 2015 Leave a comment

The premise of KeepVid could not be simpler. Just copy and paste a link from YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, DailyMotion, and other supported sites and select Download. The program then downloads the video or audio onto the user’s computer free of charge. While KeepVid is safe and legal, readers will want to be careful about how they use their downloaded content. For
instance, downloading the latest Taylor Swift video to one’s computer is legal. However, using that video for profit or any public purpose is usually a violation of copywrite laws. Nevertheless, for readers who would like to download their favorite videos from YouTube and other sites,
KeepVid is an excellent resource. [CNH]

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



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