Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Library's Bookmarks

The Library is currently adding all the Library Internet Sites to Delicious.

We are interested in your feedback on this project so take a look at LibraryEPA's Bookmarks and email us with your comments.

If you want to find out more about Delicious we can present a short explanatory session at one of our regular Morning Tea+ held every second Friday morning.

The next is scheduled for 6th February and if there is a particular topic you would like covered at this session please let us know.
Contact the library to request attend this session

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How does Google collect and rank results?

There are several outlines explaining how Google ranks results but this one is by far the simplest and clearest.

So if you have ever wondered just how Google works this brief article by Matt Cutts explains, in plain language, just how Google does it

Library News

To acknowledge World Wetlands Day on February 2nd,
the Library has put together a small display of library holdings.

We are marking the day with Morning Tea in the Library at 10.30. Please join us in the Library at 10.30 am for Coffee or Tea and nibbles.

Free Books

Don’t forget to check our Recycling Depot Blog for all the books we have for you. Just click on the link in any of the entries to submit a request for any of the items you would like to read. We will send them out to you.

While there are a few new books coming in we would welcome any contributions of books you have purchased, read and enjoyed. So please think of the Library@EPA Recycling Depot when you are clearing your bookshelves to make room for new titles and pass the old ones on for others to enjoy.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Morning Tea +

You are invited to join us for morning tea every second Friday.

Where: The Group Conference Room, Level 14, 160 Ann Street.

When: Between 10:30 and 11:30 am.

What: Besides providing morning tea we will be offering information sessions. The first on January 23rd will be on RSS feeds. So if you are wondering what these are then come along and find out.

Contact the library to request a place

Library Updates

We wish you all a very Happy New Year and look to seeing or hearing from you all in the library during 2009.

As we are always looking for ways to improve our services and access to information we are continuing to look for and to try out innovative tools.

We are about to update the library Internet links and plan to put them all on Delicious. If you are not familiar with this tool have a look at it Delicious. If you want to know how to use it we are planning on including a workshop on it in one of our future library sessions.

Journal Tables of Contents Service

Looking for a one-stop shop to subscribe for table of contents?

Here is a new site to help you manage your journal reading It's called ticTOC, and has been created by the ticTOCs Consortium consisting of: the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute.

Linne online

On this website Uppsala University presents research relating to the work of one of the most famous professors throughout its history, namely Carl Linnaeus (Carl von LinnĂ©) (1707 - 1778). There is a particularly interesting section on the site dealing with “Linnaeus and Ecology".

Pictures in Microsoft Excel

Would you like to make more meaningful charts in Excel? If so then visit this site to learn how.

Directions on how to put pictures into a chart created on EXCEL

This tip is for those of you who regularly use Microsoft Excel and would like to improve the present your charts. It demonstrates a way to present your data in a more visual format by simply using the Fill effects in conjunction with Insert Picture option.

Enhancements to RefWorks

During the week of January 12th, 2009, RefWorks is scheduled to release another feature upgrade to the program.

Detailed information about the new features and enhancements for the January release is available at: http://info.csa.com/refworks/feature-release/january2009.shtml .

General New Features & Enhancements
Ability to Save Search Strategies in Advanced Search
File Attachment Searching
Improved Sorting of Japanese Characters

Monday, January 5, 2009

100 Ways to Reduce Your Impact

This is the first prize-winner in the Green Section of Instructables. If you are not familiar with this site then check it out as it is a great source of information on a wide range of topics from crafts to science

Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User

This is just one of the series of article by David Pogue which have appeared in the New York Times over the past few years. Those of you who are familiar with his Missing Manual series will enjoy learning from this author who takes the mystery out of IT for the general user.