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Better Than Google

If you come into the library anytime after school, or on week-ends, you will see tables crowded with tutors and their tutees.  Good money is spent on hiring tutors who help students with their academic subjects, SAT preparation and improving writing and reading skills. I feel this is a needless expense when there is a great database like Learning Express Library waiting for you.

New Mysteries March 2016

The Killing in the Cafe by Simon Brett
Time of Fog and Fire by Rhys Bowen
Bed of Scorpions by Judith Flanders
Lesser Evils by Joe Flanagan
The Case of the Missing Minor Dancer by Cathy Ace
Next of Kin by Maureen Carter
Speakers of the Dead by J.  Aaron Sanders
Stop the Presses by Robert Goldsborough   
Deadly Jewels by  Jeannette De Beauvoir
Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon   
Off the Grid by C.J. Box   
Eleoquence of the Dead by Conor Brady
The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty
The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester
The Never0Open Desert Diner by James Anderson
The Midwife and the Assassin by Sam Thomas

Better Than Google

While perusing our list of databases,trying to get an idea for my blog, I came across one I was unfamiliar with, called EBSCO Explora.  This database is sponsored jointly by both RCLS and New York State.  In a word, it is amazing.  I tried a variety of different search terms, and the results were so google-like, that I had to remind myself I was not using Google.

New Mysteries February 2016

Blood Will Tell by Jeanne M. Dams
Murder at the Manor edited by Martin Edwards
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman
Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason
Fine Art of Murder by Emily Barnes
Doll's House by m.J. Arlidge
Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad
A Voice From the Field by Neal Griffin
Shutter Man by Richard Montanari
Murder on a Summer's Day by Frances Brody
Blood Strand by Chris Ould
Apricot's Revenge by Ying, Song
Case of the Missing Morris Dancer by Cathy Ace
One Foot in the Grove by Lane, Kelly
Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd
Montalbano's First Case and Other Stories by Andrea Camilleri
Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce
I'm Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork
Death of a Nurse by M.C. Beaton
Midsummer's Equation by Keigo Higashino
The Language of Secrets by Khan, Ausma Zehanat

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We have a new addition to our database collection and it comes courtesy of the Ramapo Catskill Library System.  It is called Glassdoor Jobs and Recruitment Site, and will be a boon to all those job seekers out there.  Due to its unusual content, you can search for a job title, but more than that, you can explore the corporate culture of an employer. Glassdoor holds a growing database of more than 8 million company reviewss, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other jobs sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees. Add to that millions of the latest jobs — no other site allows you to see which employers are hiring, what it's really like to work or interview there according to employees, and how much you could earn.

New Mysteries January 2015

The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio
Thread and Gone by Lea Wait
Murder Under the Bridge by Kate Raphael
Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods
The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer
The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves
The Herald of Hell by Paul Doherty
Presumed Puzzled by Parnell Hall
A Song for the Brokenhearted by William Shaw
Stillwater by Melissa Lenhardt
Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
Guardian Stones by Eric Reed

Better Than Google

Professor of Library Science, Wayne Wiegand has just written a great new book entitled, Part of Our Lives: a people's history of the American public library.  While the appeal of this book is obvious to me, anyone with an interest in American social history, or in the state of public libraries would find this book fascinating.

Today, more than ever, we see prognosticators predicting the end of the public library.  By some measurements, this may have some credence. For example, reference transactions have declined markedly since 1999.  The days when a librarian armed with the World Almanac and a telephone book could answer any and all reference questions is certainly no longer true.  The Internet, and of course, Google, have pretty much obviated the need to call the library to settle a bet, or win a trivia contest.

New Mysteries December 2015

Death Takes Priority by Jean Flowers
Riot Most Uncouth by Daniel Friedman
Ornaments of Death by Jane K. Cleeland
Red Storm by Grant Bywaters
Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves
Murder on the Switzerland Trail by Mike Befeler
Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid
Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd
Out Comes the Evil by Stella Cameron
Blood, Salt, Water by Denise Mina
His Right Hand by Mettie Ivie Harrison
Desperate Measures by Jo Bannister
The Flood by David Hewson
Once Shadows Fall by Robert Daniels
Man on the Washing Machine by Susan Cox
Web of Deceit by Katherine Howell
Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust
Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
Sleeper by J. Robert Janes
Traitor's Mark by D.K. Wilson
Verdict by Nick Stone
In the Dark by Deborah Moggach

Better Than Google

Fake! Fake! Fake!  What am I talking about? On-line reviews, of course, and they are more common than you might think.  Researchers estimate that 10% to 30% of reviews posted on line are absolutely fake.  Where do you find these fake reviews? You find them on Yelp and Trip Advisor, Chow Hound, Amazon, wherever people can post an anonymous review.  Who is doing it?  Business owners who want to counteract bad reviews, or who want to post a bad review about a rival.  People may be posting a review of a place they've never stayed at, or eaten at to be malicious, vengeful, or they just have too much time on their hands.  Whatever the reason is, they are very hard to catch. Companies such as Amazon do their best to weed out the most obvious fake reviews, but they still slip in.

New Mysteries November 2015

Chocolate Falcon Fraud by JoAnna Carl
Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew
Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark
Crossing by Michael Connelly
Bottom of Your Heart by Maurizio de Giovanni
Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Heirs and Assigns by Marjorie Eccles
Home by Night by Charles Finch
Golem of Paris by Jonathan Kellerman
Death on Demand by Jim Kelly
Tenacity by J.S. Law
Death Comes to Kurland Hall by Catherine Lloyd
Crucifixion Creek by Barry Maitland
Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything by Nancy Martin
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith
Lost Souls by Sean Patrick
Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson
Candy Cane Cupcake Killer by Livia J. Washburn

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