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June 16, 2010

New Database: Tests in Print

The Library has added a subscription for the Tests in Print database, a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. Information includes test purpose, publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s). being measured by each test. Tests in Print can be searched simultaneously with Mental Measurements Yearbook which includes test reviews.

10th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards Winners

From Massachusetts Center for The Book

The Massachusetts Book Awards were announced on April 28th at the Massachusetts Library Association annual conference. Click here to see the winner list.

The Massachusetts Book Awards highlight the work of our vital contemporary writing community and encourage readers to do some "close reading" of those imaginative works created by the authors among us.

Throughout the award year, we promote an award winner and a list of "Recommended Readings" in each of four award categories -- fiction, nonfiction, poetry & children's/young adult literature -- that have been written by Massachusetts writers or about Massachusetts themes. We also publish an annual MassBook Census of Massachusetts books. The Guidelines can be accessed at http://www.massbook.org/guidelines.html.

June 15, 2010

Trafficking in Persons Report 2010

From U.S. Department of State

Secretary Clinton (June 14, 2010): "The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe, including in the United States. The Report, for the first time, includes a ranking of the United States based on the same standards to which we hold other countries. The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it."

Full Report

Credo Reference New Titles - June 2010

The follow titles have been added to Credo Reference Database:

History

The 9/11 encyclopedia, by ABC-CLIO
Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, by ABC-CLIO

Science

Dictionary of microbiology and molecular biology, by Wiley
Encyclopedia of energy, by Elsevier Science & Technology

Social Sciences

A dictionary of travel and tourism terminology, by CABI
Encyclopedia of international media and communications, Elsevier Science & Technology
Key concepts in critical social theory, by Sage UK

June 4, 2010

Crowd Science Reaches New Heights

By Jeffrey R. Young
From The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alexander S. Szalay is a well-regarded astronomer, but he hasn't peered through a telescope in nearly a decade. Instead, the professor of physics and astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University learned how to write software code, build computer servers, and stitch millions of digital telescope images into a sweeping panorama of the universe.

Along the way, thanks to a friendship with a prominent computer scientist, he helped reinvent the way astronomy is studied, guiding it from a largely solo pursuit to a discipline in which sharing is the norm.

One of the most difficult tasks has been changing attitudes to encourage large-scale collaborations. Not every astronomer has been happy to give up those solo telescope sessions. "To be alone with the universe is a very dramatic thing to do," admits Mr. Szalay, who spent years selling the idea of pooling telescope images online to his colleagues.

Today, data sharing in astronomy isn't just among professors. Amateurs are invited into the data sets through friendly Web interfaces, and a schoolteacher in Holland recently made a major discovery, of an unusual gas cloud that might help explain the life cycle of quasars—bright centers of distant galaxies—after spending part of her summer vacation gazing at the objects on her computer screen.

Crowd Science, as it might be called, is taking hold in several other disciplines, such as biology, and is rising rapidly in oceanography and a range of environmental sciences. "Crowdsourcing is a natural solution to many of the problems that scientists are dealing with that involve massive amounts of data," says Haym Hirsh, director of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems at the National Science Foundation...

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June 3, 2010

The Expanding Mind

By Pete Estep
From Seed

Scarcely a decade has passed since scientists painstakingly sequenced the first bacterial genome, yet today automated human genome sequencing is becoming routine, heralding a new era of medicine. Replacement tissues and even organs can now be grown from a patient’s own cells and used without risk of immune rejection. Genetic therapies for a plethora of debilitating conditions are on the horizon; brain and body imaging technologies allow early discovery of potentially harmful pathologies. But as these developments have unfolded, another area of research has simultaneously matured to rival them in its dramatic potential to help people. It’s called neuroengineering.

My colleagues and I have expected these events for years, but we are still awed by the results; some things are so powerful that, even if you know they are coming, they remain breathtaking when they actually arrive. Watching a person move a robotic limb or control the functions of a computer, through thought alone, we have little choice but to stare in amazement. These breakthroughs were made possible by prototype brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), which allow direct communication between the brain and external devices.

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June 1, 2010

New Database: EconLit with Full Text

The library now has a subscription to EconLit with Full Text from EBSCO, replacing our subscription to EconLit through First Search. This database from the American Economic Association contains all of the indexing and abstracts available in EconLit from 1969 to present, plus full text for more than 500 journals including many non-English full-text journals in economics & finance. It provides links to full-text articles in all fields of economics, including capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, environmental economics, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, urban economics and much more.

New Database: ARTstor

ARTstor is a collection of over one million digital images in the areas of art, architecture, humanities, and social sciences for use in research and teaching. The collection includes contributions from museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. Included with each image is descriptive information such as title, creator, date, size, and current location. ARTstor also provides tools to create webpages, presentations, and study guides. There is a link to ARTstor on the Library’s Research Tools page under the subject category Art.

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