Archive for the ‘Websites’ Category

D.I.Y. Canning and Pickling

During March I came to the startling realization that my freezer was still packed with blueberries from last year’s picking. Even after all the smoothies, I still had a ton of berries to reckon with. I debated bread, muffins, or starting on a smoothie-only diet, but none seemed appealing. Then one fine day a little [...]

Librarian Search Tips: Google

We’re spilling our search secrets! Earlier this week, Charles wrote about how to search our catalog. Today I share with you some common search tips we employ while using Google. Using these suggestions will narrow down results, making information retrieval more manageable and, most importantly,  targeted to what you need! One of our former colleagues [...]

Reading the Weather

Freezing fog.  Air stagnation.  Temperature inversion.  These are just a few of the words we’ve heard in the news over the last month.  As we woke to frost covered bushes and ice covered windshields, I found myself fascinated, even obsessed, with the weather.  I read weather websites like and looked at road cams on [...]

Big Decision 2012

Are you an undecided voter?  Or a voter who has an idea of how you’re going to vote but needs more information to be sure?  It can be a challenge to find balanced, trustworthy sources to help navigate the political landscape as it often seems that every person and organization out there has an opinion [...]

Running: One librarian’s attempt to get back in shape

I’d like to thank a particular patron for helping me make a change in my life recently. Unfortunately I didn’t get her name, but if she is reading, I’d like to thank her. (I hope you know who you are!)

Be INSPIRED by the Freedom Riders

Last May was the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Riders.  The Freedom Riders were civil rights activists, most of them college and university students, who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States. American Experience aired a film to tell “the story behind this courageous band who in 1961 creatively challenged segregation.”

Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin is a professor at Colorado State University who spearheaded new designs for the more humane slaughter of cattle in slaughterhouses.  She is also a well-known autistic woman and an advocate for the better understanding and treatment of autistic people.  I recently watched the HBO movie starring Claire Danes about Grandin (Temple Grandin) [...]

GREENR: Environmental & Sustainability Studies

Corvallis has long been on the forefront of environmental and sustainability initiatives and the library is a proud partner in that effort. As such, we are happy to share that we have a new database this year: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources (GREENR). GREENR offers authoritative, current and expansive content focused [...]

MLK Jr. Day Library Closure

All branches of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will be closed January 16 in observance of the holiday commemorating the late Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy, check out the suggestions below. (To view additional library resources on Dr. King, view a [...]

Education wants to be free

Recently, Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched an online learning initiative, called MITx, aimed at enhancing the way they offer the online content of their opencourseware classes. MIT expects that MITx will continue to expand, hosting a virtual community of millions of learners around the world.