Reference Notes

A "retrospective exhibit" of OCLC tote bags.

A "retrospective exhibit" of OCLC tote bags.

Each issue covers a different topic or event that we hope will be of interest to you and to your users. You'll find recommended websites, new reference publications, and information about training opportunities.

Current Issue

  • November 2015
    ELM Trading Cards Are Here! • What the Google Books Ruling Means for Libraries • Three Minnesota Libraries Selected as LJ's Star Libraries • Primary Source Sets from the Digital Public Library of America • Michigan State University's New Digital Collection • Densho: A Digital Archive & Legacy • Vietnam War Internet Resources for Research • World's Largest Nature Sound & Video Digital Archive Now Available • Additional LearningExpress Library Webinars Scheduled for Fall 2015 • Can You Solve These Crossword Puzzles? • Finding Health & Wellness Information • Enhancements To WorldCat Discovery • Don't Agonize. Organize! Printable Graphic Organizers For Your Students • Photos of U.S. Public Libraries • Upcoming NISO Webinars: Nov / Dec 2015 • Guest Webinar Video Postcards Available in Archive • Virtual Reference Service: An MLA session recap • One-Second Poll Results: How Many Conferences? • One-Second Poll: The Oxford Comma

Previous Issues


  • October 2015
    Register Now – ELM Expo, November 6 • New ELM Postcards, Order Now! • Join Reference Outreach & Instruction at MLA • New Digital Portal Provides Unique LGBT Resource • Taking Digitization to the Next Level • Librarian Rhapsody – Shoalhaven Library Staff • New ELM Webinars, Fall 2015 • Play Online Jeopardy! • Finding Job & Career Help • Finding News Articles • Finding Test Preparation Resources • Historical Minneapolis Tribune on the ELM Portal • The New OCLC Interface WorldCat Discovery Services Is Here! • Britannica School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month + New Feature, Resource Packs • The Importance of 24/7 Reference Service Collaboration • ACRL Highlights Top 10 Teaching Resources • One-Second Poll Results: Salty or Sweet? • One-Second Poll: How Many Conferences?
  • September 2015
    Learning in Libraries: 4 themes from IMLS • Coloring Trend in Libraries Promotes Relaxation and Mindfulness • Indianapolis Promoting Literacy Through Art: The Public Collection • Digital Ozark Folksong Collection Launched • ELM Workshop Gives Teachers a Head Start • Unconferencing in Southwest Minnesota • ACRL Presents Webcast – Academic Freedom in the Digital Age • Digital Scavenger Hunts • New Learning Bites Video Series • Finding Scholarly Journals • Kids InfoBits • Finding Science Experiments • Finding Biographies • Researching History Day • Finding Industry Reports • Finding Point/Counterpoint Articles • LearningExpress Library – Back to School Skill Building • Equipping You for a Successful Year • New Full-Text Titles Added to Informe Academico • AskMN Virtual Reference survey closing on September 14! • ROI Presenting at Several Fall Conferences • One-Second Poll: Salty or Sweet?
  • August 2015
    Looking for Educational Games Using the ELM Databases? • Interested in Game-based or Narrative Instruction? Would You Help with a Thing? • Growing Communities Through Social Media Tools • Free eLearning and eTeaching Tools • Collaborating on Digital Curriculum in Minnesota • Updated ELM Brochures, Order Now! • Finding Consumer Reports • New Resources in LearningExpress Library • New Titles Added to Gale InfoTrac in June 2015 • Get Social with Britannica • AskMN Surveys: A Fiscal Year End Review • HCL's Brilliant Use of the Smartphone • Congratulations to Two Minnesota Media Specialists! • What Video Analytics Can Teach Us about Our Video Tutorials & Students • One Million Minutes of Historical Video Added to YouTube • Seeing as a Computer with Google Deep Dream • Sentiment Towards Banning Books Rising in Just Four Years • Infographic: How Free Apps Eavesdrop on Your Life • Where Teens Go For Health Information • MLA Conference Registration is Now Open! • Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts Webinar Archive Now Available • One-Second Poll: Have You Read an eBook this Summer?
  • July 2015 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 4.4 MB)
    Tips for Preventing Burnout • So Many Devices, So Little Time • Search Straight Talk: A New Infographic for Savvy-Minded Research • LJXPress Highlights Roseville Library • Explora Now Available from EBSCO • Gale Announces Research in Context for Grades 6-8 • Gale Integrates Google Apps for Education Sign-in • Associated Press Videos Coming Soon to EBSCO • New MN Digital Library Website • FinMan and Bud: An Online Course Report • One-Second Poll: Last Book Recommendation
  • June 2015 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 4.5 MB)
    Trends Shaping the Internet in 2015 • 6 Best Practices for Launching an Infographic Online • Relationships @ Work – A LinkedIn Study • June Guest Webinar: Duluth Seed Library • From Seed Libraries to Bird Libraries • Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon • LearningExpress Library – Did You Know? • Science Reference Center Adds 250,000 Images • AskMN Chat Widget Usage and Point of Need • Task Force to Clarify IPEDS Survey Definitions • One-Second Poll: More Fictitious Librarians
  • May 2015 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 2.4 MB)
    Tips for Making Engaging Videos for Your Library • Learning Communities in Libraries • Opening up with Islandora • Library Aspirations & Challenges • Engaging with Students in Online Courses • Setting the Cornerstone: Creation of an Institutional Repository • ELM Resources for the Gardener in You • LearningExpress Library Updates • Content Updates to Kids InfoBits • Ransom! Reminder • Free LearningExpress Library Flyers: Test Prep • Engaging with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy • Helping Students to Ask the Right Questions • One-Second Poll: Best Fictitious Librarian
  • April 2015 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 1.6 MB)
    "In the Library" for National Poetry Month • The Second Machine Age • Can't I just Google it? : Informational Literacy and the Digital Native • Elements of Engaging Design • Teaching and Learning iPad Apps • Offering Technology Help off the Desk • Going Paperless: First Year Students, Selfies, and Information Literacy • Free LearningExpress Library Flyers: Test Prep • Gale Database Redesigns Now Live • Explora from EBSCO Now Available • Legal Questions! • 90-Second Newbery Films from Minnesota Students • Library OnConference • Remember the Card Catalog? • One-Second Poll: ALA Annual
  • March 2015 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 1.8 MB)
    #DoingItWrong • Microaggressions: Deux • Tailoring Communications to Different Audiences • Going Mobile? RootMetrics Maps Minnesota by Carrier • 53 Formative Assessment Ideas • 25 GVRL Titles for Minitex Libraries • Celebrate Women's History Month with Content from ELM • Did You Know? • Historic Minneapolis Tribune Update • Updates to Gale Databases Coming Soon • AskMN Has a New Website and a New Participating Library • Mindfulness Webinar Archived! • One-Second Poll: Word Association
  • February 2015 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 6.0 MB)
    2015 Book & Media Awards • ELM Information & Learning Commons • Profile of a Reference Notes Reader • Myth of Multitasking • ACT Now Required for All MN Students • The "CRAP" Test • New ELM Webinars • Celebrate Black History Month with Content from ELM • Gale Product Enhancements Coming in April • Did You Know? • Ransom! Database Search Game – What We've Learned So Far • New EBSCO K-12 Interface Coming Soon • Britannica Updates • Virtual Reference Best Practices: Working with Persistent Patrons • Guest Webinar Series: Open Educational Resources • Guest Webinar Series: Spring Renewal and Wellness • National Archives Education • $3 Million Worth of Library Ideas • One-Second Poll: Dewey vs. LC
  • January 2015 Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 412 KB)
    Empowering Researchers Prepared for Life Ahead • Top 10 Tech Tools for Educators • History Day Research Help! • General Science Collection – Upgraded! • New Resources in LearningExpress Library • AskMN: Best Transcript of 2014 • New in Your Minitex MyLibrary Account: File Manager • MEMO Is Now ITEM • One-Second Poll: Fiction or Nonfiction?

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