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Libraries Affected by Sandy

A number of public libraries have been affected by Hurricane Sandy and many library users are wondering when they will be open, what to do about late fees or how to renew their items. The online services (ebooks, catalog, databases, live homework help, live librarian chat services, etc.) are functional.  Many of the libraries that are now open have free WiFi, public computers, story times, teen activities, video games, movies and other activities along with their regular services.

Below are announcements and links to hours and other information about these libraries:

Queens Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library

New York Public Library

Town of Pelham Public Library

Princeton NJ Public Library

For libraries in the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties.    Here’s a spreadsheet being constantly updated for the hours of New Jersey Libraries.

Celebrate Open Access Week

Looking for peer-reviewed/scholarly research articles on a topic?  Recently graduated from college or no longer affiliated with an academic institution?  You can get access to a growing number of research articles through the Directory of Open Access Journals.

It wasn’t that long ago when the vast majority of research papers were published in journals that could only be read by academics if they — or their university libraries — paid a subscription. Thanks to the growth of the world wide web and the growth of open access publishing more research papers are made freely available online.

The cost of databases, print and electronic journal subscriptions has sky-rocketed impacting both libraries and individuals.  In a 2011 report entitled “The Survey of Library Databases Licensing Practices” (which you can read for 89.50 here), academic libraries surveyed spent a mean of $1.259 million for content licensed in electronic or joint electronic print format in 2010.

Other sites where you can access scholarly articles and reports include the Information Resources page of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

 

Is there an ereader in your future

Many libraries now are offering ebooks for a variety of ereaders – Nook‘s, Kindle’s, Android devices, iPads, iPods and more.

The most popular ebook service available through libraries is provided by a vendor called Overdrive.  Many libraries have branded their Overdrive ebook collection with names – Maryland Digital eLibrary, Southern Illinois Libraries on the GO, Delaware’s Digital Library or The Free Library of Philadelphia‘s Your Overdrive Digital Library.  Regardless of the name, libraries are providing both fiction and non-fiction ebooks for adults and children.  Check out your library website and look for a link or icon to connect you to free ebooks that you can borrow to read.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

The deadline for registering to vote in many states has passed but there’s still time to register in some states.  Check usa.gov for deadlines.

Want to make sure that you’re already registered and haven’t been purged?  Go to the League of Women’s Voters Vote411.org

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