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    March 31st, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~Legal Information Reference Center™ and Small Business Reference Center™—New Do-it-Yourself Databases to be Available ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — March 24, 2010 — Libraries are busier than ever and patrons making legal decisions or looking to create or expand their small businesses need resources for their specific demands. Two new databases from EBSCO Publishing are designed to help patrons help themselves answer legal questions and research small business issues. Legal Information Reference Center™ and Small Business Reference Center™ provide exclusive full text for many of the top consumer legal and small business reference books. These “do-it-yourself” resources provide patrons with the how-to instructions they need to independently address a wide-range of legal and business issues.

    Legal Information Reference Center
    Legal Information Reference Center includes more than 320 full-text publications plus thousands of legal forms with more content being added on a regular basis. The database includes coverage of legal issues such as: business law, personal finance and estate planning, family law, property & real estate and rights & disputes.

    Small Business Reference Center
    Small Business Reference Center contains more than 500 full-text reference books, as well as more than 385 full-text magazines plus sample business plans, and videos. The database provides the everyday user with the necessary tools and detailed instructions to accomplish goals as varied as: starting a business, buying or selling a small business, managing employees, writing a business plan, understanding legal information and marketing a business.

    Each database is presented with an easy-to-use interface that allows library patrons to easily search by subject or search specific books and other sources.

    Both Legal Information Reference Center and Small Business Reference Center include content from Nolo, the national’s oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

    About Nolo
    Nolo has been providing legal answers to individuals, small businesses and libraries since 1971 with books, software, and online information. Nolo offers reliable, plain-English answers to help guide people through the legal tangles of life’s big events.

    About EBSCO Publishing
    EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of nearly 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic Search™, Business Source®, CINAHL®, DynaMed™, Literary Reference Center™, MasterFILE™, NoveList®, SocINDEX™ and SPORTDiscus™ as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion Database™, EconLit, INSPEC®, MEDLINE®, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher’s Index™, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. EBSCO is the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ a core collection of locally-indexed metadata creating a unified index of an institution’s resources within a single, customizable search point providing everything the researcher needs in one place—fast, simple access to the library’s full text content, deeper indexing and more full-text searching of more journals and magazines than any other discovery service ( For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at:, or contact:

    EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.
    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Public Relations Manager
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    March 31st, 2010Badan BarmanLIS Jobs
    Last Date: Within 60 days from 30-Jan-10.

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    March 31st, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    For Immediate Release

    (Calgary, Canada) One can hardly watch the TV news without having someone "interpret" events. Spin doctors, specialists whose careful shaping of words influences how history is both perceived and remembered, are common components on today's political front.

    Yet who would have thought that one of the oldest and most accomplished spinmeisters of all time was the Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar?

    Novelists Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston found that to be the case when they dug into the history of first century BC Gaul for their new book, DRUIDS. The release from Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is the first of a series which focuses on the pre-Christian world of the Celts. Much of what we know about the Celts is taken directly from Caesar's writings, especially his multi-volume commentary on the war he waged against them in Gaul (present-day France).

    Just how much spin did Caesar apply? That's unknown, but the tactic of demonizing an enemy to justify a campaign against them is a stratagem as old as warfare itself. No one would willingly make war on friendly folk merely passing by, but according to Caesar, the migrating Celtic tribes who triggered his campaign against Gaul were barbarian invaders and not merely people searching for a homeland of their own--something the tribes of ancient Europe had been doing for millennia.

    Langston and Galler-Smith, though separated by most of the North American continent--he lives near Atlanta, Georgia; she lives in Edmonton, Canada--spent over ten years working on their first three books.

    "We're both dedicated to getting the history right," says Langston, a retired computer programmer for Delta Air Lines. "The problem of spin became obvious very early. In reading Caesar's Commentaries, his estimates of the size of the Celtic tribes caught my eye. The huge numbers just didn't jibe with what we know from archeological evidence. I don't profess to be an expert on Caesar's writings, but it seemed obvious to me that his supposedly even-handed history was heavily slanted against the Celts."

    "That's one of the reasons we chose to tell our story from a Celtic point of view," adds Galler-Smith, a science teacher and editor. "Most references to the ancient Celts you see today take the Roman and Greek views on them as historical fact rather than culturally influenced opinion."

    Langston continues, "Since the Celts preferred oral histories and traditions to the written word, there's virtually nothing recorded which tells their side of the story."

    "Which is why," chimes in Galler-Smith, "we developed a storyline based on the idea that a Celt may have attempted to document everything--admittedly a huge job, but possible considering the resources available back then."

    "Our novel, DRUIDS," says Langston, "attempts to entertain and enlighten. The period is one about which most people aren't terribly familiar, and that actually helps to make it a dramatic read. Sticking to the facts made it a tricky story to tell."

    About the Book

    DRUIDS chronicles the tale of two young druids, a healer and a seer, set in a first century BC world torn apart by Roman occupation. With the story built around actual historical figures and events, the book is highly detailed, with vivid characters woven into the mix that readers rapidly love, or love to despise. "Bitten by Books" says that DRUIDS has "a compelling and emotional storyline and some fantastically headstrong characters that drive the book to an unforeseen climax".

    DRUIDS has been nominated for the Aurora Award/Prix Aurora for Canada’s Best SF/Fantasy Novel of the year.

    To read the first chapter of the novel, please visit us at:

    DRUIDS by Barbara Galler-Smith and Josh Langston
    ISBN-10: 1-894063-29-5
    ISBN-13: 978-1-894063-29-6
    5.5' x 8.5'

    For more information, or to book an interview with Barb Galler-Smith or Josh Langston, please contact:

    Janice Shoults
    EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing


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    March 31st, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    30 March 2010

    Media Contact: Valerie Colston, Art Teacher on the Net
    858-453-2278 offers free arts and crafts advice and more.

    San Diego, CA March 30-"Art Teacher on the Net" has created a free art resource website and service especially designed for Librarians and Youth Librarians. Need an art idea for a Summer Reading Program, Teen Program, or other library program? Just visit the website at and ask for arts and crafts advice.

    Valerie Colston, M.A. is an art professor and author of 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills, Barrons Educational Series 2008. Ms. Colston has created and taught art workshops in libraries in Southern California for many years.

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    March 31st, 2010Badan BarmanLIS Jobs
    Last Date: 30.03.2010

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