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Automotive Repair Information for Do-It-Yourself People

August 26, 2013 | Susan | Comments (0)

Chilton On-Line Auto Repair Manuals are the go to reference sources for do-It-yourself automotive enthusiasts, professionals and students.  Chilton has been helping people maintain cars and trucks for more than 80 years. Chilton’s Auto Repair database provides online repair manuals, maintenance schedules, service bulletins,   photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step procedures, wiring diagrams. 

Chilton can provide you with:

  • Latest automotive news
  • Tips, tricks and vehicle information
  • Communicate with other enthusiasts like yourself
  • Blog – some of the recent topics include – Which Antifreeze is Right for your Vehicle?; Top 5 Brake Complaints and How to Resolve Them; Under Pressure…Keeping Your Tires Inflated Will Make Them Last Longer & Your Vehicle Will Use Less Fuel Too; Which Basic Hand Tools Do you Need; How to Replace Tires Like a Professional


Please check out these titles for some your car repair needs available at TPL.


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When Everything is Online, Why Come to the Library At All?

August 22, 2013 | Susan | Comments (0)

I recently came across a short TEDx Talk by Chrystie Hill, Community Services Director for OCLC's WebJunction, and author of Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community. In it, she asks the audience to think about that all-too familiar question, "When everything is online, why come to the library at all?"

Her talk is just under 13 minutes long, but touches on a wide range of libraries and their services all over the world, including:

  • YOUmedia Lab in Chicago, a learning space that helps teens build their skills and create digital projects, froms songs to videos to photography to podcasts
  • Veracruz, Mexico, where buses deliver technology and education to remote rural communities 
  • Aarhus, Denmark, in which the practice of participatory democracy (aka community input) generates a new model for a public "mediascape" library that focuses on networked, open spaces, and collaboration. 

Ultimately, she says, the library of the future is not about storing books. What is it, then? Well, she says, "we get to decide, we get to do what we want, and everything is allowed."

Although her talk is over a year old now, it was new to me, and I found it informative and inspiring. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out below:


Medieval Manuscript: Portals and tools

August 1, 2013 | julia | Comments (0)

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The summr edition of ola.access has a long article by Jennifer Dekker on websites and protals to sources on European history. Her article is based on another rticle about the Digital Scriptorium project where author Stephen G. Nichols compares the creation, production, circulation and accessibility of manuscripts in the medieval period to the same values for the digitized manuscript in our times.

The article points to a few sites that have succeeded  very well in digitizing medieval manuscripts.




European History Primary Sources (EHPS): Medieval period

The EHPS is a portal to sources for European history but can also provide a shortcut to some of the most significant online medieval texts available. Sites are organized by country, language, subject and type.

Digital Scriptorium

This site is a portal intended to provide access to multiple collections of digitized medieval and renaissance sources. This portal also provides access to documents that are found in American collections.

Manuscripts Online: Written Culture 1000-1500

Manuscripts Online is a growing collection of mixed surces such as text transriptions, databases, image catagues and tols for understanding medieval Britain.

Reading Old Documents

The National Archives of the UK has developed several online tutorials in reading Latin and Latin paleography to help readers interpret what they are seeing when viewing a digital image.


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