ELECTRONIC MATTERS

From Reader’s Digest, April 2012, come these suggestions for doing away with old computers or cell phones.

Sometimes you can sell your old items. Consult with gazelle.com, nextworth.com and buymytronics.com to see if your stuff is worth anything. Apple aficionados, on the other hand, may wish to drop by their local Apple store to find out if the item – iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC – is usable. If so, then an Apple gift card for use at an Apple store or for online purchases will be yours. If the item is not usable, Apple will happily recycle it for you.

Tax Time

All of the tax forms, either federal or state, are now available in the wall racks across from the Information/Reference desk. I will try to fill the racks when I am in during the week; however, the weekends really seem to be the time when people avail themselves of the forms.
Don’t forget to guide patrons to the IRS www.irs.gov web page and the Illinois Department of Revenue www.revenue.state.il.us for more forms and instructions.

Just a reminder that our IL-1040 supply is very small. There is but one more small number of forms and instruction booklets available. So, the online opportunities will be the only option in the near future. For some reason, the Illinois Department of Revenue usually sends a small supply.

Sincerely,

Delphine, your frazzled tax-forms organizer and all around wonderful librarian.

Look for the Tech e-Books

Located in the database list is Safari Tech Books Online.  This resource is a golden opportunity for those into web design, project managing, etc. Since it is difficult to purchase up-to-date computer tech books, this is an alternative to giving our students the needed supporting materials.

Just remember: On campus, this resource is available on all Internet accessible computers. Off campus, students and staff must be signed up for library service. The staff at the Circulation Desk or the Information/Reference Desk will help you with the details of signing up. HINT– Make certain that your MVCC photo ID has the current semester or session sticker on it.

Veterans Day

Lost in history is the significance of November 11. In the beginning it was Armistice Day and then changed through the years as our forgetfulness of its origin increased.  Now we honor our veterans on this day.

Get the history of Veteran’s Day by visiting the Veterans Administration website http://www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/ and looking for the history of this important day in the right hand menu.

When facts do not change our minds

A program on National Public Radio on September 8, 2010, http://www.hereandnow.org/2010/09/rundown-98-2/,

gives us an insight into our thought processes as humans.  When would we change our minds to correspond with irrefutable information or facts that support another position? As easy as it sounds, we human beings do not necessarily do that; rather we like to hold on, perhaps even more firmly, to our beliefs despite evidence to the contrary.

 

Check out this Boston Globe article, How Facts Backfire. If you really want to spend time with a study conducted by Brendan Nyhan at the University of Michigan about five years ago, feel free to read,  When Corrections Fail: The Persistence Of Political Misperceptions (PDF).

Research Tools on the Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Students who need to get some interesting facts for their research papers should consider looking at the Research Tools section of the EB Online database. Three interesting and potentially useful options are  Timelines, World Data Analyst, and Compare Countries. Note: while EB Online has many citations for its various searches, citing the Research Tools will require some original work on the part of the student mainly because each result is unique.

Websites: Educational and Utilitarian

Trying to save the earth? Interested in the environment?“Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Earth, a new electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other’s work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.” These words are from the web site  http://www.eoearth.org/. It is a very good resource for the student and layperson alike. A keeper. Who’s responsible for it? The National Council for Science and the Environment with editorial support from the Department of Geography and Environment and the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University.

On another note, if you want to know the lay of the land, Lincoln Land in particular, visit http://www.dot.state.il.us/maps/generalmaps1.html. Put out by the Illinois Dept. of Transportation, these are PDF maps of Illinois. Although Google Maps will give you directions and streets, these maps, rather, show the features of regions in Illinois according to Township, County, and City, with only the main thoroughfares plotted. Not all cities in Illinois are on the list. 

And finally, try to learn something new by visiting www.monkeysee.com. You will have to get through a lot of ads to get to your video, but as a neophyte, you will be treated to step-by-step instructions or information on various topics from handling corn snakes to putting on mineral make-up to advanced pole dancing.

Who Represents Me in Cook County?

The publication Who represents me in Cook County? is located in the file drawer near the second computer at the Information/Reference. It is published by the League of Women Voters of Cook County and is located in a file folder, at the back of the tabbed folders, entitled Government Officials. The location in the PAC is Information Desk.