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Updated Career Guidance Resource

   Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Our career guidance database has a new look! The changes to the database include a fresh and cleaner look, better search capabilities, a Career Opportunity News newsletter, and a great deal more content.

The Library subscribes to Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, from Facts on File, which is a resource offering information on jobs, careers, scholarships, industries, work skills, resumes & cover letters, and more. Patrons looking to find a job, change careers or just improve their job qualifications, can use this database to find out what skills different jobs require, and then get tips on how to obtain those skills.

To log in and start using this information, go to the Career Guidance listing of our database page, and either click on "In Library" (if you're in the library), or if you're at home, enter your library card number and click the Login button.

For assistance with this or any of the library's other databases, please contact the Reference Desk.

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New Downloadable Audiobook Titles and Features

   Friday, May 18th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Digital Audiobook Downloads logoA few updates have been made recently to our downloadable audiobook library.

Patrons can now click to browse by two new subject categories, "Historical Fiction" and "Literary Fiction." Also, over 150 new titles have been added in the last few months, bringing our total downloadable audiobook library up to almost 600.

To log into this service, go to http://mvlc.lib.overdrive.com, or look for the logo above on the library's homepage.

Funding for these digital audiobooks is provided by both the Chelmsford Library and the Merrimac Valley Library Consortium, and we use the Overdrive service. If you have any questions or need help with this service, please contact the Reference Desk.
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New Online Subject Guides

   Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Two new subject guides are available on the Library's website.

One relates to Consumer Information, and includes resources such as Consumer Reports, Boston Consumer Checkbook, lists of buying guide books in the library, and links to websites offering product/service ratings, information on shopping and buying, and resources from the government.

The second guide covers Health Resources, including research databases provided by the library, a listing of where in the collection books of various health topics can be found, and a long list of web links to health-related websites, organized by topic. Many of the website are "starred resources," as they are recommended by the Health Studies Librarian of Simmons College.

Links to both of these subject guides, as well as many others, can be found on the Library's website. For help in using the guides, or with researching other topics, please contact the Reference Desk.

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New Chelmsford Community Newsletter

   Monday, May 7th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Seal of the Town of ChelmsfordThe Town has just released their Summer 2007 Community Newsletter.

The newsletter contains listings and information on Town departments and adult and youth recreation events for the summer months of 2007. Also there is a letter from Town Manager Paul Cohen, the program for Chelmsford's 4th of July celebration, an update on the sewer project, recycling information and survey, and contact details for Town programs and departments.

If it hasn’t already, the Newsletter should be arriving in the mailboxes of Chelmsford Residents soon. It is also available for download on the Town’s website as a pdf file (1.1MB). Copies will be available at Town Hall and the Library's Reference Desk, in case you did not receive one.

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Historical Photographs Online

   Friday, May 4th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Photo from the Royal Shawcross setStarting in February 2007, the Chelmsford Library has benefited from the work of the Chelmsford Historical Society and Chelmsford Telemedia in digitizing historical photographs held in the library's archive.

These photographs are part of the Royal Shawcross photograph collection. This collection includes over 150 photographs taken in the North Chelmsford, Massachusetts area around 1901. The subjects include residences and businesses of the area, including the fire ruins of a major mill.

As they are prepared, these photographs are being uploaded to the Royal Shawcross Photographs set of the Library's Flickr account (read about Flickr), to make them available to the public.

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