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Library Resources Available 24/7 with Your Library Anytime

   Thursday, April 12th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference
Library Anytime logo

To celebrate National Library Week, the library is launching "Your Library Anytime" - http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/anytime - to highlight all of the library services and resources that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Whether you're trying to finish your homework the night before it's due, sitting on a beach and want to download an ebook, riding the train to work and feel like reading a magazine, or missed last week's speaker on your favorite topic - the library can help, even after our doors are closed.

Your Library Anytime is divided up into general sections, with links to specific resources - both library tools and free online resources - which are all available 24/7. And we'll be adding more links as we grow, so we'd love to hear your feedback - let us know what you'd like the library to offer! Send your comments to Becky Herrmann, Library Director, bherrmann@mvlc.org - or better yet, go to http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/anytime and choose one of the other ways to connect with us, 24/7.

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New Online Resources Available on our Website

   Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Over the last few months, the library has added a whole bunch of new online resources to our website. All of these are accessible either in the library, or outside the library with your library card and internet access.

Below is a list of the new resources, grouped by subject. To find them on our website, you can scroll through the alphabetical list, or find resources using our subject guides.

Books & Literature

  • Books and Authors
    Over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.
  • LitFinder
    Covers world literature and authors throughout history, with wealth of literary works including full-text poems and poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.


  • Business and Company Resource Center
    Provides access to a wide variety of global business information including competitive intelligence, career and investment opportunities, rankings, company profiles & histories and much more.
  • RDS Business Suite
    Balanced and highly focused full-text coverage of company and industry news, management practices, and market research information, featuring leading worldwide business sources, plus tens of thousands of tables with strategic data.

Health & Science

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Access to ~400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, health-related videos, and articles from general interest publications.
  • Psychology & Mental Health (Salem Health)
    Online access to Salem Press' Psychology & Mental Health, covering notable theories, people, social issues, life stages, the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system, and diagnoses, disorders, treatments, tests, for various mental illnesses or conditions, all in a simple, easy to use A-Z format.
  • Science In Context
    Contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.

News & General

  • Global Issues In Context
    International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global and current events, including analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues.
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
    Information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
  • Student Resources In Context
    Covering history, literature, science, social studies, and more, with reference material, full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, video and audio clips and podcasts.


  • American in World History
    Explores the core historical events, trends, and personalities from U.S. history within the context of global history and international relations, using description, illustrations, maps, primary sources, a master timeline, and bibliographies for further research.
  • Milestone Documents in American History
    Online access to Salem Press' Milestone Documents of World History, which combines in-depth analysis with over 125 iconic primary source documents from ancient times to the present and from virtually every geographical region. The Salem History database also searches Great Lives from History: Inventors and Inventions and Encyclopedia of American Immigration.
  • U.S. History In Context
    Contextual information on hundreds of significant people, events and topics in U.S. History, from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
  • World History In Context
    Information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History, from full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
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Language Learning Resources

   Thursday, August 21st, 2008 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Hello, Thank You, Yes and Please in different languagesAs many patrons have been finding out, our subscription to the Rosetta Stone Language Learning database runs out at the end of August. Rosetta Stone will no longer be available through libraries, but there are other language resources that are available to you:

Books & Videos
The Chelmsford Library has a large collection of both books and videos to help patrons learn English or other languages. Most books are downstairs, the videos will be upstairs, and they will all be shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System. Here's the Dewey numbers for some of the popular languages:

420-429 - English
430-438 - German
443-448 - French
453-458 - Italian
463-468 - Spanish
469 - Portuguese
491.73 - Russian
492 - Arabic
495.1 - Chinese

Also, "Early Reader" books are located in the Childrens Room, for those looking to practice or build their English reading skills.

Conversation Circles
Three different conversation circles meet at the library, to give patrons a supportive forum for practicing their English, French or Spanish. These circles are run by library volunteers are are not classes, but instead are groups of learners that meet to help each other improve their language skills.

Please check the Library event calendar for changes or cancellations.

Resources from the Boston Public Library
All residents of Massachusetts are entitled to the resources offered through the Boston Public Library. You can sign up for a library card in person at any of the BPL branches, or get an eCard online to use their online resources.

To learn a language online, the BPL offers the Auralog - Tell Me More database (similar to Rosetta Stone). After creating an account, patrons have access to multimedia activities to learn grammar and vocabulary for both oral and written communication for the German, American English, Dutch, Spanish, Spanish (Latin American), French, and Italian.

In addition, the BPL offers other online language resources, such as dictionaries and general reference, and also a large collection of books and videos.

Internet Resources
There are many websites designed to aid in learning languages. Some are free and some charge a fee, and offer both individual practice as well as foster social connections to collaborate with other people learning the same language.

Two of the options are Live Mocha and Mango Languages. Live Mocha is a free service for learning a variety of languages, and uses visual tools to teach vocabulary and grammar. There is also an opportunity (which is optional) to connect with other people also learning a language. Mango Languages offers a free introduction, but does charge for extended or advanced lessons. It offers a learning interface based on side-by-side translations, phonetic pronunciation guides, and narrated lessons.

Read a review of popular language learning websites.

For help with any of the resources listed above, please contact the Reference Desk.

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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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