Top Website – ScienceCinema

ScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research to allow users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities. When users search for specific scientific words and phrases of interest to them, precise snippets of the video where the specific search term was spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. The timeline is synced with transcripts of the targeted portion of video.

Featured Topic & Librarian’s Brain

On the Library’s new website we have two new sections.

  • The Librarian’s Brain, this blog, can be read on the website. We provide a short description about the article with a link our to this blog. To read The Librarian’s Brain select Find Information on the website and then click The Librarian’s Brain link.

Top Websites

  • TED: Ideas Worth Spreading
    Organization: TED Conferences, LLC

    TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 100 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.” (TED CONFERENCES, LLC)

  • Click! Photography Changes Everything
    Organization: Smithsonian Institution (SI)

    “Organized by the Smithsonian Photography Initiative (SPI) as a series of integrated programs, ‘click! photography changes everything’ invites the public to consider ways in which photography enables us to see, experience, and interact with the world. ‘click!’ invites experts from a spectrum of professional worlds–innovators, image makers, writers, and public figures–to survey the ways photography has influenced the history, progress, and practice of each of their fields of interest. These commentaries and their related images reveal how photographs are encoded with information and values, and how the meaning of images depends on the needs and perspectives we bring to them.” (SI)

  • The Big Read
    Organization: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

    “The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.” (NEA) Each featured book has a reader’s guide that includes an introduction, the historical context, information about the author and other works and adaptations, and discussion questions.

Quick Search & Databases A-Z

To continue with our tour of the new website – on May 25th you will find Quick Search and Databases A-Z under the Find Information menu.

Quick Search will take you to the current federated searching page you currently use to find our databases by subject or in a alphabetical listing.

  • Subject area:  The difference between this list of databases by subject and the one found under Search by Topic is the ability to search more than one database at a time.
  • Databases A-Z list: Here you can select a single database or check off the ones you want to search and perform the search.  This is what “federated search” means.

Unfortunately, we will only be offering this Quick Search option through the end of 2010. Before then familiarize yourself with  Search By Topic and Databases A-Z sections of the new website so you won’t be lost come 2011.

Databases A-Z list will present you with a list of databases in alphabetical order.  This is handy if you know the name of the database you want to search.  Up at the top select the letter of the alphabet which the database starts with then scroll through the list to find your database.  Here you will need to search each database individually to find your information.