Thursday, July 10, 2008

Blog Posts of the Month

We had two posts this past month, one personal and one professional, that tied for "Blog Post of the Month". Here are two of June's best posts.

PowerSearch Works! (by Stephanie)

Back in May I blogged about how to increase usage of your Gale databases by adding a PowerSearch box to your webpage. I'm pleased to report that Ginny Bird at New River Public Library Cooperative tried it and has seen the usage in the three Coop libraries increase 30 times over the average use for the last seven months. They had just 62 searches in April and 1,917 in May.

Are there any other libraries out there who've tried it and want to brag about their success? Email

Don't know about the Gale databases? Visit the Florida Electronic Library!

Babypalooza at the Fire Station (by Brad)

The Ward family had a wonderful time celebrating two birthdays this past weekend. Since both of my children have the same birthday (one year apart), we had what I referred to as “Babypalooza”. The Clay County Fire Department hosted our birthday party (at no charge) and did a great job. We had a tour of the local fire station, inside and out.

The two firemen who were on duty pulled a fire truck out into the parking lot and let us climb all over it. We got to ring the bell, turn on the siren, and play with Smokey the Firehouse Dog! Inside the fire station we saw where the guys work, play, and sleep.

Outside we banged around a fire truck piƱata full of candy, played on the adjacent playground, and just had a great time.

Enjoy some photos on NEFLIN’s Flickr page

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