The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh proudly presents some cool new digital tools for library users. Grab your CLP card and take these electronic resources for a spin.
What it is: The Pittsburgh Courier in digital form
What it does: Provides full-text access to 91 years’ worth of a prominent African American newspaper.
What you can do with it: Explore local history; supplement your geneaology research; get a different view of local and world news; teach your students about African American history; search for interesting events that happened on your birthday.
Bonus feature: You can also search the ABI/Inform business database from the same screen.
What it is: A clearinghouse of information on current topics and controversies.
What it does: Collects massive amounts of information into one place, and represents all sides of challenging issues.
What you can do with it: Get credible information faster; stop wading through 5 million Google hits; read non-partisan information from reputable sources; educate yourself about different cultures and customs; set up RSS feeds for world news sources (separate sign-up required); challenge your first impressions; become a well-informed citizen.
Bonus feature: Contains lesson plans and other educational resources for teachers, as well as research and other study guides for students.
Questions, comments, praise and censure can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org . And don’t forget: your chance to weigh in on what role technology — among other things — should play in the future of the library is coming up soon. Visit the Community Conversation page for more details.
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