Hot Topics: E-Books and E-Readers Explained

Please register now for our upcoming webinar:

Hot Topics: E-Books and E-Readers Explained

Wed., April 20, 2011, 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

With the plethora of e-books and e-devices now available, where do you start when helping users in Ask a Librarian? Knowing the basics of what’s out there and how it ties users to our libraries gives you a better understanding of the growing demand in digital reading material, and helps you help patrons. How do we help our readers use the readers they have now? What do they (or we) need to get started? And what’s the difference between a Kindle and a Nook, anyway?

Let Chad Mairn of St. Petersburg College and Al Carlson of Tampa Bay Library Consortium help you forge a path through the jungle of acronyms for formats and DRM’s, e-books and e-readers. They don’t have all the answers, but they will provide back-to-basics help and a foundation for building your own growing understanding of e-books & e-readers in this informative webinar.

Be there or be square!

E-Gov & Ask a Librarian Webinar

Ask a Librarian will be launching a E-Gov Specialized Entry Point in March.  The new entry point will be linked to from, a Florida Resource Based E-Gov Portal.   

Questions from this portal page will route into the main collaborative desk.  Questions that can’t be answered via live chat can be forwarded to an email queue for e-gov-specializing librarians to assist the user.  

To help you get familiarized with and e-government resources in general, Nancy Fredericks, E-Government Services Manager for Pasco County Public Library Cooperative, and Ask a Librarian will have an “E-Gov and Ask a Librarian” webinar on Thurs., Feb. 24 at 1:30 pm ET. 

To register or for more information, please visit:  

In addition to the training, we are looking for a few good volunteers who have experience with e-gov.  These volunteers will work with Nancy Fredericks to answer questions either submitted by users via email or to follow-up on live chat sessions.  Please email Traci at if interested.

FEL New Year News

Florida Electronic Library Adds Small Business Resource Center and DemographicsNOW

The Florida Electronic Library has added two new online resources for business development and small business entrepreneurs: the Small Business Resource Center andDemographicsNOW (Florida Edition).

Small Business Resource Center
Honored for the second year in a row in the prestigious New York Library Association – Best of Reference List, it provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with a one-stop source for all the key information needs including:

  • Financing.
  • Financial planning.
  • Business plan creation.
  • Market analysis.
  • Sales strategy.
  • Tax planning.

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New Titles for the Florida Electronic Library

The Florida Electronic Library added the following titles:

American Revolution Reference Library
Provides in-depth information about the American Revolution that students and researchers need for class assignments and reports. (4 vols)

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras
Profiling milestones and movements in the arts, literature, music and religion. (5 vols)

Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th Century America
Covers the hairstyles, slang terms, advertising jingles, pop music sensations, and all else described as popular culture. (5-vols)

Crime and Punishment in America Reference Library
Covers the evolution of the American criminal justice system throughout history. (5 vols)

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Resources for the 2010-11 Florida History Fair

Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, the Florida History Fair (FHF) is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at elementary and secondary levels.

Debate and Diplomacy in History

This year’s National History Day (NHD) theme is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”

A Florida History Fair entry can address any person, event or idea from any time or place in history, but it also must relate to the annual theme.

The following list of Florida topics was developed by staff of the Museum of Florida History and the Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State. This list gives examples of resources available, but is not comprehensive.

Additional resources are available at the State Library and Archives of Florida in Tallahassee and through the Florida Electronic Library online.