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Monday, March 03, 2008

New...and Very Exciting! The other night I was watching television. A rather sleek advertisement appeared about Massachusetts libraries. With a Massachusetts library card, you can assess resources without leaving your computer room, that is if you have a computer. I was curious, and the librarian in me had to take a look. I logged in and got a nice clean screen, with easy links and instructions. If you choose to enter a city or town name, you will discover the libraries in that area. There you will find a web page with hours, directions, and what that library has to offer, both on-line and during a visit. Another feature is access to the virtual resources. To those using the virtual catalog and databases everyday at work, this incredible resource is second nature by now. Yet, to those unaware, this is huge. Take a look, spread the word. Use it in everyday reference interactions. As the younger generation says...This is Way Cool! This site is maintained by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and is funded by the Institute and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and lifetime learning. Thank you Library Commissioners and the Institute.

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