Monthly Archives: May 2011

Book Suggestions Needed for Ages 5-7, 8-13

We need your help in creating a book list for one of our new Explore! modules! We want children (ages 5-13) to experience the nation through literature. We’re looking for fiction books that give a sense of what the environment, weather, climate, dress, lifestyle, and crops, etc. are like. We are grouping the books by region of the U.S.:

  • New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Southeast
  • South
  • Midwest/Ohio Valley
  • High Plains
  • Southwest
  • Northwest
  • Arctic

Here’s our list so far:

  • Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
  • The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Chasing Redbird and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola
  • Alabama Moon by Watt Key
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Lorenzo and the Turncoat by Lila Guzman and Rick Guzma
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

We appreciate any suggestions or feedback on our current list. Email us at

List of Journals Available from the Library

We have redone our A-Z journal list. If you are responsible for a earth or space science publication do we have good information for your publication, links and RSS on our list? Comments welcomed.

I don’t understand why any publication would not provide an RSS feed. The Open Journal System and WordPress both supply one as part of the publishing process. No effort required. I was less surprised that so few sites provide citations that I can import into my citation manager (either Zotero or Mendeley). Still, that seems short-sighted. I’d think publishers would want their materials as widely and easily available as possible. RSS and COinS (Content Objects in Spans) make it simple for other machines to use and present the papers.

From Earth to the Solar System Imagery

NASA has made a collection of images available in connection with the Year of the Solar System. Welcome to From Earth to the Solar System (FETTSS)!

This site is home to a collection of high resolution images that showcase the discoveries and excitement of planetary exploration, with a focus on the origin and evolution of the Solar System and the search for life.

You are enthusiastically invited to download them and use them to create and host an exhibition in your area!

The 90+ images in the collection were chosen for their scientific significance and sheer beauty. After browsing through, if you’re interested in hosting an exhibition in your area, please contact us!

VIVO, National Network of Scientists

Some interesting work linking researchers is being done with VIVO. The National Network enables the discovery of researchers across institutions. Participants in the network include institutions with local installations of VIVO or those with research discovery and profiling applications that can provide semantic web-compliant data. The information accessible through VIVO’s search and browse capability will reside and be controlled locally, within institutional VIVOs or other semantic web-compliant applications.

VIVO is an open source semantic web application originally developed and implemented at Cornell. When installed and populated with researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments, it enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at that institution and beyond. VIVO supports browsing and a search function which returns faceted results for rapid retrieval of desired information. Content in any local VIVO installation may be maintained manually, brought into VIVO in automated ways from local systems of record, such as HR, grants, course, and faculty activity databases, or from database providers such as publication aggregators and funding agencies.