Calendars, Chronologies, and Consumer Resources

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  • 1. Calendars / Chronologies • Quick resources for accessing dates in history, things that happened on a day in history, birth dates / death dates, etc. • Examples include Chase’s Calendar of Events, This Day in History, LOC’s Today in History
  • 2. Print Resources Chase’s Calendar of Events • Annual report on the year’s events • Daily entries include birthdays, subject area milestones, and popular events • Also features “Focus on…” areas, including major awards, presidents, chinese calendar, astronomical phenomena, etc. •First Published in 1957 • Very brief amount of online information: Chase's Calendar Home Page
  • 3. Text Example: Chase’s • Facts are presented in list format • Pages are black and white without pictures • Similar to an Almanac, but purely date organized
  • 4. Print Resources (cont.) Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events • Presents historical events in a horizontal format • Provides historical and geographic context to all major historical events •No online content
  • 5. Text Example: Timetables… • Subject area of interest (1) History and Politics, 2) Literature and Theatre, 3) Religion, Philosophy and Learning, 4) Visual Arts, 5) Music, 6) Science, Technology and Growth and 7) Daily Life. • Era in number form • Factual entries • Index to locate specific people or events
  • 6. Print Resource Comparison Evaluation - Selection Browse-able Chase’s… Timetable… Very well organized. Simple to find what Graphically organized. Difficult for you’re looking for. textual readers to navigate. Very linear. Events occur on a single Encourages the discovery of creative page and are not connected to other connections linking events throughout events within the book or throughout history. history.
  • 7. Online Resources • Access to resource is not limited to a library building • Generally, a library card will get you the access you need. • Many are free to use. • Interactive content often available • Examples: This Day in History (The History Channel) , Today in History (Library of Congress), On This Day (New York Times)
  • 8. This Day in History Compilation of historical resources, facts, Produced by the History Channel, so there is a lot of multi media content Subject Search Video Content Ads!?! http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do
  • 9. Today in History • Compilation of many resources: print, primary source, and online • Lacks video/audio • Makes up for it with hyperlinked subject headings throughout fact entries that take you to LOC catalog searches for materials http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/today.html
  • 10. On This Day • Part of the NY Times Learning Network • Made up of Associate Press and New York Times articles and research • Internal links to New York Times articles about subject matter http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/index.html
  • 11. Online Comparison Currency is key!!! Online resources will almost always be more current than print resources On this Day Today in This Day in History History New York Times - Library of Congress History Channel - Print content from Somewhat of a ‘federated Multi-media content associated press and N.Y. search’ of all historical Very accessible Times content housed in the Good search Stock Photos LOC. Entertaining!!
  • 12. Consumer Resources • Collection of information of interest to consumers of products: cars, electronics, etc. • Very focused audience. These are not general reference. Unless you are interested in purchasing a product, you won’t be browsing these for entertainment. Oh, wait! My dad has been reading consumer reports for years. But
  • 13. Kelley Blue Book • THE online car buying guide resource • Published for over 80 years, provides consumers with detailed pricing information and
  • 14. Kelley Blue Book Content • Intuitive visual search • No real text search • Integrated Web 2.0 tools such as forums, classifieds, user reviews • Most info on new cars is direct from manufacturer • Info on used cars is generated by
  • 15. Consumer Reports • Basic information is available, but comprehensive product analysis is only available to paid subscribers • Not quite as cutting edge as http://www.gizmodo.com or http://www.engadget.com , •However, their info is objective and analytical
  • 16. Calendars / Chronologies Question When asked by a patron for information on cultural events in Africa taking place in the 1600s, which resource would best be used to find the information? • Chase’s Calendar of Events • Timetables of History
  • 17. Calendars / Chronologies Answer When asked by a patron for information on cultural events in Africa taking place in the 1600s, which resource would best be used to find the information? b. Timetables of History
  • 18. References Chase’s Calendar of Events. Chicago: McGraw Hill, 2009. Consumer Reports. Retrieved July 1, 2009 from Consumer Reports Web site: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2005. Kelley Blue Book. Irvine: Kelley Blue Book Co., 2008. Kelley Blue Book. Retrieved July 1, 2009 from Kelley Blue Book Web site: Http://www.kbb.com On this Day. Retrieved July 1, 2009, from The New York Times Web site: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/index.html This Day in History. Retrieved July 1, 2009, from History.com Web site: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do Today in History. Retrieved July 1, 2009, from The Library of Congress: American memory Web site: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/today.html