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April Trivia, 2012

April Flower:  Sweet Pea


APRIL FACTS AND FICTIONS.  Where citations take a holiday.

In antiquity, April Fools was linked to the Spring or Vernal Equinox, the first day after winter when daylight is longer than nighttime. In ancient Rome, there was a several-day period called Hilaria. It began with several days of solemn reflection, making sacrifices, possibly mourning losses, and/or coming to repentance for misdeeds—all associated with the darkness of winter, before feeling free to officially rejoice on the last day at the coming of spring and the increased light and warmth. It seems reasonable to assume that this custom was eventually transformed into or served as a model for the Christian period of Lent leading up to Easter. Indeed, the date of the Christian holiday of Easter has also always been linked to the Spring Equinox, following from the timing of the Jewish Passover holiday. As we know, these three events may occur in March or April.




Library News, March 2012


 Fountainhead has joined EDUCAUSE, a non-profit, professional organization comprised of educational institutions and certain corporations working in, for example, the educational consulting, software, electronic equipment, and information transmission businesses. Within the USA, Educause has 1700 members; and in Tennessee, Fountainhead makes the 38th member among higher education institutions.  Educause has a variety of missions, publications, and opportunities for Fountainhead faculty, students, and administrative staff. Check it out at www.educause.edu.

Fountainhead will have four member representatives, who at the outset are: the Director of Education, Ron Sears; the Manager of Distance Education, Jay Cabler, the Librarian, Carol Bell, and a member of the IT faculty, Patrick Allen. These personnel are requested to proactively distribute useful information to colleagues and students. And all others are encouraged to proactively request Educause publications from the representatives.


Excursions, March 2012


Archaeology.  America Discovered by Stone Age Europeans?

Natural Science.  One “ginormous” moth. It’s a beauty!



TECHNO-LIGHT  E-books and E-readers.

Apple Introduces Tools to (Someday) Supplant Print Textbooks

Are We Suffering from e-Reader Fatigue?

Want more news about e-books and e-readers? Go to: newser.com


Google Tricks, March 2012


1. Privacy. Do you have concerns about Google? I don’t know how significant this is in the grand scheme, but one thing you can do is remove your Google search history from time to time.  Go here to learn.

2. Searching. Do you ever wish Google wasn’t quite so smart at guessing what you are looking for?

  a. If you want to force Google to search for exactly what you want, try the Verbatim tool.

  b. To force limitation to a specific spelling of single word, or force word order in a phrase, put double quotes around the word or the phrase, respectively.

3. Searching. Limiting to domains. If you want to ensure your results are coming from the government or the military, for example, use “.gov” or “.mil” (quotes unnecessary). Simply insert the domain extension as one of your search terms.


Smart-Quest for March 2012


Where library- and information-related questions are answered. Submit your question to: library.fct@fountainheadcollege.edu

Q. How do you evaluate information that you have found in a magazine article, a book chapter, or a web page, before deciding to use it when preparing a paper or presentation?

A1. There are basic, general criteria one should always consider, such as: whether the author has the right credentials, whether the data is accurate, what bias or agenda may be present, whether the publication date is appropriate for your purpose, etc. A short discussion of these evaluation criteria can be found on the Fountainhead Library Website, linked via the Library and Information Mastery Topics page.

A2.  Additionally, the information content must be substantially relevant to your topic, both overall and also to the subtopic or specific point you are making. In case of a persuasive presentation, relevance may include agreement and non-agreement. Contrary arguments may be used for presenting a balanced discussion, or in order to refute errors.  



Blog: The Access Point

This is the first posting of the new blog/ezine of the Fountainhead College Library, the Access Point. This entry consists only of this welcome and an explanation of the name. While the name explanation is admittedly rather dry, we hope you will not find the entire blog to be so. It is intended to be entertaining and fun as well as useful.

Your comments, questions, requests, short articles for inclusion, etc. may be addressed to: library.fct@fountainheadcollege.edu.  Enjoy!  -- Carol Bell, Librarian


“Access Point,” the name, explained. While “access point” may seem to be an ordinary English phrase, there is more to it. This phrase has a specific technical meaning both in wireless computer networking and in library science. In networking, a wireless access point (WAP) is a device providing a connection between wireless and wired devices. One could say that it is wired on one side and wireless on the other.

In libraries, an access point (AP) is a means of finding out what a library owns or makes available. In the old days of alphabetized card catalogs, there were only three APs, because each one required one or several separate drawers or trays of cards. The three APs were: title, author’s name, and subject. At least three cards were filled out for each item in the library, and each card was filed into the appropriate AP drawer or tray—a lot of tedious work. With the advent of computer databases, any type of descriptive or meta data (database field) can potentially be an AP (be indexed for query and retrieval). Common additions to the original three include: year of publication, keywords, (shelf) call number for printed or media objects, and journal/magazine name, in the case of article-indexing databases.


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