Prizes for Potatoes. Nope, it’s not the latest Library contest. It was a contest publicized in the March 1, 1917 edition of the Bend Bulletin. Local merchants donated prize money and farmers who entered were told they’d be judged on the produce of seven of their potato hills (thought to be more representative of their entire crop, rather than rewarding a farmer for a specially treated “prize” potato plant). The criteria for judging the winner? Yield, uniformity, quality, smoothness, and freedom from disease.
Are international travel plans in your future? Or, if you’re like me, maybe just some armchair travel? Whether you’re actually going somewhere or just want to learn more about the world around us, you should check out Global Road Warrior. You can use this tool to explore countries all over the world and find out about their culture, economy, language, transportation, food, and tons of other useful information.
A mail delivery. Such an event would rarely make the news these days, when we’re so used to instantaneous communication and the ability to watch events around the world unfold in almost real time. That was not the case in the Central Oregon of 1907.
Thus, the February 28, 1907 edition of the Madras Pioneer reported that outside mail had finally arrived, after a washout on the tracks of the Southern Columbia railroad between Wasco and Biggs delayed the mail train for a month. Not only did this mean the delivery of letters from family and friends outside of the Central Oregon region, but it also meant that daily newspapers could finally be received again.
Have you ever been doing research and thought, “I wish I could watch a video about this”? Well, you can! The Barber Library offers you access to a resource called Films on Demand (look for the icon below on the Library’s website):
Films on Demand gives you access to thousands of films covering subjects from automotive technology to job seeking skills to the latest scientific theories - all from reputable, credible producers like PBS and National Geographic. It even shows you how to cite the film for your paper! What’s the best part? Films on Demand is streaming video and is available 24/7 online - so you can watch from home at 2 am, if that’s what works for you. No need to check out and return DVDs to the Library.
Want to try the newest iPad? Read a great book on a Kindle? Or, take some pictures or video? The Library has technology you can borrow and use. Check out the details on our Technology Lending page.
Should fiction be prohibited in school libraries? From recent news in Oregon, you might think this was a current question, but it’s not a new one (though it has moved away from all fiction to specific books).
The Bend Bulletin for the week of February 15, 1911 reported on a debate over fiction in school libraries that took place at a local literary society. The editorial in the paper comes out on the side of fiction, noting that, “If a school is to have a library containing any books other than the driest of text books it would certainly be an unconscionable shame to exclude therefrom fiction.”
Take one of our Library classes this spring. With 3 to choose from, you’re sure to find something that meets your needs. Past students have said that this should be a required class and that they wished they’d taken it sooner - it’s just that good! Find out more at http://www.cocc.edu/library/information-literacy-instruction/library-classes/!
Are you looking for scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles for a research assignment? Chances are, you’ve tried Academic Search Premier. This is a great starting place, but it’s just one resource the Library offers for finding scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Here are some other resources that you should check out:
Project Muse: A collection of almost 150 journals, especially well-suited for arts, humanities & history topics.
JSTOR: This collection of 350+ peer-reviewed journals is great for social science, arts, humanities, & history topics. A special feature of JSTOR is its archival content. Some journals go back to the 1800s. There’s plenty of current full-text content, too, though!
BioOne: As the name suggests, this is a collection of science journals - specifically, a high quality collection of just over 200 full-text peer-reviewed journals.
Or, so said a front-page news item in February 10, 1909’s edition of the Bend Bulletin. And, what was there no news about? That would be the railroad. The full headline read, “There is Nothing New in Railroad News.” Rumors had been circulating that the construction of the railroad into Central Oregon was officially set to begin as soon as weather permitted - a big deal for the burgeoning region. The general manager of the railroad denied all rumors but did allow that he was very confident that construction on the railroad would begin soon, on a route along the Deschutes River. And, indeed, by March 3, 1909, the Bulletin reported that the railroad was a “certainty.” The railroad, the Bulletin predicted, would turn “Central Oregon into a veritable bee hive of activity and prosperity.”
Want to learn more about effective search techniques? How about the basic steps of research? Our library workshops are for you. They’re offered in Bend, Redmond, and Prineville. They’re free and drop-in. More details, including times and dates, are at our website.