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ReferenceUSA training on job searching, business tips and more!

ReferenceUSA will be offering six different classes available online February through March 2013. ReferenceUSA is a great database for job hunters as well as those looking to start a new business. These hour-long sessions will cover the basics of getting started and the essentials of using ReferenceUSA for a variety of subjects:

   * Search Essentials - Fridays at 9am
                    Registration required
   * Career Search Strategies - Weds. at 12:30pm
                    Registration required
   * Start, Manage & Grow Your Business - alt. Mon. at 12:30pm
                    Registration required
   * People Who Seek People - alt. Mon. at 12:30pm
                    Registration required
   * Consumer & Lifestyle Data - alt. Tues. at 12:30pm
                    Registration required
   * ReferenceUSA Mapping - alt. Tues. at 12:30pm
                    Registration Required

This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques. Lots of time will be reserved at the end of the session for questions.

To explore ReferenceUSA - see the eLibrary under Subjects "Business", "Careers & Jobs" or "Phone Books".

February is African American History Month

February is African American History Month. Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress and many others in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

See Biography In Context (in our eLibrary under "Biography") for articles about famous figures in African American history, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Barack Obama.

Or, try U.S. History In Context (in our eLibrary under "History & Social Studies") to get information for things like Abolition and the Underground Railroad, Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement.

It's all free with your library card!

Have you seen our online videos?

We have been hearing great feedback about our new streaming video collection: Access Video On Demand (AVOD). Our collection covers a wide range of subjects with quality content, both archival and current.

AVOD features streaming video from outstanding producers and broadcasters, including BBC, PBS, Biography, History Channel, National Geographic, Rick Steves and hundreds more! AVOD offers thousands of videos with more added every month.

AVOD is iPad, Android, PC and Mac friendly! Closed-captioning and interactive transcripts are available on thousands of titles. Additionally, students will find citations in Chicago, MLA, and APA styles.

Give it a try! All our eLibrary resources are free to you with your library card!

OneClickdigital (eaudiobooks) - free webinar!

Did you know Ventura County Library has over 5000 eaudiobooks just waiting for you to download? And, there's no waiting: all titles are ipod compatible and available at all times!

Recorded Books offers free webinars on OneClickdigital's features. The next training webinar is offered:

The 1 hour program also includes a complete tour of the service and will show you how to create an account, install the OneClickdigital Media Manager, search for content, manage checkouts, and download and transfer audiobooks to listening devices.

Recorded Books will continue to provide training webinars throughout the year. As new webinars are scheduled, the dates and times will be available here (scroll to the bottom - under "Product Demonstration for Patrons").

Entrepreneurs! Researchers! Small Business Owners!

Our newest database in the Ventura County eLibrary, DemographicsNow: Business & People, is the ideal resource for those in need of a comprehensive business and residential research tool.

DemographicsNow: Business & People provides in-depth demographic variables and trends through reports, maps, and charts. Use DemographicsNow for tools to find businesses and target populations for informed and timely decision making.

Begin at the Ventura County eLibrary > Business subject link. Click on DemographicsNow: Business & People and get started with the great information found in the "VIEW OUR TUTORIALS" link (see the red arrow in the screen shot shown). Take the step-by-step instructions to learn how to:

  • Generate a demographic report
  • Find businesses and people
  • Use maps to find your competition and choose a location for your business
  • Create a sales lead list
  • Access the 2010 Census Data
  • Assess the market and risk factors for your business

Streaming video! The World Almanac! Online biographies!

We are extremely pleased to introduce three exciting new databases in our eLibrary, including a streaming video collection, a world almanac and a set of online biographies!

Access Video On Demand (AVOD) features streaming video from outstanding producers and broadcasters, including BBC, PBS, Biography, History Channel, National Geographic, Rick Steves and hundreds more! AVOD offers thousands of videos on a variety of topics.

The World Almanac Online features authoritative, essential statistics on hundreds of topics. Includes full color maps, flags, graphs, and charts. This database uses Google Translate to offer content in 53 languages.

Chelsea Biographies Online is an online biography resource for middle and high school students. Includes both contemporary and historical subjects. This database uses Google Translate to offer content in 53 languages.

If you do nothing else - enjoy the video selection at AVOD!

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is observed nationally to recognize the contributions people of Asian and Pacific heritage have made to American culture.

Join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

Enjoy websites explaining the significance of the month, Asian American History (take the quiz), along with biographies of notable Asian Americans and more. Don't forget, you can use our eLibrary resources too!

Celebrate National Library Week! April 8-14, 2012

Celebrate National Library Week @ Ventura County Library, April 8-14, 2012!

Every day across the country, libraries open their doors to everyone: students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie lovers and travel buffs.

Visit your local library and let them know how important they are to you. Tuesday, April 10 is National Library Workers Day.

April is Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

Check out your Library's Dewey 811, 821, 831 (etc.) shelves or take a gander at our eLibrary Literature databases: Literature Resource Center and the literature links in Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Don't miss out! There's a way to celebrate every day of the month! Or, try out alternative forms of poetry: book spine poems, zombie haiku, rhyme, song, prose poetry and hymns.

For fun, why not sneak a peak at Crayola.com's Calendar activities to celebrate National Poetry Month?

Databases highlight African American History Month

February is African American History Month. Ventura County Library joins the Library of Congress and many others in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

See Biography In Context (in our eLibrary under "Biography") for articles about famous figures in African American history, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Barack Obama.

Or, try U.S. History In Context (in our eLibrary under "History & Social Studies") to get information for things like Abolition and the Underground Railroad, Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement.

It's all free with your library card!

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