The State Library of Ohio has launched a site to help Ohioans in the current economy. The "Find Help in Tough Times" center features links to online resources, and will grow as more valuable resources are discovered.
What's Twitter? It's that micro-blogging site that everyone is talking about. To follow exploreohio, (or the library's Twitter feed), go to either of these links and click on "Join Twitter" in the upper right-hand corner! You can even have Twitter posts sent to your mobile phone (standard text message rates apply, so if your plan doesn't include unlimited texting then BEWARE).
Here is a great playlist of 8 super-short videos on special things you can do with Google. Hover over the screen to choose your video or click on the side arrows.
If you are learning how to build and use databases, check out this new title: The Manga Guide to Databases. The format of this title is Manga is a format of comic book/graphic novel in Japan. But this title isn't just for fans of fans of the library's manga collection. Manga is commonly used is Japan beyond entertainment purposes, even government reports.
What's really in the Bailout bill? You can find out for yourself much more easily, thanks to asksam.com, which has created a searchable version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
To go to the ebook version of the bill, click on this link.
You can either search the bill online, or download it to your computer and use a free asksam.com download to view and search it.
asksam.com offers a number of free, searchable audiobooks, including Da Vinci's notebooks, The Art of War; and other legislation, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Patriot Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
If you find yourself out of a job, here are a couple of websites:
In response to the salmonella outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration has created a searchable list of products that have been recalled.
You can browse recalls by product category or company, or use a search function. The entire list can be downloaded as a PDF or a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
To go to the site, just click on the FDA icon.
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has created a timeline of the current financial crisis.
Links to press releases, SEC filings, Congressional testimony, etc., are provided within each timeline entry. Also, there is a PDF version of the timeline that you can download and print off.