Archive for February, 2010

Olympics research resources

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The SFU Library has a short research guide intended to help students who are researching the Olympics from a wide range of perspectives (business, kinesiology, geography, communication…): Olympics & Paralympics 2010.
A couple of my favourite links from this guide:

LA84: Digital Archive
(Click on books or periodicals in the left column to browse the collection, or on Search to search across all titles.)
“Digital resources include academic journals, scholarly books, popular sports magazines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and an extensive offering of Olympic publications. The Olympic titles include a complete run of back issues of Olympic Review, the official publication of the International Olympic Committee, and two dozen Olympic Games official reports. “

eLegacies: Learning Resource for the 2010 Games
: Researchers might want to start with the 2010-2012 Games Online Resource Centre part of the site where you’ll find “hundreds of research links, reports, statistics, trends, news and current issues related to the 2010 and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.” Note: The link to the actual resource centre is a bit hard to find. It’s behind the word “here” in the description.

— Mark Bodnar

Resources for Questions about the 2010 Olympics

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Post your links to resources that will help AskAwayers answer those Olympics questions! Here’s a couple to get started with:
From Public Library AskAwayers: Over 35 sites about the 2010 Olympics, transportation, free events, tickets and more!
From Douglas College: Two different guides for Olympic visitors: and

Reference Renaissance Conference Announced

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

AURORA, Colo., January 20, 2010
*A Reference Renaissance 2010: Inventing the Future*, co-chaired by Marie Radford and Rivkah Sass, will be held August 8-10, 2010, in Denver, Colorado. This exciting event will feature numerous presentations showcasing the latest reference trends and techniques that will give you new ideas and tools to better serve your customers. Also included are vendor exhibits, presentations specifically focused on products and services of interest to reference and information staff and plenty of opportunities for networking and sharing with colleagues.
Information about registration and the Call for Proposals for this conference will be coming soon. In addition to *Virtual Reference*, conference tracks will include *Meeting Our Users Where They Are* and *New Roles and Future Directions for Reference Librarians*. We welcome submissions from public and academic librarians. In addition to more traditional presentations, lightning round and Pecha Kucha submissions are also encouraged.
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