Head over to 025.04 Michael’s blog for a great practical idea – using a video loop of online resources on a projector in the reference library to promote the resources.
Public libraries in the UK have a fantastic range of online resources available – Encyclopaedia Britannica, Oxford Dictionary of Natinal Biography, Grove Dictionary of Art and a whole lot more. I recently discovered that many of these ‘general reference’ tools aren’t available in academic libraries so they’re a great resource for students and the general public alike! I particularly like the Oxford Reference collection which includes gems like The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations – where I found the perfect quote for my mum…
A hardened and shameless tea-drinker, who has for twenty years diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and with tea welcomes the morning.
“Johnson, Samuel” The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Southampton Libraries. 25 April 2008