News from the Reference Desk Category: Technology

SCORE Webinar: Online Business Tune Up

Join veteran business owners from SCORE for a presentation on the changing consumer buying behavior which in turn elevates the importance of an effective online growth strategy, followed by a three phase Online Business Tune-up guided by key questions and action steps that help attract the right customer, close the sale, and drive continual improvement. A question and answer session with the co-presenters will follow the presentation. The webinar will be offered twice:

Wednesday, June 3 from 1-2:15 p.m. — REGISTER
Thursday, June 4 7-8:15 p.m. — REGISTER

Tinker with Your Car with Library Resources

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If you’re like me, you aren’t driving a lot lately. I love cars and driving about in my comically small SmartCar. So I was thinking about finding activities to do with my car that don’t involve driving in circles. Mount Prospect Public Library has two auto resources. One is Auto Repair Source. This is one of the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information and contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. I have used it to read up on service bulletins, get a chart on when various fluids should be changed, and learned how to change my headlamps.

Our other resource, Driving Test Prep, is a lot more fun. By “fun”, I mean testing myself on Illinois’ Rules of the Road, and I’m only half joking about it being fun. There are practice tests set at levels of Easy, Hard, and Hardest for getting your license to drive a car, a motorcycle, and commercial truck.  If I needed a copy of the Rules of the Road, I can download a PDF of it in English, Russian, and Spanish.

Here’s a sample question:

If a driver behind you repeatedly flashes his or her headlights, you should do which of the following?
1.  Switch on your high-beam headlights.
2. Increase your speed and move ahead.
3. Get out of the way.
4. Switch on your low-beam headlights.
I said #2, but the actual answer is #3. Get away from aggressive drivers.
Aggressive driving is the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property. If you notice a driver behind you repeatedly flashing his or her headlights, you should not retaliate or engage the other driver in any way. Get out of the driver’s way and allow him or her to pass.
This is the one thing I have not missed about commuting – aggressive drivers. I can’t wait to get back to the Library and help people face-to-face, and when we do my car will be in top shape as will my knowledge of how to be the best driver I can.

New Genealogy Resource

October is Family History Month, and the Library is celebrating by announcing the acquisition of My Heritage, a genealogy subscription database. Like Ancestry Library Edition and Ancestry.com, My Heritage has indexed census, vital records and family tree information. My Heritage,however, can be accessed at home by Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders! To find more clues to your family MyHeritage web resource iconhistory check out this resource either in the Library or at home. Please remember that the Library Research Services staff is available to help you search this database and any of the others in our collection. You may also set up an appointment with Genealogy Librarian, Anne Shaughnessy. Let’s celebrate our families, past and present!

December is National Write a Business Plan Month

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, budding small business owner or seasoned veteran of owning your own business, one thing you’ll definitely appreciate is the importance of having a solid business plan. Just in time for December–National Write a Business Plan Month–MPPL is here to help. Check out our collection for books on writing business plans, or dive right in by accessing Gale Small Business Builder from our list of web resources! GSBB is a user-friendly database that walks you through a step-by-step process for writing a business plan. It even works in tandem with related Gale Business databases to help you create a comprehensive plan designed for whatever your business, from retail to consulting and beyond. Try it this month and check out this video tutorial!

Copyright Trends: Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. Gonzalez

Copyright infringement has been a hot topic since the 18th century for print materials, and exceedingly relevant for digital files since the era of Napster in 1999. In recent years, entities like copyright trolls and other digital watchdogs are always on the lookout to acquire significant monetary gain through litigious means, even if the accused is not the infringer, but unknowingly provides the means to do so. For example, our Library safeguards against infringement liability by requiring patrons not partake in “conduct which violates Federal, State, or local law including copyright and licensing infringement,” according to our internet service policy. Copyright trolls frequently win cases against service providers, but a recent ruling is fighting this trend.

On August 27, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) decided that the owner of a senior living home which provides internet service to occupants will not be held responsible for copyright infringement inflicted by an unnamed guest or occupant. Here is a synopsis by Stanford University Libraries and here is the Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. Gonzalez court publication itself. Whether or not the results of this substantial case will make any lasting changes to copyright policy remains to be seen.