Ideas for Students and Teachers

Many of the ideas listed here came from students and teachers who have used the Biographical Dictionary as a study and classroom resource.

Studying a specific historical era
When studying specific periods in history, a popular assignment is to write about someone who lived during that period. The Biographical Dictionary can give you a selection of people to choose from. For example, if you are studying the Reformation you can search the database.

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Schools That Are Using the Internet: Who Are They?

Over one-third of all public schools are known to be using the Internet according to preliminary numbers from Market Data Retrieval’s (MDR) 1996 K-12 technology survey. In addition, almost three-quarters of all districts have at least one school on the Internet.

From November 2000 until June 2005, MDR surveyed 10,400 public school districts concerning the specific types of technologies being used by each of their individual schools. In total, about 67,000 public schools were surveyed. The survey utilized a combination of ...

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e-Business No Longer An Either-Or Technology Decision

Many thought it was archaic and dying, but after almost three decades years of existence, one of the most widely deployed standards for conducing e-Business transactions is as strong as ever, and even continuing to grow. At the same time, newer standards are evolving and competing for ubiquity in an ever-changing technology market.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) was created more than three decades ago as a standard way to communicate data between two business ...

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Tips for Wanna-be Librarians

Few years back, a reputed librarian shared her from the exhibit halls at the ACRL ( Association of College and Research Libraries) Conference in Denver. At these time these tips seem invaluable, practiced and proved. Though changed in nature over the time. She shared- a modern perspective (for that era), highly selective, completely subjective list of what’s new and what’s cool in library technology – in quite informal fashion culled from her ...

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Social Perspectives of Martial Arts and Trainees Safety

“It pays a bad teacher if there is still a student.” (Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra, 1885) This quote refers to the possibility of making a choice, that of self-realization for those who have the tools and social environment to gain control of their emancipation. This does not mean at all that some people are excluded, but they should be aware of what holds them to grow and evolve. Think freely on what is happening around ...

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Gap Between Technical and Public Services Librarians

Technical & Public service librarians are divided by imaginary line which indicates their professional polarization in the field of library science. The two groups are often seen as being mutually exclusive, in part due to prominent characteristics regarding personality differences.

The concept of the Technical Services librarian conjures up cliched images of the public librarian from 1950s and 1960s television: bookish, quiet, somewhat quirky and not very social or outgoing, as depicted in the Ghostbusters ...

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Statement of Current Perspective and Preferred Practices for the Selection and Purchase of Electronic Information

Publishers today increasingly act globally to provide electronic information, and it is incumbent upon libraries to act globally to express their market positions on the pricing and other terms and conditions related to the purchase of that information. This document sets forth concerns about the current electronic information environment, the desired environment for the future, and the preferred practices for library consortia and their member libraries to achieve the desired outcomes. In a rapidly ...

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Project Management – A Law Librarian Survival Skill

As jacks of all trades, librarians are often called upon to manage complex projects. Project management is not a course that is typically offered in information science programs, but as a matter of survival, many of us have learned to juggle several balls in the air. Many of the techniques librarians intuitively use are clearly articulated as a formal structure with specific guidelines and regularized vocabulary.

Before planning a project, there are some preliminary underlying principles ...

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Collaboration 2.0

Some information technology managers and administrators are blocking access to social networks like Facebook or MySpace or to social tools like blogs because of fears that their staff will spend too much time updating their profiles and commenting and not enough time working. The purpose of this report is to give library managers the tools they need to encourage collaborative work both within and outside of their organizations and to make the case that social networking tools, when used efficiently ...

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Cross-cultural Issues in the 21st Century Marketing

The late 1990’s have been proved to be the beginning of the most exciting and opportunistic years in the history of marketing. Mass marketing, as we know it is “out” and customized marketing becomes more and more important as we are entering the 21st Century. It is clear that marketers in the 21st Century will need to face challenges more than ever before in terms of electronic marketing, global marketing, and cross-cultural marketing. At the same time these ...

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