GALILEO Planet News
Posted May 21, 2010
Recent GALILEO Activities: May 20, 2010
The University of West Georgia recently held its second annual vendor fair on Tuesday, May 11th. GALILEO staff members Courtney McGough and Deborah Shackelford attended to answer questions and share resources with attendees.
The directors of Georgia public libraries met in Warner Robbins, GA on Thursday, May 13th. Merryll Penson, Executive Director of Library Services, and GALILEO staff member Courtney McGough attended to provide an update of GALILEO activities as well as a demonstration of the Great Things to Know About GALILEO staff development program for public library staff.
Posted May 20, 2010
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
As we near the end of National Transportation Week, we thought it may be interesting to explore what GALILEO offers on transportation. (Note: Some links may not work off site. Click the database name for access.)
Encyclopaedia Britannica includes articles, images, videos, and more on transportation; the many forms of it, such as automobiles, boats, ships, airplanes, balloons, and bicycles; and the infrastructure which supports it, such as roads, bridges, waterways, harbors, lighthouses, and tunnels.
Image from Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive
Posted May 19, 2010
GALILEO Tutorials and Recording Audio Tips
The GALILEO staff has been producing Video Tutorials on using the GALILEO interface and its resources. In producing these videos, they have found that the following tips have been helpful in recording audio for these videos:
- Listen to the room before you start recording.
- How loud is the air conditioning or any other sounds in or out of the room? Compare the audio level of the narrator versus the recording environment.
- Try to find a room with minimal environment noise.
- If ideal conditions are not available, make sure the narrator being recorded speaks loud enough so you do not have to increase the recording level, which will pick up more of the unwanted environment noise.
- Always record a quick test to judge these variables before you proceed.
- Where is the microphone positioned in reference to the narrator? The narrator should be about 4 inches from the microphone.
- Avoid plosives by changing the angle of the narrator in reference to the microphone or use a Pop Filter.
- Is the microphone on a table that is amplifying the hum of the computer? A piece of foam or something absorbent can be placed under the microphone to absorb some of the vibrations.
For more information on recoding audio, check out the following articles and journals in GALILEO:
Producing Pro Podcasts (in Academic Search Complete, Electronic Musician; Dec2007, Vol. 23 Issue 13, p30-39, 7p)
Mix (Full-Text offered in Advanced Placement Source)
Electronic Musician (Full-Text offered in Academic Search Complete)
Posted May 18, 2010
Mental Health Resources
May is Mental Health Month.
For those seeking research on mental health topics, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection offers scholarly research articles in many areas of psychiatry and psychology, including emotional and behavioral characteristics, mental processes, and observational and experimental methods.
Consumer Health Complete provides fact sheets, evidence-based reports, drug and herb information, medical encyclopedias, images, videos, and more for those interested in understanding different aspects of mental health.
Find additional resources in the Psychology subject area of GALILEO.
For those who have access to SIRS Issues Researcher, students can find pro/con discussions of many mental health issues.
Image from Encyclopaedia Britannica
Posted May 13, 2010
Get Caught Reading!
If you or someone you know needs help finding a book so you can get caught reading this month - or any month, check out NoveList or NoveList K-8 for book recommendations, author read-alikes, and award-winning book lists.