USC Libraries adapt to rising e-book demand

first_imgUSC Libraries is providing more electronic resources, and changing the way it serves students in response to the rising popularity of e-books, administrators said.Bookworm · USC Libraries are expanding its collection of electronic material in response to students’ increased usage of e-books and online journals and databases. – Mindy Curtis | Daily TrojanA recent study by the Library Journal and School Library Journal said academic institutions increased the number of e-books available to users by an average of 93 percent.USC libraries said they currently have 470,000 e-books available online and will continue to increase the number available according to student demand.Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for USC Libraries, said the university’s libraries are committed to evolving in the Internet age, and will be proactive in ensuring that students continue to receive the best resources, whether online or in print.“It is not so much a change, but an evolution that is not going to stop,” McHarg said. “Not everything is available online, so the question lies in providing the best content in the best situation.”Many students access academic resources online through the USC Library Catalogue of online journals and e-books. This digital collection alters the way students utilize USC Libraries because students can access the research sources online instead of going into the library to check out books.The Library Journal study also found 43 percent of academic libraries reported an increase in the number of e-book requests.Though e-book usage is increasing, USC Libraries administration said the need for in-person attention and physical resources remains just as important to students.USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan said students should consider the benefits and drawbacks of deciding whether to use e-books or printed texts.“There are many benefits [to using e-books] such as easy access — anywhere, anytime,” Quinlan said. “However, there are drawbacks. There is not always an e-books copy of a printed book, and students have to be careful when using e-books because they may not be digitized correctly.”Many students said they use e-books as their first choice, using physical copies at USC libraries less and less for finding research resources.Mika Lee, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering, said e-books are more convenient and this changes the way students view information for class.“I try to use e-books as much as I can. I don’t want to deal with going to the library and returning books,” Lee said. “Although [e-books] may decrease the importance of physical books … [they are a] lot more convenient … and really helpful to have at USC.”Vanessa Haddad, a senior majoring in communication, said the role of libraries has changed for her generation.“The new library of this age [is the] online library. … There are less and less reasons to go inside,” Haddad said. “The USC online library also has a service where you can chat online with a librarian to help you search, which really helps.”Other students said they still prefer to search for books in the library to assure the credibility of sources first hand.Hal Wright, a sophomore majoring in economics, said physical books are easier to use for research.“I like to see the actual book in person,” Wright said. “I feel like sometimes you can get lost online with searching [because there is] so much there. When you go to a library, it has credibility and you can see if sources look like they are well put together and ask a librarian’s advice.”USC Libraries said it will continue to grow its online resources but will focus on teaching students how to adapt to the changing times.“Our job is now to teach students how to be critical consumers of information and evaluate sources critically in order to use them appropriately,” Quinlan said. Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the number of e-books available online through USC Libraries t0 be 47,000.  There are 470,000, according to Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for USC Libraries.last_img read more

Two Dead, One Injured in TX Church Shooting

first_imgTwo people are confirmed dead and another has been injured, in a shooting at a church in Fort Worth, Texas.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. at the West Freeway Church.One person was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second victim succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital.Authorities believe the shooter is dead.This is a developing story.last_img

US Coast Guard Rescues Boater Off Fort Pierce

first_imgThough found safe, 29 year-old Skiff is “beaten down and exhausted” from the overnight ordeal. A Martin County man who went fishing in a 14-foot aluminum boat Tuesday and failed to return was found alive after an all night multi-agency search.“We have a story that really could’ve ended in tragedy,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told reporters shortly before noon Wednesday at Sandspirit Park in Stuart where Justin Skiff had launched about 24 hours earlier to go fishing offshore.The US Coast Guard says a helicopter lifted the missing boater to safety on Wednesday.The Coast Guard helicopter located the man in his 14-foot skiff, which reportedly ran out of gas, about nine miles southeast of Fort Pierce, Florida.last_img

North Coast Electric to Host “Brighten Your Business” Event

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0North Coast Electric, in cooperation with Puget Sound Energy, will be hosting a “Brighten Your Business” energy efficientlighting event at Cabinets by Trivonna in Lacey on July 31, from 12 – 3 pm, and from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. Cabinets by Trivonna recently retrofitted all of their track lighting to light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. “The new LED lights are great, they’re the perfect brightness and really show off our model custom cabinets,” says Trivonna Irwin, owner ofCabinets by Trivonna.Any non-residential Puget Sound Energy customer may be eligible for “instant rebates” and other incentives for upgrading their lighting systemwith newer, more energy efficient technologies.“We are committed to helping our customers conserve energy and are pleased to promote our new LED rebates to local businesses,” said Farra Vargas,PSE’s Efficiency Outreach Manager. At the Brighten Your Business event Thurston County businesses­may:Receive free LED light bulbsReceive “instant rebates” on top quality LED light bulbsLearn about utility incentives to help pay for lighting upgradesSpeak with energy efficiency experts from PSE and North Coast ElectricSign up for a site visit and free energy audit from a lighting specialistSee some of the latest in energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs including the new LED bulbs installed at Cabinets by Trivonna building and other Thurston County businesses. About Puget Sound Energy:Washington State’s oldest local energy utility, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, rocurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit WHEN:Tuesday, July 31,2012 from 12 noon – 3, and 4:30 – 7:00.WHERE:Cabinets by Trivonna4444 Lacey Boulevard SE, Suite GLacey WA 98503About North Coast Electric:Seattle based North Coast Electric, family owned and operated since 1913, is one of the largest and fastest growing electrical distributors in the nation with 33 locations operating in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Arizona.   www.northcoastelectric.comlast_img read more

A History, A Legacy, and a Very Bright Future – Celebrating…

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dick’s Brewing Company It was over 20 years ago Dick Young started off as a humble home brewer, brewing in the back of Northwest Sausage & Deli. Since October 1994, Dick’s Brewing has grown from the flagship ale Dick Danger Ale to over 20 varieties of beer, a new brewery location and the 12 Man Pale Ale taking the Pacific Northwest by storm.Dick Young started brewing as a home brewer in 1984. When he was not busy handcrafting smoked summer sausage and pepperoni at NW Sausage & Deli he was handcrafting small batches of beer. Dick built from scratch a three barrel brew house (which we still use today as our pilot system) to start designing and creating recipes in the back of the deli. The beer was so popular among Dick’s friends that he soon found himself exceeding the annual production limit for home brewers. In 1994, after many batches brewed, and many beers drank, Dick’s Brewing Company became a reality. In 2009, Dick’s Brewing Company moved from a 2,100 square foot building to a new brewery location on Galvin Road increasing our space to 18,000 square feet to support our growing production. Dick’s creative passion for brewing grew from just three recipes in 1994 to over twenty different styles in 2014. Sadly we lost Dick in 2009 and we continue his legacy by carrying on the passion for craft beer.To celebrate our 20 years of brewing delicious beer we have created a special Twentieth Anniversary beer, Dick’s Midnight Ride. Dick’s Midnight Ride is a trip to the dark side. Our robust, NW Style CDA is bursting with Cascade and Centennial Hops, perfectly balanced with a rich dark malt profile. It is rich, dark and malty like a porter with a hop profile that rivals the best Northwest IPA’s. Dick’s Midnight Ride will be released to the public on Friday, July 18, 2014. The Brewery will be hosting a Twentieth Anniversary Party to the public at the Brewery on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 3 – 8:30 pm. Dick’s Brew Crew created Midnight Ride to celebrate our journey of 20 years.  With this special beer, we want to say “Thanks for a great ride and hold on because we have lots of miles left in the tank!”All of us here at Dick’s are proud to continue the dream that our founder started, and we are proud to have you all along for the ride. From all of us at Dick’s Brewing we say cheers and thank you!last_img read more

First Time Homebuyers Need Mortgages Simplified

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Chris Johns for On Q FinancialThere’s a saying that many of us try to live by: “Keep It Simple Stupid” (aka KISS). Not insinuating that people are stupid, but like any other kind of information that’s not familiar to us—we need to be able to sift through it to grasp the basic points. What better way to understand something than to keep it simple in the first place?This is the foundation behind On Q Financial Mortgages Simplified approach to home loans. In Part 1 of this blog series, I covered the basis for Mortgages Simplified but nowhere is the need greater for its use, perhaps, than with first-time homebuyers. Why?Chris Johns live in Olympia with his family and helps other families purchase their own home at On Q Financial. Photo courtesy: Chris Johns.Think of the home buying process like learning how to ride a bike. No matter how many times you hear how to do it from someone else, the only way you learn is by actually doing it—riding the bicycle. If you fall, you simply get back up, hop on the bike, and ride again. With homeownership, falling can be a more painful experience to your wallet, if you don’t get the right coaches to keep you on track.With the end of the year approaching (sooner than you think), and filing for those sacred tax refunds is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn how to ride the proverbial home loan bicycle so you don’t take a fall. Whatever you do between now and April 15, make homeownership a consideration.If you’re a would-be first time homebuyer, let me introduce you to the Mortgages Simplified process.  Think of it as a streamlined, straight line to the finish line. So how do you get from start to finish? Clear, consistent communication with the people who will serve as your mortgage coaches: the loan originator, loan processor, and transaction coordinator.The loan originator is usually your initial point of contact. They are licensed professionals and usually the lead in your business partnership helping you work through the entire process. They will help you with your loan options (FHA, VA, Conventional, 30- 15-year fixed, or ARM programs) and tell you how much home you qualify for, what your interest rate is, and continue to guide you through the escrow period until your loan closes. The escrow period is the timeframe established in the purchase contract. It allows home buyers the time needed to achieve full loan approval, in addition to completing property inspections, and ultimately funding their loan for the successful transfer of the property.The loan processor takes your financial, credit, rental history, and income verification information that you provide and builds your loan file so that it is ready to give to the loan underwriter.Call Chris! He can walk you through the Mortgages Simplified program making buying a home smoother and easier from the start. Photo courtesy: Chris Johns.The loan underwriter has an eye for detail and reviews the documents in your file to ensure your information meets with the specific loan guidelines. If they need more information to strengthen your file, they will ask—even up to the day of closing on your new home.Loan originators are often extremely busy as they handle both new home purchases and refinances so they often work with transaction coordinator to ensure that the clear, consistent communication I mentioned earlier is maintained.Mortgages Simplified works like a KISS (keep it simple stupid). It works even better when you, the first-time homebuyer, opt to work with a professional REALTOR®. If you don’t know of one, and you may not if you haven’t done this before, ask your loan originator for a referral.The typical escrow period on a home purchase is 30-45 days, from signing the purchase contract to owning your new home. Ask your Realtor® and Loan Originator what escrow period works best for your loan type and property.Before you get your new house keys, take note of the following steps in the purchase process:Home Inspection PeriodAppraisalDuring the escrow, you will have a home inspection period. This is the time to consider hiring a reputable home inspector (third party) who will check all the systems of the home such as the plumbing, electrical, AC/heating, roof, insulation and basic structural aspects of the home. It allows you the more detailed information you need about the home so you have a better idea of what you’re buying. If there are too many repairs needed, you can ask the seller to repair the items, or decide to cancel the contract (as long as you cancel during the inspection period).The appraisal is a report conducted by an appraiser that your lender sends to the property during the escrow period. The appraiser measures the property and verifies the lot size, square footage, and assesses the condition of the home. With these findings the appraiser uses any one of three different approaches to measure the property’s value. The appraisal is crucial to the mortgage as a lender will not provide loan funds for a property that has a value less than what the purchase contract is written for. If the property does get appraised under purchase price value, it allows the buyer the opportunity to renegotiate the purchase contract or cancel the contract.For both the home inspection and appraisal aspects of the purchase contract, consult with a Realtor® for more detailed information.The Johns Team helps home buyers in Thurston County each day make their dream home a reality. Photo courtesy: Chris Johns.Did this seem complicated? Remember, you don’t have to be the experts. Sure, do all the research you can. Become informed. But remember that bicycle I referenced in the beginning of this blog? There’s no reason for you to fall off the home purchase process. With Mortgages Simplified at On Q Financial, you have the right coaches there at your side with every turn of the wheel. We’ll guide you from start to the finish line. All it takes is a KISS.If patience isn’t your virtue, look for my next blog that highlights the benefits of a 15-year loan and how it can turn your home into a giant piggybank!For more information or to contact Chris Johns at On Q Financial, visit or call (360) 347-8000.NMLS #85440 WA LICENSE #MLO-85440On Q Financial, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender. NMLS# 5645 / Washington Lender #CL–5645. This material is provided for information and educational purposes only.  The material is deemed to be accurate and reliable at the time of being published.  This is not an offer for extension of credit or a commitment to lend. Some restrictions may apply.CJ120616068i0000002CoBG.last_img read more

High School Students Work to Clean Up Navesink Bacteria

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaFAIR HAVEN – Tyler Lubin and Noah Tucker, both 17, grew up on the Navesink River – boating, fishing, kayaking and rowing. “What makes these towns great is you have the river,” Tyler said. “The identity of Fair Haven is this river.”A few months ago, they got talking about the river’s deterioration. “We wanted to do something about it,” Noah said. So, the two young men – borough residents and juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven High School – did some online research and developed a “Save the Navesink River” plan. Their idea was to raise money and place tube-like booms around storm drains and filter out the fecal bacteria in water runoff before it enters the Navesink River and its tributaries.They went to an online fundraising site Friday, April 22, and set a goal of $6,500, and reaching the halfway point four days later. Their initial aim is to boom 100 storm drains, with 9 feet of boom per drain, upstream of Fair Haven to the Swimming River area.That would leave about $1,100 left over to pay for shipping and hidden costs, they said.Call this putting the cart before the horse, but their plan is to begin raising money before getting formal approval.Tyler said he thought the funding demonstrated that “people care.”“If we went with no funding, they” – meaning the authorities – “likely wouldn’t take it so seriously,” Noah said.The two said they will update the funding website and donors can get their money back if they do not approve. The two expect to meet with a representative of the Monmouth County Division of Planning in the upcoming days, according to both sides.Tyler Lubin, left, and Noah Tucker at a storm drain at the Navesink River in Fair Haven. The debris buildup on at the drain shows what can flow into the river.“It’s nice to see young adults are interested in the environment,” said William D. Kastning, executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation. “I like the fact these guys are kind of entrepreneurial go-getters to help the Navesink.”“The fecal coliform levels are increasing,” Tyler said. The polluting of the river with fecal bacteria, whose origins are human and animal, is caused by water runoff carrying animal droppings and waste from poorly operating septic systems into the river.How much of an impact will the storm drain booms have?“Technically, not the most effective solution,” said Hendrik F. “Rik” van Hemmen, a borough resident who is vice president of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.Yet, van Hemmen applauded Noah and Tyler’s enthusiasm. “I think it’s thrilling there’s kids willing to do this,” van Hemmen said. He added the project may have a greater impact than realized:  “The biggest impact of their work will increase the public awareness of the existence of this problem.”Kastning had similar thoughts.“It, hopefully, creates an awareness,” Kastning said. “Any little effort that creates an awareness is a good thing.”The filters are pliable composite material covered in a mesh sock, the sock clipped at each end. Then, the filter is secured in place around the grate. The filters will continue working for perhaps two years, they said.“If it’s making a noticeable difference cleaning out the river, I’d say it’s well worth it,” Tyler said. “We’re very confident our plan can work.”After they got talking, the boys researched pollution and solutions to controlling it, then found a place to buy the filters. If fecal bacteria can be cut off from flowing into the river, the river will clean itself of the bacteria already there, they said.For now, the fecal bacteria keeps creeping in.“It keeps getting replenished every time it rains,” Noah said.last_img read more

Face Coverings Now Required Indoors and Outdoors

first_imgThe article originally appeared in the July 9 – 15, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. As of Wednesday, July 8, the cumulative statewide total of COVID-19 cases reached 174,039, with 13,476 confirmed COVID-19-related deaths and 1,947 probable additional deaths that have not been lab-confirmed. The daily positive rate reached 3.23 percent by July 4, Murphy added. The decision to mandate face coverings in outdoor spaces comes as the state experiences a backslide in compliance of mask wearing and maintaining social distancing regulations, the governor said. More people are out as the weather is getting warmer and “not surprisingly,” the rate of transmission has similarly ticked up. Murphy reminded residents that face coverings are not political; it’s about life or death, sickness or health, and showing others a respect for their health as well. “This is again why we aretaking the steps to requireeveryone to wear masksand face coverings whenoutside,” he said. Part ofthe increases in the rate oftransmission were expectedas the state reopened. Butsome of it is from peoplecoming in from other stateswhere cases “have explodedand continue to explode.” Previously it was merely “a strong recommendation,” Murphy said during a press conference July 8, but now it’s a requirement. The only exceptions are for individuals who are eating or drinking at outdoor dining establishments, people whose health is endangered by the face coverings or any children under the age of 2. By Allison Perrine Before visiting a local MVC, residents are asked to visit to find the department’s online services. Many deadlines were extended at the beginning of the COVID-19 emergency and some paperwork can be taken care of online without an inperson trip, said Murphy. “I’m pleased that many of our peer states are now following our lead in pushing back the resumption of indoor dining,” said Murphy. “We have made many very difficult decisions based on the metrics and public health guidelines, and this certainly was one of the most difficult,” particularly for the restaurant community. MVCs also reopened their offices this week and were very busy due to the backlog caused by the shut down months ago. Murphy compared the wait times to the “tsunami” of residents at the beginning of the pandemic seeking unemployment benefits and insurance. “The lines we saw yesterday were not to be unexpected. After a three-month layoff, we knew that countless New Jerseyans needed to get their new licenses, to register new vehicles or renew their paperwork.” That’s why any MVC employees who were furloughed during the pandemic can now resume their work. Additionally, MVC offices will be open six days a week, Mondays through Saturdays, throughout July. At the same time, the governor has agreed to loosen restrictions on outdoor dining and motor vehicle commissions (MVC). After consulting with officials from the state Department of Health, Murphy is now permitting restaurants with at least two open sides to be considered outdoor and to reopen for in-person service. To qualify, the restaurant must have at least 50 percent of its wall space able to be opened. “This is absolutely vital when individuals find themselves in a crowded situation such as when walking down a packed boardwalk or in a line that is not properly spaced apart,” said Murphy. “I am proud that we were the first state to require face coverings in indoor businesses as we gradually reopen them,” he added. “Given what we know about the behavior of this virus indoors that was the right call from the get-go and it has saved lives.” NEW JERSEY – Get used to wearing face coverings. On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy mandated that New Jerseyans wear masks both indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not practicable. last_img read more

Parker shatters record en route to gold at Grand Forks meet

first_imgNeptune’s Devyn Parker glided to a new record en route to capturing the gold medal at the Grand Forks Piranhas Swim Meet Saturday in the Boundary City.Parker earned the mark in the 100-meter backstroke event at the second meet of the Kootenay Summer Swim Association season. The victory powered the division five swimmer to the gold medal in the aggregate race with 36 points.With only 11 swimmers entered in the B-meet, Nelson Neptunes were no match in the team standings, finishing fifth overall.“Grand Forks is a “B” meet which means if you have an A level time in an event you cannot compete,” said Nelson coach Michelle Lorusso.“We only had 11 swimmers at this meet, with five scratches that day.  All of them again swam awesome and (finished with) best times.”Host Grand Forks won the event with 482 points, more than 100 ahead of Colville Sharks from Washington State.Castlegar finished third with Trail Stingrays fourth. Creston Waves took sixth spot.Nelson’s Matthew Holitzki claimed the silver medal in division two boys while Nava Sachs took second spot in division three girls.The Neptunes are back in the water this weekend when the club travels to Trail to compete in the Stingrays Meet Saturday and [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgA woman has been given a one month suspended jail sentence after being caught driving without insurance for the FIFTH time.Letterkenny Court.Martina Sweeney, 36, appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny instruct Court in Co Donegal yesterday charged with a series of motoring offences. Ms Sweeney, of 26 Glencar Park, was stopped by Gardai at Dromore, Letterkenny on May 28th, 2014.Judge Paul Kelly warned Ms Sweeney that she could be off the road for a long time as she would find it very difficult to get an insurance company to insure her.He jailed Ms Sweeney for one month but suspended the sentence for 12 months and also disqualified her from driving for four years.“What this means is that if you are caught driving within the next year you will go to jail for one month,” Judge Kelly told Ms Sweeney.He took the other charges into consideration.And he warned Ms Sweeney that she was lucky as some of his colleagues may have took a more serious view of her actions.WOMAN GETS SUSPENDED JAIL SENTENCE FOR FIFTH NO INSURANCE CHARGE was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more