AccessScience

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AccessScience provides an outstanding collection of science reference materials available online from your home computer! It offers easy access to full text articles from the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks, and the latest Science News ® headlines. There are thousands of biographies, illustrations, videos, tutorials, and even podcasts. 

This online encyclopedia is tailored to both students and researchers looking for the most relevant, readable, and trusted sources of science information available. Use AccessScience for all your science information needs!

Some examples of what you can find on AccessScience include:

  • A biography of Albert Einstein
  • An image gallery of a young supernova, also available as a PowerPoint presentation
  • Current science news with titles such as “Vitamin D: Some people need much more” and “Sister Planet: Mission to Venus reveals watery past
  • An article in the study center that answers the question “How does flouride affect teeth?”

To get to AccessScience from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library homepage (www.ebr.lib.la.us)

  1. Choose Online Databases from the left sidebar on the homepage. If you are home or outside of the library, you will need to enter your library card number.
  2. From the Database Page, choose AccessScience near the top of the left hand column.

Searching Consumer Reports in EBSCO

To get the most out of your gift-giving dollar, you want to find products that have desirable features and are built to last. Everybody knows that Consumer Reports provides some of the best information on consumer products, often testing dozens of similar products and comparing them against each other for quality, durability and value. Although the library carries print copies of Consumer Reports, the quickest way to find information is online. Unfortunately, many features of the Consumer Reports website is only available for a fee. Luckily, the library has access to electronic versions of the print magazine through its subscription with EBSCO databases.

1. Click on Online Databases on the left sidebar of the library’s homepage (http://www.ebr.lib.la.us/).

2. Enter your library card number if you are outside of the library. Just click Enter if you are inside of the library.

3. On the right hand side of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Database Page, under Statewide Databases, click on EBSCO.

4. Choose EBSCOhost Web.

5. Choose MasterFILE Premier.

6. In the Publication box, enter “Consumer Reports”. Make sure you spell it correctly!

7. In the Find box, enter the type of product you are searching for, such as “digital cameras”.

8. Browse the articles that appear. You may print out the full text articles that are available, including those handy charts that Consumer Reports makes. Fold it up, put it in your pocket and head out to the store!

The full-text Consumer Reports articles are in pdf format, appearing as they would in the print magazine. Note that there is a restriction, in that Consumer Reports articles will not be available in full text until they are three months old. In this case, if you need an article that is newer than three months, you will have access to the citation, and thus will be able to easily find the article in the print version, which is available at the library.

43 Things

Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions with 43 Things. 43 Things is a social networking site where you compile a list of goals that you would like to accomplish and share them with others.

Goals can range from the typical, such as lose 15 pounds or quit smoking, to more creative and esoteric goals such as teach myself to write backwards with my left hand to read all the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett.

Participants can read what others are trying to accomplish. It’s a lot of fun to see what others are trying to do. You can cheer others and get ideas from others who have been successful. Perhaps you will find a goal that hadn’t occurred to you.

Probably the best thing first of all would be to pay off my fines and re-join the library.

Give the Gift of Overdrive

mp3playerNot sure whether to buy a Creative Zen mp3 player or a Microsoft Zune? Before you buy an mp3 player for yourself or as a gift this holiday season, consult the list of Overdrive-compatible devices. Having an Overdrive compatible devices allows you to access the hundreds of emedia titles available for free at the East Baton Rouge Parish eMedia website.

The list of compatible devices also has quicklinks to a Google product search page, so you can quickly compare prices. It also makes a great list for gift ideas.

Whether you are looking for an mp3 player, a smartphone, or a pocket PC, double-check to see if it is compatible with Overdrive.

Business Person of the Month: Inga Kim

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Owner, Inga’s Subs and Sandwiches

254 West Chimes Street
Baton Rouge, LA
(225) 344-4861

ingasubs.com

“Customers come first, no matter how big or small.”

Inga Kim owns and operates Inga’s Subs and Salads.  Conveniently located on the edge of the LSU campus at 254 West Chimes Street, the shop caters mostly to students and has been voted Best Sandwich by the Student Media Association. “Campus advertising is by word of mouth,” she says.  Now that some of the campus is closed to automobiles during the day as part of LSU’s push to become a pedestrian friendly campus, Kim reports she is getting more professors since they have to walk to lunch.  Inga’s features sandwich trays for parties, events and tailgating and takeout orders by phone or fax.  She stresses quality control; everything is always fresh in the restaurant.  One of their specialties is warm potato salad, which is not available all day since it only keeps for four hours. 

When she was in her early twenties, Kim, her parents and two brothers came to this country from South Korea.  “My father worked in the housing department for the US Army and from that experience he decided to have our family immigrate for the business and financial opportunities in this country and for his children’s future.”  With her aunt sponsoring them, the family settled first in Boston and found it not too different from Seoul, a big city with a similar climate.  But living expenses were too high there.  Her father had friends in Louisiana who encouraged them to move south. They also tried Houston, before eventually settling in Baton Rouge.

When asked how she felt about uprooting herself and leaving all her friends in Korea, Kim says, “I didn’t have a choice. My father said go and I went.”  Her sister was already in the U.S.  Her mother, who was born in North Korea and educated in Japan through college, had never considered South Korea her home.  Kim and her father eventually became U. S. citizens, but her mother never did.  Though she had taken six years of English in school, Kim was very shy back then, but she met people at her work places and found most Americans friendly and welcoming. She has taken business and accounting courses to support her business/career.  “I attended LSU for three semesters but never finished.” 

Kim got her start in sandwich shops when her father opened a Blimpie’s sandwich shop in 1984.  “The family needed an income and the restaurant business was the easiest to get into.”  She says they never considered starting a Korean restaurant (there are still none in town.)  “The Blimpie Franchise was a business opportunity and we took it.” In 1994 when the company changed the rules for the restaurant chain, her father retired and moved to Seattle.  “Inga’s came about when Blimpies’s tried to expand in BR. They wanted us to change the menu, and I knew my customers wouldn’t put up with that.” The old Blimpie’s was torn down, and when the new building was finished, it opened as Inga’s. The location has changed three times since its inception, but has always been near the LSU campus. 

One of Kim’s chief goals is to keep the prices affordable for students, her main clientele.  She tries to do cost cutting research, checking other shops’ prices, but this can be difficult and time consuming. “Corporate and Franchise restaurants can control prices since they buy in bulk, which makes it hard for small businesses to compete.”   The business is doing well enough that a second location at 1750 Brightside Lane is now open.  Inga’s is open from 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday, but she is really on call for the shop 24/7.  “It’s the nature of the business,” Kim says.  She employs fifteen people.  “We do have some good managers now, but I still work lunch at the Chimes Street location.”

Kim sees herself as an away-from-home mom to the students who frequent her shop as well as those she employs.  In her 24 years in business she has interacted with a lot of students.  One of her responsibilities in managing the shop is teaching the students who work for her a basic work ethic–they are expected to come to work on time and do the best they can. She tells them to make sure the customers get the service they deserve.  She likes mentoring the students. 

Her two sons, one a recent graduate from LSU and the other a sophomore there, have worked in the shop as they’ve grown up. “It was manageable to do the shop as a working mother; my mother was their babysitter when they were little.”  Her oldest son graduated in political science and is now a soccer coach for BR Soccer Association and the Baton Rouge Capitals, our minor league soccer team. The youngest is in mechanical engineering. “And yes, they still help out when I need them or when they need extra money.”

Kim would like to see the new governor take Baton Rouge and Louisiana to the next level educationally, both at the college level and in vocational training   “People need jobs and training particularly in basic job skills and work ethics.”   She would like to see libraries used as they should be. “Too many of the students I meet think they have to buy books instead of using the library, which is a free service for the public.” Currently learning to knit, Kim is interested in the many knitting books the library has in its collection. 

She likes Baton Rouge, particularly the weather, and has thought about retiring here.  But she misses the mountains.  “There are mountains in Korea and public transportation to take you there.”  Kim’s favorite place to vacation is Oregon.  She and her husband (he came into the shop for a sandwich and ended up with a wife) enjoy backpacking in the mountains there.

Besides her work and family responsibilities, Kim has worked with the CASA program for the last three years and is an active member of the Northgate Merchants Association, which she helped form with other retailers there.  The North Gate area of LSU, also known as Tigertown, is the historic shopping and entertainment district right off campus, popular with generations of LSU students, faculty, staff, and fans, according to the association’s website-http://northgatesoflsu.com.

“The North Gate Merchants Association is committed to improving the business, residential, and social climate of the North Gates area of LSU. Our goal is to enhance the aesthetic qualities and the accessibility of the neighborhood, while preserving its diverse and historic character. We also strive to strengthen all links to LSU and nearby communities, in order to better attract university students, faculty, and staff, as well as others throughout Baton Rouge who enjoy spending time on or near the LSU campus.”

Inga Kim’s story is a uniquely American one.  No longer that shy young immigrant, Kim has grown into a confident businesswoman.  She considers herself a people person –“I like people and they seem to like me.”  The success of Inga’s Subs & Salads is rooted in her strong work ethic, her entrepreneurial spirit and her credo of excellence in customer service. A true American success story, she’s made at good living at a job she loves, sent her kids through college and impacted the lives of many young people through her business and her volunteer work with CASA. 

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Holiday Food Safety

Holiday Food Safety

Its December 1st, your boss has given you the task of organizing the food for the office party; here are some helpful links on the subject of food safety during the holidays.

The United States Department of Agriculture has several food safety fact sheets available on the Internet. Topics include cooking for groups, turkey basics, and safe handling of take out foods.

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services list of Holiday Food Safety Tips has helpful guidelines on avoiding those holiday foodborne illnesses.

Business Person of the Month: Chris DeJohn

Chris DeJohn

Owner, Be Bop Music Shop

560 Government St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 343-7433
bebopmusicshop@hotmail.com

 
Chris DeJohn

“If you took that lick and sped it up, you would have two licks.”
    — Tabby Thomas

“Be ready to fold those kings if an ace hits the table”
    — Unknown

BeBop Music Shop is dedicated to serving all musicians in the Baton Rouge area, from the beginner to the professional. The store specializes in new and used drumsets, hand percussion, and cymbals plus all the parts and accessories (sticks, heads, hardware, etc…) as well as a great selection of new and used electric and acoustic guitars, basses, amps, cables, strings, cases, and accessories. They offer bass and guitar lessons and can refer the budding musician for lessons on other instruments.

Professional drummer Chris DeJohn has been the owner since 2001 when he bought BeBop from the previous owners, Mike Armshaw and Doug Johnson, who had opened the shop in 1981. When they decided to close the store, DeJohn took out a loan and bought the store where he had been working as a sales assistant since 1997. Long a hang-out for a lot of local musicians, BeBop is “the hippest drum/guitar combo shop in Baton Rouge. We carry local CDs, have a bulletin board for networking musicians, and let them post flyers for upcoming gigs.”

DeJohn says he’s been around music most of his life. His uncle, who lived across the street when he was growing up, had a set of drums which he would go over and play. He seemed to have a knack for drumming, so his parents bought him his first set of drums when he was ten. Though he took private lessons from Joey Ferris throughout his years at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, he never played in the school band (“didn’t want to march.”)

He categorizes his family as “reluctantly-supportive. I don’t think they really thought I’d pursue it as a career.” DeJohn attended LSU for one year before dropping out to go on the road with the band Hoppergrass, which later was renamed Juice and became the house band at Tipitina’s. He can understand his parents’ trepidation, because it’s very hard to make a living playing music, especially just starting out. He had to keep some sort of day job to supplement his income. He worked in various kitchens like The Chimes and George’s before he came to work for BeBop. Working in a music store was ideal and owning one was even better.

Chris DeJohn bills himself as a Drummer/Percussionist specializing in Second Line, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Rock, Soul, Country, Rockabilly, Surf, Western Swing, & Blues. He likes to play congas and other “hand drums” and can play a little bit of guitar and bass. “I feel like these other instruments really improve my facility on the drumset and my ear.” As for drummers who may have influenced him, he cites the greats like Buddy Rich, Max Roach, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, and Neal Peart of Rush as musicians he enjoys hearing. He does confess that he sometimes finds long drum-solos really boring.

Working in music over the past decade, DeJohn has amassed a number of credits. He has performed and/or recorded with–George Porter Jr., Bill Summers, Eric Lindell, James Johnson, Kenny Neal, Rudy Richard, Eric Baskin, Michael Foster, New Orleans Juice, Kerry Rhys, Donald Evans, Andy Pizzo, Ricky Castrillo, Ned Fasullo, Nuevo Hippie Cover Band, The Bromaines, The King James Band, Chicago Al & The Backburners, Billy Kimbrell, Lance Chauvin, The Souls of Blues Revival, All That, Mary’s X, and Simba’s Children. He’s also made television appearances on City Confidential with Righteous Buddha and Louisiana Jukebox with Mary’s X. He’s currently drummer for the bands Righteous Buddha, The Roebucks out of Lafayette and The Black Sound Parade.

When not making music, DeJohn is an avid mountain biker. He likes to ride the Hooper Road and Comite River trails and has traveled to the western part of North Carolina where they have a plethora of bike trails for various levels of expertise. He also enjoys playing poker. “I love Hold ’em but I also enjoy Omaha and Seven Card Stud; mostly cash-games, but I don’t mind the occasional tournament.” With the travel and night life involved in the music world, DeJohn doesn’t have much time to spend in the library. He enjoys a good spy novel, but the last three books he read were trail guides for mountain biking.

DeJohn would like to see Baton Rouge downtown up and thriving with a great night life like Austin, Texas. “I don’t really know why BR isn’t more supportive of live music. When I go to places like Austin; Boulder, Colorado; Athens, Georgia; or Asheville, North Carolina, I notice people out enjoying local, original artists as opposed to here where it seems like everyone (except for a small handful) wants to hear cover bands playing songs they already know.”

Thirty one years old and married for two years now, DeJohn met his wife, who’s a lawyer, in high-school but they didn’t really start dating until college. “Cat is very supportive of my music as long as I’m pulling my weight. I wouldn’t do it for nothing; it really is a job.” They have a diverse group of friends with his “music friends” and her “lawyer friends,” but some are mutual (the leader of one of the bands for which he drums is a local judge.) Poker buddies and mountain bike buddies round out his circle of friends.

The poker quote from the beginning of this profile could be called his personal philosophy. DeJohn is adventurous, daring and willing to take chances, but wants to keep a clear head and know when to cut his losses. Poker metaphors make sense with his life as a professional musician, a career which requires risk-taking and often benefits from a little luck. He’ll be closing BeBop at the end of November, because he’ll be on the road with the Eric Lindell band for all of 2008, touring in support of the album, Change in the Weather on Alligator Records, coming out on January 11th. “Finally playing music is going to be my full-time job. I feel like my career is really moving forward since I got the Eric Lindell gig. No more 9 to 5.” The New Orleans Times Picayune has characterized the band’s music as “stellar, sublime blue-eyed soul and romping New Orleans R&B, played at the same intersection of soul, blues and roots rock as Van Morrison.”

He’s been running the shop alone lately. Though there are quite a number of music shops in town, the competition wasn’t bad until the big box store Guitar Center moved into the market. “How does one compete with such buying power?” He compares it to the effect new Wal-Marts have on local hardware stores. DeJohn is to be commended for keeping alive the BeBop Music Shop, a local tradition which lasted over twenty-five years.

Chris DeJohn “I’m really going to miss this place.” With his drumming career on the upswing, he plans to “form a new LLC (as of yet to be announced) and will be working under that title.” Music is Chris DeJohn’s business whether it’s under the BeBop name or another.

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Finding Louisiana Election Results

You can find the results for Louisiana elections on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.

First, go to the Secretary of State’s homepage at www.sos.louisiana.gov. In the left sidebar, click on the plus sign (+) next to Elections. This expands the menu. Then select Election Results. Near the top of the page is a link to the Elections Database. Click on CLICK HERE, in the sentence CLICK HERE TO SEARCH THE ELECTIONS DATABASE.

From this page, you can search either State-Wide and U.S. Races, Multi-Parish races, Amendments and Multi-Parish Propositions, or All Races in a Parish. Select a group of races to search, and then select the date from the drop down menu. If you need an older election (pre-2005), choose the Archived Elections link. Then click on the Get Results button to retrieve the results.

Thompson / Gale Small Business Resource Center

What’s new at your library on the subject of small business…?

New to the electronic database collection is the Small Business Resource Center. Gale’s Small Business Resource Center is a one-stop source for info on starting and/or growing your business.

Highlights include

  • Business Plans Handbook Series, with over 300 actual business plans. .
  • A “How To…” section including topics on,
    Writing a business plan
    Financing your business
    Marketing and growing your business
    Buying and selling a business
  • Access to 200 business journals

Using Small Business Resource Center is easy; for example, you have an idea to open a music store. From the site’s opening page, you can select Business Type, find music stores, click on that subject and see business plans, and full text articles about opening a music business.

Small Business Resource Center is located on the library’s Online Databases page under the Gale Group collection.

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal for aspiring writers is to write a 50,000 word novel (about 175 pages) starting no earlier than November 1 and finishing before November 31.

By signing up at the National Novel Writing Month website (also known as NaNoWriMo), you can create a profile and access the participant forums, where you can finds tips, hints and helpful encouragement. You can post excerpts of your novel for others to read. When you are ready, you can submit your novel for an official word count, which is “read” by a computer. If you succeed, you get a certificate and the satisfaction in having finished a novel.

According to NaNoWriMo, the key to success is to worry less about the quality and more about quantity. The brute force method must work, because every year more and more people finish as “winners”.

Learn more:

National Novel Writing Month FAQ

Wikipedia: National Novel Writing Month