The Faces of Science

The Faces of Science profiles African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The profiles are organized by name and by profession, from biochemist to zoologist. This is also a great place to find biographical information about African American inventors.

The indices also highlight women scientists as well as those African Americans who were the first to receive a PhD in their respective fields.

Life Hacks

The old saw is that technology is going to make our work easier, our tasks quicker, and our lives more productive. But oftentimes it feels like we are getting caught in a relentless crunch of innovation.  Between checking our email, our voice mail and text messages on our computers, laptops, PDAs and phones it’s easy to wonder if we are indeed becoming more productive.

Enter the life hack. A life hack is a tip or trick that cuts through the techno-clutter, simplifying the tasks that seem to be complicating your life. Often, these hacks are technological in nature such as a useful web appplication, but surprisingly, some have a anti-technological flavor to them, such as the hipster PDA (a deck of index cards held together with a binder clip).

Here are three great sources for interesting life hacks. 

Lifehacker: “Tech tricks, tips and downloads for getting things done”.

43Folders: The weblog of tips and tricks from the originator of the term “lifehack”. “Daily digest and pointers on productivity, getting things done and lifehacks.”

All three websites are now buzzing with talk of New Year’s resolutions.

Finding Test Preparation E-books on Learning Express

Test preparation books are among the most popular items in the library collection. From ACT and ACT tests, to GRE and PRAXIS exams, it seems at one point or another, everybody needs to prepare for an important standardized test. With so much demand, it’s not surprising that the one you’re looking for may be checked out. Luckily, library patrons have access to full-text test preparation E-books through the Learning Express database.

A sampling of titles include:

Acedemic: Acing the GED Exams, Acing the GRE, ACT Exam Success, Praxis I, TOEFL Essentials

Civil Service: Federal Clerical Exam, Police Officer Exam, Postal Worker Exam

Military: ASVAB Success

Titles in Spanish: Pase el Examen de Ciudadania Americana, Reading Comprehension with Spanish Instructions

Workplace and Career Skills: Cosmetology Licensing Exam, Great Resume, Job Interviews that Get You Hired

Along with many more titles!

To browse a complete list of the titles:

  1. From the East Baton Rouge Parish Library homepage ( go to Online Databases, which is in the left sidebar. If you are outside of the library, you will need to provide your library card number.
  2. From the Database page go to Learning Express.
  3. From the list of Featured Resources, find E-BOOKS and click on it.
  4. You can search the titles by keyword, or browse the list by title. You will need the free Adobe Reader in order to read or print the books.

Tax Strategy Booklist

It’s a good time to plan business tax strategies for the new year. Here is a list of recent titles in the library’s collection on the subject of small business taxation.
422 Tax Deductions For Business & Self Employed Individuals /
Bell Springs Pub., c2003.
Deduct it! : Lower Your Small Business Taxes, 2nd Edition
NOLO Press, c2005.
Tax Accounting For Small Business: How To Prepare A 1040C
Small Business Advisors, Inc., c1996.
Tax Savvy For Small Business: Year-Round Tax Advice For Small Businesses, 10th Edition
NOLO Press, c2006.
Tax Smarts For Small Business
Sphinx Pub., c2004.

Titles listed above are linked to the Library’s online catalog so you can see title locations and status. Once you’re in the catalog, click on the picture of the book cover for a synopsis and other information.


Scrennshot of AccessScience homepage  

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 (

  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 (

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

“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-

“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. 

Business Person of the Month Archive

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.