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MARCH 26, 2009
Managing Money Online
Find other posts in the series in the Employment and Finance categories.

Continuing our series of posts on resources that can help you in tough economic times, we focus now on money management.  All of us can do better about how we spend money and a big part of that is being aware of how you spend money.  Below are tools and tips for managing your money.

Tools

Tips

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Category: Finance

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MARCH 18, 2009
SXSW 2009

South by Southwest is a huge media industry event with Music, Film, and Interactive (technology) festivals in Austin, TX.  The Interactive Festival celebrates the latest media/information technology.  PC Magazine covered that part of the festival.  The Film Festival, which has been going on since last Friday, and the Music Festival, which starts today, allow film makers and music artists to showcase their work.  The New York Times Arts Beat blog is covering these events. 

For a taste of this trend setting event check out the SXSW Music Player and Film Trailer Player.  Other ways to hear the music from SXSW include Last.fm's SXSW Event Radio and NPR Music's coverage.  Also, the Film Awards have been announced and they are nicely summarized on the Allmovie blog.

For more SXSW headlines, see below. 

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Categories: FilmMusic

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MARCH 17, 2009
New Reference Books (March 2009)

The most recent Dayton Business Journal Book of Lists has arrived in the Reference Collection this month along with other works in the usual categories of Law (New Oxford Companion to Law) and Health/Medicine (American Heritage Medical Dictionary, Campbell's Psychiatric Dictionary, Diabetes Carbohydrate and Calorie Counter).

For students and others interested in the topic, we have added the Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America, which is a finely illustrated work.

If you are an artist, you may be interested in The Artist-Gallery Partnership : a Practical Guide to Consigning Art.

And collector of ball cards may want to check out the recent Baseball Card Price Guide. 

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Category: Reference Books

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MARCH 11, 2009
Save Money @ Wright Library

Lately we have been trying to highlight online resources that may be useful to those being affected by the downturn in the economy.  (Check out the Employment and Finance categories.)  Beyond what this blog can do, libraries offer their communities access to computers and the Internet, financial literacy skills, job-hunting information, and resources to help small businesses.

In recognition of the role public libraries play as Americans face tough economic times, the American Library Association and Woman's Day magazine have announced a new initiative.  From now until May 18, Woman's Day magazine is collecting stories on how libraries have aided their users in saving money, finding jobs and providing necessary resources to weather the current economy. Women 18 and over can submit their stories in 700 words or less to womansday@ala.org.  Up to four submissions will be featured in the March 2010 issue of Woman’s Day.  View the Official Rules. 

The partnership between the ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries and Woman's Day dates from 2002.  Essays on how libraries make people healthier were published in the March 2009 issue of Woman's Day.  Read them.

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Category: Libraries

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MARCH 11, 2009
World Book Online

One of the best known encyclopedias, World Book, is available online. This tremendous resource is perfect for students of all ages. It includes more than 26,000 articles as well as more than 12,000 pictures and maps, and 7,000 links to editor-approved Web sites useful in helping students constructively explore topics further. The World Book Online Reference Center is continuously updated to incorporate new and important developments relevant to students and their families.

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Category: Featured Resource

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MARCH 9, 2009
Tax Season

It's that time of year again when we have to worry about paying the taxman.  Tax forms are available at the Library, plus our Income Tax post has been updated so you can find what you need online.  Please contact the Reference Department for additional resources and information on local tax assistance programs.

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Category: Taxes

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MARCH 2, 2009
Ohio Means Jobs

We have done previous posts on job hunting resources (here and here) but, we would like to bring your attention to another:  Ohio Means Jobs.  Aimed at bringing Ohio employers and job seekers together, this service also aggregates national job boards, which lets you search numerous boards at once.  In addition, the site allows you to create and post your resume.  Below is a slide presentation that offers instructions on how to use the Ohio Means Jobs site. 

The Library also makes available the tools from  Learning ExpressLibrary which can help develop a variety of job seeking skills.  You will find these tools under the Job Search and Workplace Skills heading.  They cover the writing of resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and general career and job skills.  To access this resource, you may be asked for your library card number or zip code.

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Category: Employment

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