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Portland Public Library’s mission is to serve the Greater Portland Community by providing a diverse collection of books and other resources, with access to information resources worldwide. The library’s services support the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all community members.


VIDA Count

posted: , by Jim Charette
tags: Adults

“In 2014, celebrate Women’s History Month all year with your favorite women writers—or with women writers you have yet to discover! This March we’ve taken a look at the VIDA Count, which collects yearly statistics around how many women have been published in literary forums like “The New Yorker,” “The London Review of Books,” “The Atlantic,” or “Harper’s.” The results have often been staggering. Even outside the VIDA Count, it’s easy to note other differences in numbers. As of March 2014, Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded to 97 male writers. Nobel Prizes in Literature awarded to female writers? 13. Why does this disparity occur? Why does it matter? With the facts in mind, what could our response be?

If you’re interested, join the conversation around 2014, “The Year of Reading Women.” Start with the stats behind the VIDA Count, or with Joanna Walsh’s article describing the hopes behind her Twitter hashtag #readwomen2014.  Put a hold on the brilliant and popular “Americanah,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which just won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award. Look for new ways to contemplate classic authors—discover “The Gorgeous Nothings,” a stark and beautiful book that offers up a collection of Emily Dickinson’s poetry-scrawled envelopes. Read transgender author Jennifer Finney Boylan’s “Stuck in the middle with you: a memoir of parenting in three genders.”  And…if you’re still looking for inspiration to get your reading started, don’t forget to check out PPL’s City of Readers lists of Contemporary Authors (Who Just Happen to be Women…) here and here.

Or find your own way, and send us your thoughts! We hope you’re looking forward to all of PPL’s new materials in 2014, and we’d love to hear from you.”

By Elizabeth Hartsig


Ancestry.com Learning Center guides and tutorials

posted: , by Gabrielle Daniello
tags: Adults | Genealogy

From census records and city directories to passenger lists and military records, Ancestry.com contains an abundance of information. Sometimes, though, that abundance can be overwhelming. The Ancestry.com Learning Center can help. Five-minute YouTube video tutorials offer help on topics such as using agricultural schedules to better understand ancestors who were farmers and finding clues in cemetery inscriptions. Free Research Guides provide guidance on conducting African American family research and offer tips on how to make sense of all the information contained in census records. There are dozens of these videos and guides available for you to peruse – one of them just might have the answer to a question that has been hounding you!

Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com


Introducing Optimal Resume!

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Teens | Seniors | Business | Careers & Jobs
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PPL cardholders now have access to Optimal Resume -  an online resource to help job seekers create, present, and manage resumes and cover letters.

Optimal Resume can help job seekers create a variety of different resumes. It is easy to use with many convenient  features.  Resumes are automatically generated in several formats, including Rich Text, Plain Text, PDF, and HTML, and users can edit or delete resumes at any time. Each user can create and manage an unlimited number of resumes in their account, and the software includes spell checking, action words, and format assistance – all on a 24/7 basis.

Stay tuned as we will be hosting training sessions here at PPL soon! In the meantime follow these links to helpful tutorials on using Optimal Resume to build your resume, styling your resume, building a cover letter, or  exploring your skills.

Log onto Optimal Resume to take that next career step or visit PPL’s Careers & Jobs page for more career resources and information.

 

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