Dissecting an Animal–Without the Animal

It seems dissecting various animals is a rite of passage for public school kids going through science class. Some don’t mind at all–it is a nice diversion from sitting in class listening to a lecture. There are issues though, ranging from those who don’t want an animal killed for science to those who simply don’t have access to the actual animal.

That’s where the Science Bank comes in. They have a page that links to several other sites where one may see a virtual dissection of many different types of animals, from the typical, like pigs or rats, to the unusual, such as a starfish, grasshopper or even a cow eyeball or a sheep brain.


One has to be careful, because some sites charge a fee, but to avoid this, just don’t click on a link with an asterisk.

Here is one free site for earthworm dissection that has many features:


Here is another free site for grasshoppers that allows you to choose which systems are visible or not, and whether or not the systems are labeled.


This site is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the biology of several different types of animals.


The Deaf Resource Library

The Deaf Resource Library is described by the author as “…a virtual library — an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics.”


The site is a labor of love by Karen Nakamura who is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies at Yale University, so it is not a slick, professional site, but don’t be fooled–there is much information to mine on this site.


There are many links she provides for national organizations:


Resources for families:


Links to deaf business resources:


Essentially, she has made her blog a great landing site for many different resources for the deaf community and allies/family.

Another Option for Product Evaluations

We frequently assist patrons with access to our Consumer Reports issues at the PSD for questions concerning various products and services. Tom’s Guide is another option for similar reviews for tech products in particular.

On the homepage you can get a list of reviewed products in this manner:


…or you may use the “Product Reviews” dropdown to get this fuller view:


From that view you can see Tom’s also offers links to Tech deals,


a Forum in which users may post questions and have them answered, either by Tom’s experts or other Forum users.


In my opinion the feature that may be of most use for our patrons is the “How To” section:


As you can see, there are many topics relevant to using apps, devices, programs and more:


There is also a section where one may download software and other items:


Tom’s Guide is a good resource for our patrons seeking various types of information on tech products, from buying, to learning how to use them and even having specific questions answered about them.

Voter Registration

I’m not entirely sure this belongs in our department, but we’ve had questions about it, so I thought it would be a helpful topic for us to know. I was informed last week by Verjeana in History that any PSD is tasked with accepting voter registration forms from patrons at their request. If and when this happens we are to put them in a routing envelope marked VOTER REGISTRATION and send them to the mail room.

I looked at the Shelby County Election Commission site (shelbyvote.com) and found an information page with a link to online registration, a downloadable paper form to mail, along with the mailing address, and directions for hand delivering the form for those who so desire. Simply follow this link: Register to Vote.

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Free, Detailed, Voluminous Career Advice

As you know, dear reader, we have many patrons in our department who find themselves in the midst of a job search. Today’s subject is perfect for such an individual; a blog called The Muse. This blog is full of career advice of many different types, from getting the job, to getting the job you want, to actual job listings. They also link to career and leadership coaching and information about various industries and companies. It really is a full-service career site. Users may simply browse the site at their leisure, or they may register for an account that offers fuller benefits.1

One article on the site that was recently pointed out to me is “The Ultimate Interview Guide: 30 Prep Tips for Job Interview Success” The article accomplishes exactly what it says in the title, in practical, step by step instructions. I could envision sending a link to an interested patron, or even printing a copy to post somewhere by a Job & Career computer, for example.


One of the most helpful items in the article is a link to a “cheat sheet” for job interviews that includes the basics an interviewee will need to remember, such as the date and time of the interview, who it was with, etc., all the way to answer starters for questions such as “Why does this job excite you?” It would be a great tool to help someone look as confident and competent as possible in an interview.