[library-media] FW: What's New on SIRS

Paula Zsiray paula.zsiray@cache.k12.ut.us
Mon, 6 Jan 2003 14:04:35 -0700


SIRS E-MAIL BULLETIN:  WHAT=92S NEW ON SIRS

--SIRS E-mail Bulletins Educate & Inform
--New & Hot Topics Feature Added to SKS WebSelect & Discoverer WebFind
--SIRS Renaissance Expands Literary Corner --Spotlights of the Month
Added to all SIRS Databases

SIRS E-MAIL BULLETINS INFORM & EDUCATE
Educators and librarians will want to sign up for SIRS E-mail Bulletins
=96 beginning in=20
January, SIRS will feature weekly information you can put to immediate
use, as well as=20
continue to keep you abreast of our latest product updates. Click on the
link below for=20
further information or to sign up for SIRS E-mail Bulletins.

http://www.sirs.com/corporate/emailbulletins.htm

SIRS ADDS THE =93NEW & HOT TOPICS=94 FEATURE
TO SKS WEBSELECT & DISCOVERER WEBFIND =96
SIRS WEB SITE DATABASES=20
Researchers can explore new and updated content on SKS WebSelect and=20
Discoverer WebFind now by trying the sample Subject Heading, Keyword and
Topic=20
Browse searches provided on New & Hot Topics. This feature is already
available on=20
Researcher, Renaissance, Government Reporter and Discoverer. Click on
the link=20
below for further information.

http://www.sirs.com/corporate/whatsnew.htm#121802
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SIRS RENAISSANCE EXPANDS ITS LITERARY CORNER
New Literary Profiles and new domestic and international awards have
been added to=20
SIRS Renaissance=92s Literary Corner. Click on the link below for the =
new
listings.

 http://www.sirs.com/corporate/whatsnew.htm#1206021

SPOTLIGHTS OF THE MONTH ADDED TO GOVERNMENT REPORTER,=20
SKS WEBSELECT & DISCOVERER WEBFIND
Beginning this year, Spotlights of the Month will now also appear on
Government=20
Reporter, SKS WebSelect and Discoverer WebFind. SPOTLIGHT OF THE=20
MONTH topics are selected mainly from CHASE=92S CALENDAR OF EVENTS.=20
Articles and Web sites are also accessible within the main database and
remain in the=20
SIRS SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE for one year. Summaries for the=20
January Spotlights of the Month are below the following link to the
monthly topics for=20
the 2003 Spotlights for all of SIRS Databases:

http://www.sirs.com/corporate/whatsnew.htm#010303

SPOTLIGHTS OF THE MONTH JANUARY SUMMARIES

SIRS RESEARCHER
SIRS RESEARCHER SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH, NATIONAL POVERTY=20
IN AMERICA AWARENESS MONTH, focuses on poverty in the United States=20
despite the great wealth in our country. Poverty contributes to
homelessness, high=20
crime rates and is a known health-risk factor among other things. SIRS
Researcher=20
provides articles covering numerous poverty-related issues such as
crime, living wage=20
laws, child poverty and hunger.  Articles include =93How Much Is a =
Living
Wage,=94=20
=93Hungry in America,=94 =93Poverty One of Most Consistent Health-Risk
Factors,=94 =93The=20
Persistence of Poverty,=94 =93To Be Young and Homeless=94 and =93The =
Working
Poor.=94
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SIRS GOVERNMENT REPORTER
SIRS Government Reporter SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH, SPACE=20
EXPLORATION, covers the many and varied aspects of exploring space. The
United=20
States=92 space program began in 1958, with the creation of the =
government
agency=20
known as NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Space=20
exploration helps us to understand more about our own planet, as well as
other parts=20
of our vast universe. Missions into space have led to the development of
many useful=20
products and technologies with diverse applications here on Earth. Just
a few of these=20
include advanced materials engineering, aeronautics research, medical
and=20
pharmaceutical products, telecommunications and weather satellites, and
even=20
agricultural advancements. The achievements and discoveries gained are
featured in=20
such articles as: =93Soybean Plants Thriving Aboard Space Station,=94 =
=93Air
Pollution=20
Monitored from Space,=94 =93Moon Rocks and Moon Germs,=94 =93Exploring =
the
Invisible=20
Universe: The Chandra X-Ray Observatory=94 and =93Air Force Astronaut
Encourages=20
Women to Fly.=94

SIRS RENAISSANCE
No simple definition can describe the world's myriad religions and
spiritual traditions.=20
For many people, religion is an organized system of beliefs centering on
the worship of=20
one supreme God. For others, religion involves a number of gods; still
others follow=20
beliefs in which nature is worshipped. The SIRS Renaissance January
Spotlight of the=20
Month, World Religions, highlights the origins, practices and beliefs of
many religions=20
and spiritual teachings, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism,
Hinduism,=20
Islam, Judaism, Shinto, Taoism, Paganism and more. Selected articles
include =93How to=20
Become a Hindu,=94 =93The World Is Full of God,=94 =93Who Was Buddha?=94 =
=93Jainism:
A=20
Portrait,=94 =93Turin Shroud May Be Genuine=94 and =93Muhammad: The =
Universal
Man of=20
All Times.=94

SKS WEBSELECT
SKS WebSelect Spotlight of the Month, National Poverty in America
Awareness=20
Month, focuses on the poverty issues of homelessness, hunger and welfare
reform.=20
Carefully selected Web sites from leading educational institutions,
national and=20
international organizations, and government agencies are featured.
Listen to interviews=20
of American children living in poverty at The Forgotten Fourteen
Million: The Politics=20
of Poverty at
http://www.americanradioworks.org/features/14_million/index.html=20
explore the available hunger and food programs in the U.S. at the Food
Research and=20
Action Center at http://www.frac.org/  or review reports from the Joint
Center for=20
Poverty Research at http://www.jcpr.org/  Additional sites that
highlight the global=20
issue of poverty are included, such as UNICEF at http://www.unicef.org/
and the=20
United Nations Foundation at http://www.unicef.org/.

SIRS DISCOVERER
National Recreation and Parks is the subject of the SIRS Discoverer
Spotlight of the=20
Month. Visitors at many national parks can participate in recreational
activities such as=20
fishing, hiking, canoeing and horseback riding. They can also view
national monuments=20
and explore spectacular natural formations. Careful land management and
maintenance=20
are critical to the survival of parks. Reducing pollution in parks is
also vital, as parks=20
contribute to the protection of endangered species of plants and
animals. Recreational=20
activities and various parks around the United States are highlighted in
articles such as=20
=93Bryce Canyon National Park,=94 =93Endangered Species in the National
Parks,=94 =93Travel=20
the Unbeaten Path,=94 =93On the Fly,=94 =93Appalachian Trail=94 and =
=93Canyonlands
National=20
Park.=94

DISCOVERER WEBFIND
Discoverer WebFind SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH, PARKS AND ZOOS,=20
provides the very best sites on parks and zoos for students in grades
1-9. Naturally,=20
Yellowstone National Park is highlighted at Yellowstone: America's
Sacred=20
Wilderness at http://www.pbs.org/edens/yellowstone/ as is the wonderful
Gorilla=20
Forest Congo Gorilla Forest at
http://www.congogorillaforest.com/home.html at the=20
Bronx Zoo and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo Kid Territory at the San
Diego=20
Zoo at http://www.sandiegozoo.org/wildideas/kids/.

SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH topics are selected mainly from CHASE=92S=20
CALENDAR OF EVENTS. Articles are also accessible within the main
database and=20
remain in the SIRS SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH ARCHIVE for one year. For=20
more information about SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH on SIRS RESEARCHER,=20
SIRS GOVERNMENT REPORTER, SIRS RENAISSANCE, SKS WEBSELECT,=20
SIRS DISCOVERER or DISCOVERER WEBFIND, call 1-800-232-7477 or visit=20
www.sirs.com.

For more information on these features or any other SIRS products,
please contact=20
SIRS Customer Service at 1-800-232-7477 or via E-mail
custserve@sirs.com.