The Metropolitan Library System has added two new databases that allow customers to track news around the world and access information from Consumer Reports. A database called Same Day Global News gives people access to more than 90 newspapers worldwide, while a new Consumer Reports database allows people to read the full text from the magazine. “You don’t have to go out and buy an issue if you’re trying to find the best refrigerator,” said Kim Terry, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Library System. The Consumer Reports database also provides access to other content, including a section about negotiating the best deal for new or used vehicles. Those are just two of the more than 90 free databases the library system offers. Many people aren’t aware of the variety of resources that exist, Terry said. “It’s a lot of free information that you can get online consolidated into one source or one topic,” Terry said. A database called Global Road Warrior provides information about 175 countries. Topics include business, culture, money and banking, and points of interest. Guests also can access information about food or recipes. The information could be useful to travelers or people looking to learn about other cultures, Terry said.Comments
Language programLast summer, the libraries added an immersion language program for children, called Little Pim. An auto maintenance and repair database provides information about a variety of vehicles and engines. Terry used the database to access an owner’s manual and step-by-step instructions about how to repair a garden rototiller. Library cardholders can access most of the library system’s databases from home. They are searchable online by topic. “You don’t really have to leave home to see or to learn things from different areas,” said Tanika Wynn-Williams of Midwest City. She used a genealogy database to track her ancestry and found information going back seven generations. Wynn-Williams also used a language database called Mango Languages to learn Hindi and Tamil. She said she has learned some basic phrases she can use at Indian markets. “It’s really helpful because you can actually hear how it sounds,” Wynn-Williams said. Her son, Devin, 10, uses Mango Languages to learn Spanish. He likes the computer program better than books and tapes, Wynn-Williams said.
ONLINEFor more information about the databases, go to www.metrolibrary.org and click on the databases link.