Saturday, May 22, 2010

ABCs of Digital Scanning Photographs

Another hands-on demonstration workshop designed to introduce patrons to the digital scanning of photographs, negatives, slides, and film. We will scan, capture, edit and save images in the microfilm room of the Magazines and Newspapers Center on the fifth floor of the Main Library.

- Address: 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
- Location: Main Library, Fifth Floor, Magazines & Newspapers Center, Microfilm Room
- Event Date & Time: Monday, May 24, 2010 (Noon - 1 p.m.)

Friday, May 14, 2010


The annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco takes place on Saturday, May 15th near the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. Last year, in honor of the annual observerance, we highlighted a selection of our Asian Pacific American titles from the Magazines & Newspapers Center. This year, we would like to introduce you to Koreana, a quarterly magazine focusing on Korean art and culture.

Koreana covers Korean traditional and contemporary arts. Sample content includes feature articles on cultural issues and artistic trends, literary, music, and dance reviews, cuisine and arts of living, interviews with Korean artists and architects, and more.

And if you happen to drop by the Main Library, be sure to check out comic strips that examine the "changing social realities of Korean society from the 1950s through the 1990s" in an exhibit entitled "Korean Comics: A Society through Small Frames" which currently runs till June 13.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ABCs of Digital Scanning Microfilm

The Magazines and Newspapers Center presents an encore demonstration workshop featuring digital scanning techniques for 35MM microfilm and microfiche periodicals.

ABCs of Digital Scanning Microfilm

Monday December 20th - Noon to 1 pm

Patrons are encouraged to participate as we digitize archival images from the SFPL serials collection. Our class meets in the microfilm room of the Fifth Floor Magazines and Newspapers Center. Historians, genealogists, and hobbyists welcome!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Magazines You Can Check Out

The Magazines & Newspapers Center literally has hundreds of magazines you can browse and peruse through in our Reading Room, but you can only read them while you are in the library. Are you aware, however, that we also have a Circulating Periodicals Collection? Instead of staying at the library, you can actually check magazines out as you normally do with other library items--up to 3 weeks!

At the Main Library, go to the 1st floor and there you'll find our Circulating Periodicals Collection. Or even better, visit your local branch library, and you'll find a wider selection of titles there. To see if your branch library carries a particular title, follow these steps:

1. Go to the SFPL home page and run a search for a title such as Vogue.

2. Next, you'll see a page of search results. Go ahead and select Vogue or just click on Show library holdings, and you'll pull up the full record:

3. Scroll down the record and look for a section that says "Library Has," and you'll find a list of branch libraries that carry back issues of Vogue.

The Magazines & Newspapers Center has many more titles that do not circulate, so you are more than welcome to drop by anytime to peruse our collection.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Power Googling: Searching Smarter and Faster

On Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 2-3:30 p.m., the Magazines & Newspapers Center will present a workshop--"Power Googling: Searching Smarter and Faster"--where you can sharpen your Web searching skills using Google.

When searching for information on the Web, many people simply "Google it," but rarely tap into Google's advanced search functions. In this workshop, prepare to explore and unlock some of Google's hidden features and resources, fine-tune your searches with prefix operators and "hacks," manipulate search results, and unleash the full power of this popular search engine.

-Address: 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
-Location: Main Library, Fifth Floor Training Center
-Event Date & Time: Saturday, May 8, 2010 (2 to 3:30 p.m.)