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By: Mark Roseman, Board Member
For: Red Rock News
Date: July 31, 2009

24 Digits to Knowledge

December will mark my first anniversary as a Sedona resident.  This community, nestled in red rocks and stands of pine, juniper and cedar, stimulated my curiosity about its early history.  The grandeur of the rock formations, and their bold, silent testimony to earth’s geologic history, heightened my intrigue with Sedona.  When I discovered that there was a Sedona Public Library (SPL), I decided to do some hands-on research about my new environs.

I visited SPL soon after my arrival.  I was greeted by bronze: Susan Kliewer’s bigger than life sculpture of Sedona Miller Schnebly (1877-1950); she was offering me an apple.  Her presence gave a feeling of warm welcome.  The plaque below her feet read, in part: “She is celebrated for her . . . commitment to Education for people of all ages.  We pay tribute to her pioneer spirit.”

My visit proved fruitful, and research about the earth science of Sedona was easy to find.  Type in “Arizona geology” in the SPL electronic card catalogue and you’ll discover books in the “Arizona Collection” about the geology of Northern Arizona, and so much more (Dewey 000-999).  I learned that Sedona was once situated on the west coast of the amalgamated supercontinent, Pangaea, more than 270 million years ago, eons before California was “born.”  Ancient Sedona was a sun-drenched coastline lined with miles of pristine and sandy beaches. (See: Geology Underfoot, Abbott, 557.791)  If the continents did not continue drifting to present configurations, Sedona could have been a major harbor for commercial and cruise ships.

While the SPL book collection database of information is comprehensive, I learned that SPL’s website has informative databases.  These resources are accessible from home, anywhere you can go online, or on the library’s computers.  With 24 digits, the combination of your 10 fingers and the 14 digits of your SPL library card, the information highway is a “free way” to be an information pioneer. 

The free data bases available at SPL are impressive.  Most of them are too costly for individuals’ purchases, but by using your 24 digits, the contents of these resources are yours for:  research, self-teaching, exploration, entertainment, and simply learning something.

Finding these knowledge-expanding sites is easy:  (1) Log onto the SPL website homepage:  (2) Run your mouse over the menu item: “Find Articles & More” (3) From the dropdown menu select “Databases A-Z” (4) Choose from the 15 databases that you find interesting, or to start research.

When you find a database you want to open, click the “Within Sedona Public Library” link that appears under the name of database, if you’re in the library, or click “Outside Sedona Public Library” if you’re not.  If you’re using a library computer you will use your 14 digit fewer times for verification/security purposes.

Your level of interest to particular sites is a function of your need to know.  If you’re interested in articles and images from journals, newspapers, and accurate current research materials, click on the “Arizona Statewide Databases” website.  This database is linked to libraries throughout Arizona, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa public libraries. The categories of information cover such topics as: academic research, business & commerce, health and wellness, and law & justice. 

The Consumer Reports database provides reviews and ratings just like reading their paperback reports.  Want to know the highest rated hairbrush or shaving cream in August 1990?  If you do, that consumer report is retrievable, right there on your screen, as are all others from 1985 to the present.  Other products and services reviewed include the usual: food, personal finance, cars, electronics, and so much more.

If you want to brush up on your conversational Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, and more, click on the Mango database.   I opened a free account with Mango, had it activated, and started my Spanish refresher in 45 seconds. 

You can broaden your sources of news from the Newsbank and Newspaper Source databases.  Newsbank has full-text articles from the Arizona Republic, Arizona Daily Star, as well as The New York Times and The Washington Post.  Newspaper Source provides selected full-text for more than 25 national and international newspapers, and full text radio and news transcripts from major network reporting companies.

Is business research important to you?  Go to the ReferenceUSA database.  It has myriad services and functions, such as allowing you to do competitive business analysis, getting radius searches for similar businesses, checking the strength of the competition with years of business and credit ratings, and so much more.  Their database selections and real time access are the result of gathering and organizing business data from more than 20 million businesses and 222 million consumers.

I searched the name Sedona Schnebly using the Arizona Statewide Databases.  I was curious about the significance of the offer of her apple.  Through some rapid research I learned that Mrs. Schnebly was an advocate and supporter of irrigation projects for apple orchards in the 1920s and 1930s.  Her efforts culminated in, among other things, the annual Slide Rock Apple Festival, being held this year on September 19 and 20.

I’ve touched on 5 of the 15 databases that await your 24 digits.  So much of learning comes from exploring on your own.  Knowledge adds to personal enrichment.  Use your 24, and be a pioneer.

Mark Roseman
Mark Roseman, author of this week's article,
is a retired attorney and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.

Library Hours Reduction

Due to a reduction of City of Sedona's funding, Sedona Public Library will be reducing the hours we are open to the public.  The Library is eliminating all Sunday hours and two evening hours on Monday for a total of seven hours.
New hours effective August 1, 2009, are:

Monday              10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday              10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday         10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday             10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday                  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday              10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday                 Closed      
We regret any inconvenience this may cause our patrons.

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