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Today’s library resources find is an interesting article in a journal called Environmental Science and Technology. I discovered the journal whilst hunting in the American Chemical Society e-journals database for articles I could use as references, as I am teaching a session to chemistry students next week about Refworks (an online tool which lets you save book and article references).

The article, Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States, by Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Mathews was published in April 2008, and is currently¬† the journal’s most read article. They compare the greenhouse gas emissions released by transporting food with greenhouse gas emissions released by food production, and conclude that producing red meat and dairy releases far more emissions than is produced by transporting food.

Therefore, they conclude that although eating locally is still a good environmental choice, the most effective way of reducing the climate impacts caused by your eating habits is to reduce the amount of red meat and dairy that you consume (I am a vegetarian, so that’s a good start, but I do like a bit of cheese…). I personally think that both dietary changes and eating locally are important, for various reasons, not just greenhouse gas emissions. Buying local food supports local food producers, the food often tastes good, and shopping in this way does contribute to reducing food transport pollution, even if the impact is small compared to food production impacts.

Members of Bangor University can find the article by selecting American Chemical Society from the list of Physical and Applied Science Databases, clicking on Environmental Science and Technology in the journals list, and then clicking on the tab at the top of the journal list of contents which says most read. At the moment, Food-Miles is at the top of this list.

If you’re not at the university, there are a lot of articles about the conclusions drawn in the paper available online, including this article on Food Miles versus Food Choice in The Ethicurean, which summarises the article, but also points out the importance of buying local food.

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This is a copy of the presentation for theology research students given on Monday 22nd June, about useful library resources for your research. You will also find the TheologyHandout useful, as it contains extra information.

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I’m working on the Twitter section of a scoping study I’m writing looking at how Bangor University and Archives can use web 2.0 technologies, and have been making a list of Welsh libraries and librarians I know of on Twitter. Does anyone know of more which I’ve missed?

Rydw i wedi bod yn sgwennu am dan Twitter ar gyfer astudiaeth i ymchwilio am defnyddio dechnolegau Web 2.0 ar gyfer Llyfrgelloedd ac Archifau Prifysgol Fangor, a rydw i’n sgwennu rhestr o llyfrgelloedd a llyfrgellwyr Cymraeg ar Twitter, ydy rhywun yn nabod fwy dwi ‘di methu allan?

Welsh Libraries / Llyfrgelloedd Cymraeg:

Bangor University Library: http://twitter.com/BangorUniLib

Bersham Road, Yale College, Wrexham: http://twitter.com/BershamRdLRC

Glamorgan University: http://twitter.com/lcssatglamorgan

Llandrillo FE College: http://twitter.com/LlandrilloLib

Swansea Public Libraries: http://twitter.com/Discovermore

Welsh FE Librarians / Llyfrgellwyr FE Cymraeg:

Andrew Eynon (Llandrillo) http://twitter.com/andrewey

Sarah Barker (Yale College, Wrexham): http://twitter.com/sarahgb

Welsh HE librarians / Llyfrgellwyr HE Cymraeg:

Emma Rye (Glamorgan): http://twitter.com/Emma7114

John Wright (Glamorgan): http://twitter.com/wrightoid

Karl Drinkwater (Aberystwyth): http://twitter.com/libkarl

Lucy Price (Glamorgan): http://m.twitter.com/puffyhu

Mark Hughes (Swansea): http://m.twitter.com/Mark_H_Swansea

Paul Bevan (Aberystwyth): http://twitter.com/bevanpaul

Paul Jeorrett, (Glyndwr, Wrexham): http://twitter.com/jeorrettp

Sarah Nicholas (Cardiff): http://twitter.com/SarahNicholas

Vashti Zarach (Bangor): http://twitter.com/serenalaburnum

Public Librarians / Llyfrgellwyr Cyhoeddus:

Karen Gibbins (Swansea): http://m.twitter.com/karJg

Other / Arall:

Mandy Powell (CILIP Cymru): http://twitter.com/Minimorticia

Gregynog Conference: http://twitter.com/gregynog2009

Welsh Journals Online: http://twitter.com/welshjournals

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Today’s blog post is on a subject I’ve been meaning to write about since starting the blog. I’m very much hoping for a varied audience for this blog, so whilst some people reading my blog posts may be experienced bloggers themselves, and know how to gather all their favourite blogs in one place for easy viewing, I’m assuming that some people will be new to blogs, and not know how to do this.

To save and view multiple blogs, you will need to use something called a “blog aggregator”. It sounds a bit like some kind of dinosaur, but actually a blog aggregator is just a single location where you can save links to all the blogs you like to follow, and then pop in whenever you like to view all new blog posts on a single page. This is done by sending blog posts to the aggregator as “rss feeds”. RSS¬† means really simple syndication, and RSS is just a format for frequently updated things such as news and blogs, which can be uploaded and displayed by lots of other sites. For example, you can get news from the BBC in RSS feeds.

What is the point of getting a blog aggregator and uploading news feeds and blog posts? Well, it depends how much you view news and blogs. If you visit one blog and occasionally check the BBC news website, you probably don’t really need to gather them together into one place. If, however, you have a wide variety of blogs you follow, it is much easier to view them all in one place. I follow a range of library and learning blogs, which I keep adding to Bloglines (my blog aggregator), and am currently up to 62. I don’t have time in my working week to visit 62 different blogs, but it’s pretty easy to open Bloglines 2 or 3 times a week and see which blogs have new posts.

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This is a screenshot (a saved image) from my account in Bloglines, showing a list of blogs I follow down the left hand side. The blog highlighted in black has a new blog post.

I’m not going to show preference or bias towards any particular blog aggregator, but as Bloglines is the one I know and use, that is the one I will describe today. To set up a blog news feed with Bloglines, go to the Bloglines website, where there is a large link on the front page for setting up a new account. You will need to type in your email address and choose a password, and bloglines will set up an account for you. Once your account is set up, you can login using the link on the top right hand side of the Bloglines front page.

To save a blog news feed to Bloglines, open the blog page in another window (keeping Bloglines open as well), highlight the blog url (as in the screenshot below), right click with the mouse, and select copy.

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Go back into the Bloglines window, click Add on the left hand side of the screen, and when the Blog or Feed URL box comes up in the middle of the screen, paste in the blog url, and click subscribe.

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Sometimes, you just get one feed, in which case you just tick the subscribe box, but sometimes you get several, in which case just tick a box beside one of the feeds, and then click on the subscribe button at the bottom of the page.

The blog will now be added to the list in the left hand side. Click on a blog title in the list to see the new blog post or posts displayed in the centre of the Bloglines page. You can then click on the title of the displayed blog post if you want to go to the actual blog.

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Here is Bloglines with a Muppets blog post open in the middle of the page for reading, and the list of other blogs still visible down the left hand side.

If you have any questions or comments, please either add a comment to my blog post, or email me at v.zarach@bangor.ac.uk.

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I had actually completely forgotten that today (4th June) was the day for voting for European Parliament members, and only remembered when I checked Twitter this morning. In all honesty, I don’t know who is standing for election in my area, and where I have to go to vote, I just know I have a voting card, and had a couple of flyers through the door from parties I don’t support which have been binned.

Therefore, this morning’s first quick job was to use my librarian skills to find useful web links for voting, which I thought I would share with any blog readers, as it took me a while (and bear in mind I’m a librarian trained in finding information speedily, so by a while, I mean more than five minutes!) to locate some useful websites.

This is the list of current European members of parliament for Wales. Click on the MEPs (Member of Parliament)’s names to find out a little more information about them.

About My Vote has lots of useful information about the European Parliament elections.

The BBC website has a guide to all the parties standing for election.

BBC Wales has a list of Welsh candidates.

Wales Online has a list of 20 reasons to vote in the European Parliament elections.

This is the website of the European Parliament.

And just to finish off with a selection of library resources…

We have a book in the Deiniol Library (located in building no 47 on this University map) called The European Parliament, by Richard Corbett, Francis Jacobs and Michael Shackleton, which was published in 2007.

We also have an e-book called European Union: Power & Policy Making, edited by Jeremy Richardon, which can be accessed online.

Both books can be found by searching the library catalogue for keywords european and parliament.

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If all the glorious weather over the weekend has made you think about why people have often worshipped the sun, you might be interested in a book by Miranda Green called The Sun-Gods of Ancient Europe. The book is kept in the Main Arts Library on College Road, shelved at BL 438 . G74 1991, in the Lloyds Reading Room (to the left of the issue desk, and past the photocopiers).

The book, which was written in 1991, has chapters on the following subjects: birth of a sun-cult / images of the sun / cult and ceremonial in later prehistory / the Celtic sun-god: images and symbols / heat, light and healing / the life-giver and conqueror of death / mythology, symbolism and society.

You can find book details in the Bangor University library catalogue.

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