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The end of Daylight Savings Time leads to a rise in pedestrian deaths

by Sarah Berry

The beloved (albeit temporary) end of Daylight Savings Time will take place this Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2 a.m. With an additional hour seemingly in the day, there’s a variety of things to do, such as taking a walk around the neighborhood.

However, according to The Huffington Post, you may want to rethink going for a walk after November 6. In a study published on Science Direct (a database available through the Rohrbach Library), scientists discovered that the transition from Daylight Savings Time to Daylight Standard Time correlates to the highest percentage of pedestrian deaths by cars.

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In New York alone, 40 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred between October and December. Scientists believe the higher death rate is due to the nights becoming darker earlier, while the roads are still filled with drivers commuting to and from work.

Additionally, scientists found that the shift to Daylight Standard Time leads to people staying up later (with the idea of “gaining” an hour back) and can lead to drivers being less aware of their surroundings due to sleep deprivation.

Specifically, the study found on Sunday, the day immediately after the shift to Daylight Standard Time, that fatal accidents increased from an average of 126 to 139. Fortunately, the study did find that instead of increasing over the years, the amount of fatal accidents has decreased for the Sunday following the conclusion of Daylight Savings Time.

To be safe though, maybe opt for a Sunday morning of Netflix this year.

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Conducted by Stanford University, the study analyzed 21 years of fatal automobile accidents in the U.S. For more information, click here. Select the full-text link in the upper-right corner to be taken to Science Direct to view the full study and article.

If you are accessing the database off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

National Career Development Month Begins!

by Sarah Berry

November marks 47th annual National Career Development Month. Here at KU, the Career Development Center will be hosting a series of events from November 15, 2016 to November 18, 2016.

Check out the list of events below and considering attending a few, such as Finding Internships or the CDC Mini Workshop Marathon for improving your interview skills.

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“Plum Prints” added to EBSCOhost databases

by Sarah Berry

Recent users of EBSCOhost databases may have noticed a new addition to their search results – a so-called “Plum Print.”

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Plum Prints are displayed in search results, allowing users to compare and contrast resources.

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A close-up of the analytical information provided by the Plum Print

Developed by Plum Analytics these prints are icons that provide valuable viewing information to users, such as the number of views, shares, or cross references of the book or article. As a result, viewers are able to visualize the impact or use of a specific resource in the academic world.

To learn more about Plum Prints check out these Plum Analytics articles: “The Plum Print: Coming to a Result List Near You,” “See the Plum Print Altmetrics…In More than Just Articles,” and “Visualizing Impact: The Plum Print.” 

American Library Association Announces Literary Award Winners

The American Library Association announced the top books, videos and audiobooks for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver last week. Check out the list to see if any of your favorite books or authors have been honored!

Absentee Ballot Deadline

Want to vote in this year’s Presidential Election, but are unable to be in the county in which you are registered on Election day? The last day that the state of Pennsylvania will accept absentee ballot forms is October 28, 2008 at 5pm.

Fill out this Absentee Ballot Application form, and mail it to your County Election office.

Living Library Debuts in United States

Fresh from libraries of Europe, this living library concept was recently debuted in a Santa Monica Public Library in California.  The Concept?  A Living Library allows library visitors to book half-hour meetings with individuals with special interests, beliefs, or experiences.

To find out more about this interesting movement, read this article.

For information on the next Living Library Event, visit the Kitsap Regional Library website.

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