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== Welcome to Andover Answers! ==
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<h2 style="font-size:180%;font-weight:bold;"><span style="color:#00335E;">Welcome to</span> <span style="color:#A53131;">Andover Answers</span></h2>
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Andover Answers is a collection of information about Andover that the staff of Memorial Hall Library has gathered over the years. It started out as a "snag file" of 3x5 index cards used by our reference librarians to help answer patrons' questions, but it has since grown so big that we decided it would be easier to maintain electronically. This has several advantages:
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'''Andover Answers''' is a collection of information about people, places, and events that have a connection to Andover.
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* it's easier to search
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== How can I Search Andover Answers? ==
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* it doesn't take up space on top of our reference desk
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Enter keywords into the search box then click the '''''Go''''' or '''''Search''''' buttons. You can also click on the [[:Category:Andover_Answers_Index|Answers Index]] link to see an alphabetically arranged list of entries.
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* it's easier to add new entries and edit old ones
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* those of us with poor handwriting don't have to endure comments from our co-workers about how we should have become doctors
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Another advantage is that by making our old snag file electronic, we can bring it out from behind the reference desk and present it to the public in the form of these web pages. We still consider it a tool to be used primarily by and for us librarians, but there's no reason we can't make it viewable to everybody, so that's what we're doing.
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== How to get (and give) more information ==
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For general questions, you can contact our Information Services Desk by sending an email to [mailto:rdesk@mhl.org rdesk@mhl.org] or by calling us at 978-623-8401 x32. If we're closed (or even if we're not), you can chat online with a librarian anytime day or night through the [http://www.mhl.org/ask/ Ask A Librarian] service.
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== What kinds of information does it have? ==
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You can share comments or submit additional information on an entry by following these steps:
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The entries in Andover Answers cover people, places and events that in one way or another have some connection with Andover. Beyond that, it's hard to characterize them. Some of the entries answer frequently asked questions, others answer questions that are hardly ever asked but are useful and/or interesting nonetheless. Some entries contain a full answer, others just a reference to where the answer can be found. Some of the entries have information that can be found easily enough through the likes of [http://www.google.com/ Google], but a good deal of it is obscure enough that finding it required library tools and skills that typically aren't available to the public.
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== How does it work? ==
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Comments that offer additional information will be reviewed by our staff for accuracy and added to the main entry if deemed appropriate.
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In the search box, enter terms describing what you're interested in, then click the Go or Search buttons. You can also click on the [[:Category:Andover_Answers_Index|Answers Index]] link to see an alphabetically arranged list of entries.
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Note: This is a work in progress.

Welcome to Andover Answers

Andover Answers is a collection of information about people, places, and events that have a connection to Andover.

How can I Search Andover Answers?

Enter keywords into the search box then click the Go or Search buttons. You can also click on the Answers Index link to see an alphabetically arranged list of entries.

How to get (and give) more information

For general questions, you can contact our Information Services Desk by sending an email to rdesk@mhl.org or by calling us at 978-623-8401 x32. If we're closed (or even if we're not), you can chat online with a librarian anytime day or night through the Ask A Librarian service.

You can share comments or submit additional information on an entry by following these steps:

  1. Go to that entry's page
  2. Click on the discussion tab above the entry's title to open the entry's "talk" page
  3. If you are the first to post a comment to the talk page, you will be able to type your comment at this point. If not click on the edit or + tab first
  4. When you are finished, you can click on the Show preview button to see what it will look like
  5. If you are satisfied with the text of your comment, click the Save page button.

Comments that offer additional information will be reviewed by our staff for accuracy and added to the main entry if deemed appropriate.

Please understand that your contributions can be viewed by anybody, so please be careful about what you post. If you post a question to an entry's talk page, we will post our reply on the same page.

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