Wednesday, April 16, 2014

eReading Rooms for Kids and Teens

We’ve added eReading Rooms for kids and teens to the OverDrive Digital Library Collection.
These 2 rooms provide a destination where kids or teens can search for content on their own website. 

You'll recognize the graphic shown here on the main site directing patrons to the Rooms
Click on the each website’s 3 helpful buttons to view “Subjects, Collections, Levels.” 

Note that both collections are accessible from the main Digital Library collection site

A few points about how the eReading Room site functions: 

·         This site URL will cache in your browser. To return to the main digital collection site, there is a “Main Collection” home icon at the top of each site.

·         The Subjects menu populates based on the juvenile/young adult fiction/nonfiction titles in our collection. If a subject is not already assigned to a title, it cannot be included in this list.

·         The Collections menu is currently using database-driven lists, like our existing site’s collections.

·         Clicking on an item in the Levels menu results in any title with that level metadata, and results can be narrowed from there using the filters

Direct links: 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Did you know? Available Services!

Same old same old, right? WRONG! The list below includes some services that have been added.  

  • Color Printing is available at the Central Library for .50 per page.  
  • Access to WiFi w/ connect to Internet button; no more logging in with card & pin.
  • We accept stored library cards on smartphones. 
  • Patrons may call to renew expire card. Ask them to offer info, not the other way around.   
  • Patrons may call if they've forgotten their pin #.  
  • Flash drives for sale at the Central Library for $5.    
  • Can't make it to the Innovation Studio to use the 3D printer? Request that we make it. Complete online form.
  • Patrons may apply for a library card online
  • Propose an idea or vote for one that has been proposed. Download the App.  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Overdrive Media Console v.3 is COMING SOON!

Enjoy eBooks & more with the all-new OverDrive Media Console v3.0 should be coming August 20th!

Reading eBooks from  the digital library will be easier than ever. The app to enjoy digital titles on your mobile device, OverDrive Media Console (OMC), will be completely redesigned with ease of use top of mind. A new version of the app will be available on August 20.
Check out a preview of the new app
Some highlighted features include:
·         A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation, and a one-stop reorganized menu.
·         Sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
·         Variable speed playback for iOS. Audiobook users’ most requested feature.

System Requirements: OMC v3.0 for Android users requires Android OS v4.0 (or newer). OMC for Android v2.6.5 will remain available for download. OMC for iOS requires iOS 6 (or newer).

If you already have OverDrive Media Console installed on your device, you will be prompted to update, or it will happen automatically depending on your device settings. To install OverDrive Media Console, or for more information, visit Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Help for busy people who love to read

Don’t have as much time as you would like to browse the library collection for a good book to read?

Checkout the library’s Online Newsletters.  Pick your favorite genre (Mystery, Romance, SciFi, Home & Garden, Biography, New Books, etc.) and receive once a month email newsletter listing recommended titles. You can connect to the library catalog and place a holds. How convenient!

The library has recently added an email newsletter dedicated to biographies.  Please visit the Newsletter link on the library website to view this and our other great Reader’s Advisory resources found under “Great Titles” dropdown menu.

“If biographies are your cup of tea, this is the spot for you. Here you will find the life stories of many of the world’s best known... and sometimes little known, celebrities, history makers, artists, heroes and villains. From the famous to the infamous.”

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Library Services in the digital age

Jan. 22, 2013 PEW Report

"Patrons embrace new technologies – and would welcome more. But many still want printed books to hold their central place."

Pew Internet & American Life Project report on the present and future of libraries according to surveyed library users and advisory library staff panel.
The report is divided into 5 parts:
·         The Role of libraries in people’s lives and communities
·         What people do at libraries and their websites
·         Technology use at libraries
·         What people want from their libraries
·         The present and future of libraries

The full text of this report can also be found using the search box on the CPPL staff wiki.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Let's Blog in the Library Operations Class!!!!

Are you ready to blog?
Communication is one of the topics covered in the Library Operations class. Practice communicating via the CPPL Change Blog. Post a comment to this blog post with your user name or anonymously. 
Comments from the class evaluations are changing the core class content positively. 

You have 5 minutes to complete this exercise.  1-2-3, Go!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Consumer Tech Trends for 2013

I'm working on my monthly report for February and somehow stumbled upon this article about consumer technology trends. Yes you guessed it! I forgot all about the report. Well actually I was distracted for just a few minutes. Once I save this post I'll return to writing the report. I promise. :)

According to Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, "a whole generation of kids are growing up untethered from computers and hooked to their mobile phones instead. They are embracing not just one platform but many. " Interesting! Even more interesting is the fact that "Qualcomm has sold more than 11 billion chips for mobile devices over 27 years."
Check out the knowns below from VentureBeat's January 14th issue
  • "U.S. homes now have 1.4 tablets per household, compared to 1.2 a year ago.
  • We spend 130 minutes a day with smartphones and tablets, compared to 170 minutes a day watching TV. Expect that to flip. 
  • In the U.S., about 44 percent of homes have tablets, up from 1 percent in July 2010.
  • Smartphones are in about 55 percent of homes, compared to 36 percent in July 2010.
  • 84 percent of people worldwide can’t go a day without using a mobile device.
  • We look at our phones 150 times a day."
What are those popular trends? I'm just teasing you below with the headers. You really need to read the entire article.
  • Who's the biggest target audience? It's the mobile generation!
  • Let's get real! Fitness and Health
  • YOU are the user interface
  • 3D glasses...dead or undead
  • Sensors! Let's make gadgets even smarter
  • Alts to console gaming
  • It's all about car technology
  • Can you say UltraHD 4K TVs
Still need more info about these trends? Check out the cool stuff from this year's 2013 Consumer Electronic Show! I have to go. I have a report to write. (Missi)