Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ramp Up Your Search!

What if you could search the library’s entire collection of popular material (books/e-Books, movies, music, etc.) along with its electronic resource subscriptions (Gale, Ebsco, etc.), Associated Press videos, and other free stuff in one place?  Guess what? It’s here! Your library has just ramped up your search experience, and it’s called Calcasieu 1 Search.

No longer search the catalog for stuff, and then head over to our website to start another search.  DO IT all within Calcasieu 1 Search
Perform a search, and then filter your results to the catalog only, or filter by publication date, by source, by branch/location, etc.

How do you find Calcasieu 1 Search?
·         Start at the Library’s website
·         Via the Library’s catalog
o   Perform search then choose the E-Databases option
·         Direct link

BONUS content (not available in the Library catalog version)
·         Research starters
·         Continue your search with additional widgets (right side column).
·         Access to Consumer Reports content
·         Access many journals/magazines with print copies that are not available on the current newsstands.
·         Access library location hours and phone numbers.
·         Browse library programs/events.

Have you searched the library catalog not finding what you needed, only to have to leave the catalog, and then begin that same search with the State Library of La.’s resource called Loanshark? UGH! There’s no need to duplicate those searches now that you have Calcasieu 1 Search. Find a direct link to Loanshark within a specific search result by looking for the “View from LoanShark” option.
Need assistance with searching, or assistance with a particular search that you’ve just performed? Use the Ask-a-Librarian option. With it, you can email our staff for help. Bonus: you can attach your search results so that we can provide assistance more efficiently.
If you are ready to ramp up your way of searching, DO IT with Calcasieu 1 Search.

Monday, October 5, 2015

New Resources from the State Library

The State Library has added 3 new resources that are really cool. The Hobbies and Crafts resource is cool since we don't have any such resources, while the Legal Info and Small Business can supplement those resources (Legal Forms Library for example) that we currently offer.

These resources have been added to the State Library’s Louisiana Library Connection Databases page, as well as on our two resources webpages (subject list and alphabetical list).

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center---exclusive articles covering over 140 topics, including periodicals, books and videos that focus on categories commonly referred to as hobbies and crafts; available in high-quality PDF format. View actual instructions, images, videos and more for topics such as home and garden, model building, and scrap-booking.

Legal Information Reference Center---online full text from top consumer legal reference books, full-text publications and legal forms. Many of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo.

Small Business Reference Center---up to date info on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. (State Library)​

Note that content from these resources may be searched/found on the website, within the catalog, and within our newest search portal, Calcasieu 1Search

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs with Chilton!

The Library has a new resource.It's called ChiltonLibrary.comUsers get the detailed information needed to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Some of ChiltonLibrary's more popular features include: 

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
  • Vacuum diagrams to simplify troubleshooting.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • A print button which allows you to easily print out what is needed.
Fix your vehicle no matter what time of the day it is using

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Finding eContent in the catalog just got easier!

There is a new way for you or patrons to limit your eContent search in the online catalog. Under material type on the left hand side of the search screen econtent has been added to the tab that already existed for ebooks/eaudio because we have more than just ebooks and eaudio now. 

And also, under Category on the left hand side of the search screen all eContent formats have been added so you or your patrons can further limit your search. The eContent formats that are available in the catalog to be searched are : eAudio, eBook, eMagazine, eMusic, eMusic (Parental Advisory), eTV Show, and eVideo.

Just a heads up: not all eContent titles have been broken down into the categories of eAudio or eBook --- as new records are loaded weekly they will be put in these new categories and as previously loaded records are edited then they will also be put into these new categories. 

All of the other categories (eMagazine, eMusic, eMusic (Parental Advisory), eTV Show, eVideo) have the correct amount of items that are currently in the catalog. 

Currently there are 12,991 eAudio titles ; 856 eBook titles ; 190 eMagazine titles ; 1,385 eMusic titles ; 239 eMusic (Parental Advisory) titles ; 903 eTV Show titles, and 4,748 eVideo titles divided into their proper category under the category tab on left hand side of search screen. 

We hope this is useful for you or patrons. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Happy searching!!  Have a wonderful day!!  J   Mike Broussard

Monday, October 6, 2014

Library Catalog: Under Construction

Maintenance is scheduled for the Library Catalog on Tuesday, Oct. 7th. 
Maintenance should begin between 9a and 930a. It will be unavailable for several hours. 
In the meantime, the classic catalog can be used.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

We're your new resources and we're bringing books to life!

The Library has purchased a subscription to Scholastics Flix suite. These products include unlimited simultaneous use; remote access requires a library card and remote access must begin from our website. Plus, all are iPad compatible. Find access links on the website under the Use Me (24/7) section.

is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. (PreK-3) (Inside Link or remote access)


A new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks; bringing true books to life.(Inside Link or remote access)
covering over 200 years of American History (Inside Link or remote access)

provides an in-depth examination on more than 30 different scientific topics. Did I mention that it includes science experiments? Or that there are 3 different reading levels?  (Inside Link or remote access) 
When viewing these products, take note that all of them have a similar interface. It’s the WATCH, READ, EXPLORE elements.
Watch the Video – a streaming video that engages the student and introduces the topic
Read the Book – includes page-turning and read-along features, chapter tabs, and vocabulary terms
Explore More – Related content for further information includes links to Grolier Online articles


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: