World Book Changes Coming July 1

world book advanced newWorld Book is getting a brand-new look! View Inside the New World Book Online Article Page. This 30-minute in-depth look will give you a look inside to see what’s new, what’s changed, and why the improvement will be beneficial to you and your students and patrons.

Currently World Book Kids already has the new look, so you can check it out live there.

In addition, World Book is a State Database and we now have two new World Book databases: World Book Student and World Book Advanced.

Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases: World Book Online also has a short video of the new look as well as links to the World Book Video &Tutorial pages which describes the new features.


How to Use the Library Databases is Growing!

book_stack_mouse_2012_za1I have added more database vendors to the Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases along with scavenger hunts, search tips sheets you can download and more. A new page has been added called “What is a Database?”. This page not only explains what a database is but also provides information on why you should use a database and tips for getting started with a research or report.

You will also notice a new search tool available for Gale databases called Research In Context. Research in Context will search across GALE homework databases and eBooks (GVRL) so it is designed for grades K-12. Prior to school starting we will be adding it to the Homework Help pages as well.

Please keep checking back as I still have additional vendors to add to this Hot Topic. If you have any suggestions for this page, please let me know.

Transparent Language Online is Now Available

free-screen-wotdTransparent Language Online is now available to your patrons. To learn more about this new service visit the Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases – Transparent Language Online.

If your patron already has a library Zinio Magazine account, they can use the same email address and password to access their Transparent Language Online account.

NOTE: LIBRARY COMPUTERS WILL ASK FOR A BARCODE. Once you enter a barcode and PIN, bookmark the page you land on and use the bookmark link so you don’t have to enter a barcode.


Value Line User Guides and Videos

DigitalReport_Desktop_196_113On How to Use the Library’s Databases page a Value Line tab has been added with how-to PDF guides and videos on it.
The Value Line User Guides provide a quick introduction to the Navigation of the digital platform, Screener Tool, Charting, and Value Line Digital Report, including additional tips on using Value Line products and services.
The Value Line video tutorials help you to maximize the value of the Library’s online subscription. The tutorials present the topics: Basic Navigation, How to Use the Digital Research Report, Maximizing the Screener Application, and Creating Advanced Charts.

ChiltonLibrary Updates – See What’s New

ChiltonlibraryReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology is now available in the Repair and Bulletin/Recalls sections of ChiltonLibrary. ReadSpeaker® is the worldwide leader in online text to speech and its functionality lets users hear the article read out loud, as the words spoken are highlighted on the screen.

Users simply click the new Listen button in the Tool Bar. Pause and Stop abilities are also there. With the Settings button, users can change speed, highlighter color, and font size.
ReadSpeaker technology helps individuals who have lower reading levels comprehend details in Chilton content.
ESL/ELL users can better comprehend the content by hearing the English pronunciations.
Audio content from the Repair section can be downloaded in MP3 format for users to save and access offline.

In addition Full Service Information has been released for:

  • 1996-2015 model Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks
  • 2011-2015 model Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep cars, SUVs, vans, and trucksThese updated databases describe and direct repair procedures specified by Ford Motor Company and Chrysler. Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), Diagnostics, Scheduled Maintenance, plus critical health and safety precautions are also included.

Key Content Changes in This Release

Comprehensive factory diagnostic and service information for over 880 Year, Make, and Model combinations.
Updated repair and diagnostic articles
449,300 from Ford
305,561 from Chrysler
Updated graphics—More than a million from Ford using color to identify components and the sequence. These are also helpful to those who may be more visual, hands-on, have difficulty reading, or those with limited English skills. More than 500,000 from Chrysler, including diagrams and real photos.
All major systems, sub-systems, and components are covered.
Download complete lists of the new ChiltonLibrary makes and models at The Gale Blog.

Visit Databases A-Z General Reference for access to ChiltonLibrary.

Transparent Languages is Coming Soon!

can't drive the car speak the languageTransparent Languages will be added next week ( Tuesday or Wednesday) to replace Rocket Languages.

Here’s why we selected this product to replace Rocket Languages.

Features: 95+ Languages (and growing!)  From Afrikans to Zulu
Extensive English Collection: Materials for speakers of 25+ languages including an intermediate-level immersion course
Features all aspects of language learning and Core Skill-Building Activities:               Listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Speaking Practice: Compare your pronunciation to that of a native speaker
Typing Activities, learn to write in a new language
Flexible Learning Path: Follow a plan or blaze your own trail.
Insight and Review: Quickly and easily see how much you’ve learned and easily review the material.
The Welcome Lesson: Using game dynamics, a quick, basic lesson to learn a few key words and how to use the program.
Improved Speed: The latest HTML/JavaScript framework makes it ultra-fast.
Intuitive Interface: Designed to be used on any PC or tablet, the service optimizes itself for the size of your screen
Free app for mobile devices is also available see Transparent Languages Mobile for additional information.

Help Patrons Get More Out of ReferenceUSA

REFUSA PERSONAL ACCOUNTSReferenceUSA’s new feature Personalization Features is now available. Show Them How to Take Advantage of New Personalization Features.
The new personalization features take the user experience to a whole new level. Now your patrons can:


  • Create user profiles
  • Save searches
  • Generate customs search lists
  • Access a personalized home page

REFUSA HOW TO SETUPWant to learn more? Visit Hot Topic – How to Use the Databases – ReferenUSA to view videos and visit the ReferenceUSA YouTube Channel.

Important! New Zinio Getting Started Guide

zinio button3We have updated our Zinio Magazines Getting Started Guide. It can be found on the Zinio Hot Topic as well as in the Media Drop in the Zinio Marketing folder. Patrons can also download it from eRead Me Vegas, under the Getting Started section. Please be sure to get rid of all old guides and start using this new one.  There has been major changes!

If you plan on marketing Zinio Magazines on your print magazines section in the library, there are shelf-talkers available in the Media Drop.

Please note we have dropped some magazines and added new ones.

Here’s the list:
American History
Civil War Times
Gun Digest
Inc. Magazine
Military History
National Enquirer
Official Xbox Magazine
Paleo Magazine
PC Gamer (US Edition)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Soap Opera Digest
The New Republic
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Women’s Running
Writer’s Digest

DROP MAGAZINES (Back Issues Available)
4Wheel Drive Magazine
Girls’ Life
Good Housekeeping-BuenHogar
Ladies Home Journal
Men’s Journal
Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic
Popular Hot Rodding
Rolling Stone
Us Weekly
Spin to Win Rodeo
Algarabía Niños
Doanh Nhan
Hispanic Network Magazine
Muy Interesante – Mexico
Publishers Weekly
Reader’s Digest Chinese Edition
Reader’s Digest Hong Kong 讀者文摘香港版
Rod & Custom
Soccer America

World Vital Records Now MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritageLibraryWorld Vital Records was recently purchased by EBSCO. They have now launch it as MyHeritage Library Edition™ which has been created specifically for library patrons who are looking into their own roots or doing scholarly research of historical sources that document the lives of individuals and groups of people.

MyHeritage Library Edition was created to make it easier for people around the world to discover their heritage and strengthen their bonds with family and friends. My Heritage enables users of all ages and means to satisfy their curiosity and enjoy the thrill of discovering their family history at the click of a button.”

MyHeritage now offers libraries a one-stop shop to help families around the world effortlessly discover and preserve their unique history. Not only can they research original records, but the users can also access the family trees created by MyHeritage users around the world, enabling them to build connections and share research. Its flagship technologies, Smart Matching™ and Record Matching, connect family trees and relevant historical records; and the unique Record Detective™ technology takes research one step further by recommending additional records for each discovered record.

MyHeritage has the widest selection of historically valuable and internationally diverse genealogical content on the market today. Its intuitive interface is available in 40 languages, enabling researchers to seamlessly cross both geographical and language barriers. The data repository contains rich genealogical documents, including birth, death, and marriage records from 48 countries; the complete US and UK censuses; immigration, military, and burial records; and more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles created by users all from around the world. In addition to its already unparalleled collection of documents, MyHeritage Library Edition continues to add more than one million records each day.

For now you can still find a link under World Vital Records but there is also a link for MyHeritage Library Edition as well.

ReferenceUSA Personal Accounts

refusa new-picture-32If patrons wish to use the new feature Personal Accounts in ReferenceUSA, please have them use the second link on Databases A-Z tab R. ReferenceUSA will authenticate them on their end which will allow them to create a Personal Account to create a personal profile, save searches or search criteria to use on later searches. To learn more about how to use ReferenceUSA visit the Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases – ReferenceUSA

Library Databases Help! What’s available and how do I use them?

01-2015-JobNowThe Virtual Library is putting together a Hot Topic called How to Use the Library Databases. Here we will highlight videos, websites and/or guides on how to use each database we subscribe to during the year. Currently, BrainFuse and World Book Online pages are available. As the databases get renewed this spring we will be updating the Hot Topic. Please feel free to use these with staff and patrons as needed.

LearningExpress Updates for April

learning expressBeginning in April 2015, LearningExpress Library™ will have a new responsive design and a wide array of great new product enhancements and resources. Here are the highlights:

Responsive Design & More

They’ve improved performance, navigation, and usability—providing patrons with a superior experience on any device—including tablets, desktops, and smartphones.

  • The new responsive design gives users a fully optimized experience on any size screen or device.
  • Our new optimization technology has made LearningExpress Library™ faster than ever before.
  • The new advanced search engine delivers quicker, more comprehensive results.
  • Navigating the resource catalog has improved, for quicker and easier browsing.

Updates include new content:

New Practice Tests
They’ve added thirteen (13) new practice tests to the Career Center, including newly updated electrician’s licensing practice tests, three (3) sets of Praxis Core® practice tests (marking the complete replacement of Praxis I resources), and updated practice tests for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) exam. In addition, the College Preparation Center now has two (2) Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology practice exams.

New eBooks
Four (4) new Flash Review guides for the GED®  test and new editions of ASVAB Success, ASVAB Power Practice, Police Officer Exam, and Critical Thinking Skills in 20 Minutes a Day are the latest additions to our growing eBook collection.

New Common Core Resources
Thirty-six (36) new resources, aligned to the Common Core State Standards, have been added to the School Center. They include tutorials for middle school students and parents, and tutorials and practice tests for high school students.

For a complete listing of changes read the 2015 Product-Updates.

Hoopla’s New Interface Coming Soon!

hoopla bannerThe  Hoopla LightSpeed Release Information Sheet offers a quick, yet comprehensive, look at the features we think you’ll find most interesting, and is segregated by use purpose:

  • General LightSpeed Information
  • Information Libraries Can Use
  • Information Patrons Can Use

On top of these, two big changes that you and your patrons should know are:

  • Patrons will need to log in using their password (which they may or may not remember). hoopla will be glad to help in response to patron password inquiries.
  • Patrons (iOS users only) with active downloaded content will notice that updating to LightSpeed will delete their previous download (s). These are, however, still accessible, and only need to be re-downloaded – not re-borrowed – to enjoy offline.

    Please read and share the Hoopla LightSpeed Release Information Sheet with your colleagues.

HeritageQuest Getting a New Look March 4, 2015

proquest updateComing March 4, 2015!
HeritageQuest® Online, powered by Ancestry

Important changes to HeritageQuest Online are coming in March.

What does this mean for you?

This HeritageQuest Online transition to a new Ancestry interface will happen automatically—no changes will need to be made by you or your library on the transition date. The new version will result in a number of improvements that will make it easier to use, add new content, and help streamline the research process for genealogists.

For more details about the upcoming conversion, visit

Summary of key changes

hqoAccess: The conversion to the new version will be automatic. No changes will need to be made by libraries.
Authentication: All existing authentication methods will remain in place and intact, including static IP address, referring URL, barcode, and embedded username and password.
Browser Requirements: HeritageQuest Online will be optimized to perform best on current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or newer (we recommend IE 11+).
Content Enhancements: Including complete U.S. Federal Census 1790-1940 with images and every-name indexes for all decades, and much more.
Enhanced functionality: All-new image viewer with grayscale or color images.

Visit for the latest updates.

American Indian History Get’s a new look and features

American Indian history 2015 new lookAmerican Indian History has had a complete redesign and wealth of enhancements.
Download the product overview (PDF) and familiarize yourself with some of the key enhancements to the history databases:

  • More intuitive interface featuring a clean new design
  • Powerful cross-searching across all of your Infobase history products—plus a Universal Folder for saving items
  • Enhanced Topic Centers as well as new content
  • New SMART Board–friendly videos and slideshows created around specific themes and lesson topics
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • New tag “clouds” for all content, linking to other content with the same tags
  • Improved source pages
  • Correlated to all major educational standards
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats, with EasyBib export functionality
  • Translation and Read Aloud tools
  • New searchable Support Center with live help chat.

This Webinar provides a helpful overview of the redesigned history databases.

Click here to register:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 2:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (EST)

NCIS 2015 is here!

ncisThe 2015 release of the Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) is now live. This PDF- NCIS Whatsnew2015d highlights many of the new features in the system.  For those of you who are new to NCIS –  it is a comprehensive career guidance system used by jobseekers and students, and the many career development professionals who assist them,  to explore careers and postsecondary education and training options.  NCIS also contains assessments, sorting tools and information files on related topics such as conducting a job search or writing a resume.

To begin exploring:

  1. Go to Databases A-Z
  2. Select the “N” tab
  3. Select Nevada Career Information System

New HeritageQuest® Online, powered by Ancestry, coming soon!

heritage questEarly next year, HeritageQuest Online will be transitioning to a new interface, powered by Ancestry.

The new interface will provide users with an enhanced, more efficient search experience. Additionally, the transition will result in several new content enhancements to the HeritageQuest Online product.

Take a sneak peak at what’s coming at HeritageQuest Online Coming Soon.


Confused my Value Line’s new interface?

Value Line | Webinar

Preview the New Digital Platform | Scheduled For Release Summer 2014

Topic: Helping Your Patrons Use the Value Line Digital Platform
Jason Wiseberg, Executive Vice President – Sales
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
12:00 PM EDT (9:00 a.m. PDT)
Who should attend: Librarians, Library Administrators, and Library Educators specializing in digital resources

In an effort to provide the best customer service possible, this webinar will provide information on how to show your patrons the navigation of our new online platform. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Accessing the Value Line Classic PDF Reports
  • Viewing Weekly Research Updates and Commentary
  • Using the New Stock Screener
  • Understanding the Digital Research Report

We look forward to you joining us for this complimentary presentation which will help you maximize the benefits of your Value Line digital subscription.

If you need assistance, please contact

Please note that this webinar will not be recorded. For further assistance please visit our site to access our video tutorials.

Gale’s General Onfile & Power Search now interconnects to GVRL Titles

interlinkHow It Works

Unlike traditional web search engines, where clicking on a link takes your research in a completely new direction, InterLink allows you to continue your search – both expanding and narrowing your options – and keeps you within the accredited and trusted resources of your library’s holdings.

InterLink technology connects current articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals with contextual reference content found within eBooks on GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library), Gale’s eBook platform. Its document-level hyperlinking is now available free across all Gale InfoTrac periodical products, such as Gale’s Power Search and General Onefile, with plans to incorporate InterLink technology into other resources.

In an article from your search results set you will now see blue links within the body of an article.  These blue links provide a link(s) to the Library’s GVRL title(s) within our collection.
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Clicking the link takes you to the GVRL eBook and the location with in the eBook which discusses the topic.

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