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.

How to Use the New ValueLine Platform – Webinar

valueline webinarTopic: How to Use the New Digital Platform — Part 1
Host: Jason Wiseberg, Executive Vice President – Sales
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM EDT (Noon PDT)

Value Line is proud to announce that their new digital platform is now available. This webinar will provide information on how to navigate the new online interface specifically addressing the needs of library staff. Topics to be covered will include:

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



Value Line’s New Look! Take a sneak peak at what’s coming later this summer!

valueline new platformHost: Jason I. Wiseberg, Executive Vice President – Sales

Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM EST (10 a.m. PDT)

Who should attend: Individual Investors, Libraries

Please join us Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST to view a demonstration of how to use our new digital platform that will streamline your investment strategies and bring Value Line’s proprietary research into greater focus. This webinar will introduce the following new features:

  • The Digital Value Line report
  • Watchlists
  • Screens
  • Charting

The new digital platform will be rolling out to all current online subscribers shortly so please join us to become familiar with the new enhancements that will help you maximize your research subscription.
Reserve your virtual seat today!
If you need assistance, please contact


Webinar on EBSCO health Resources

EBSCO healthThis session will focus on the content found in EBSCO health resources available to public library patrons. You will learn about searching in both Health Source versions: Consumer Edition and Nursing/Academic Edition.  You will also see how easy it is to include other EBSCO databases that might be relevant to a particular health-related topic.
The online session is on Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 10:00 AM PDT registration is required.

Getting Started Guides for Users

fillup your deviceWith Christmas only two weeks away, your patrons will be bring in their new devices to learn how to download eBooks, eAudio Books, Freegal Music and Zinio Magazines. So it’s time to get prepared! Below are the official LVCCLD getting started guides for these library resources.  Please use them with your patrons.

The first three getting started guides below are also in the eMedia Drop in the Getting Started folder.

Getting Started Guides

For eBooks on all devices – eBook Downloading 101 v.2014

For tablets owners don’t forget to to tell them about how to get free magazines to keep from the Library. Getting Started with Zinio

Did they get a new tablet, MP3 player or iPod? Do they want to listen to eAudio books or music?

Give them:  How to Download eAudio Books

Hot Topics

For free music to keep : Freegal Music – There’s an App for That!

If they don’t have a clue how their new device works direct them to our Technology Hot Topic – Computers, Tablets & The Internet which has very short videos on the basic of using an iPad or Android tablet.

Money Smart Week

MlogoMoney Smart Week is just around the corner. Are you ready? During April 20-27, organizations around the country will be educating individuals on a variety of personal finance topics. Morningstar has two special events this year which you may want to promote.

The first event will be Wednesday, April 24th at 5:30pm Central. Morningstar’s Christine Benz and Adam Zoll will discuss how to prepare your finances for life events ranging from college planning to saving for retirement. Watch the live stream video or the recording.

In addition to their regular training sessions, they are offering a special Money Smart Week training for Morningstar Investment Research Center users. Login to the webinar and call in to their teleconference on Friday, April 26th at 12pm Central. They’ll focus on navigating the database, using the screening and portfolio analysis tools, and where to find helpful information.

Want to spread the word at your library? Print or post their overview sheet with more detailed information:

And don’t forget to utilize their new Investing for the Long Run book  – A free guide with strategies and solutions to help you shape up your personal finances – to promote Money Smart Week to your community!


ReferenceUSA Training Classes

ReferenceUSA is hosting a series of three online training classes on how to use the database for job hunting and starting or growing a business. The information for the sessions will be posted on the Librarian’s Brain blog this week starting later today through Friday. (see Facebook/lvccldlibrary for the first posting).

Classes will be repeated throughout November and December.  The online classes use WebEx software.

These classes are designed for patrons but staff are welcome to attend as well.

eBooks on Kindle eReaders and Other Devices

Staff members need to keepup-to-date about what is happening with eBooks and eReaders.  How it all works with library eBooks and eReaders is a moving target that the Virtual Library works hard to keep up with. We maintain a blog called eRead Me Vegas  and the FAQs, Tips & Tricks blog linked off it.  The information on theses blogs is the best information available for both staff and patrons. We highly recommend staff be  familiar with what is there so they can refer patrons to it for help. We have both staff and patrons asking about the Kindle and how to get library eBooks onto their Kindle.

The Kindle is much easier than the other eReaders.

  1. Patrons need to check out an eBook from the eMedia catalog.
  2. Click the Get for Kindle button after the checkout session is completed. Once clicked they are taken to their Amazon account where they
  3. Select the Kindle device they want to send it to.
  4. Then start their Kindle on a WiFi network (NOT 3G). Once they do that the ebook automatically syncs to the Kindle.

There is handout for patrons on just the Kindle here

Also, there is a video for patrons to view here

You need to direct Kindle patrons  to these resources if they ask you questions.

After following these steps, if they have specific issues then direct them to the Virtual Library at 507-6300.

In January and February, there will be more hands on classes for eBook downloading.  Look for those classes in the Events Collector.  Staff are welcome to attend these classes as well as patrons.

For those patrons looking to buy an eReader workshops start next month in November and December, look for How to buy an eReader in the Events Collector. Staff are also welcome to attend.

In the near future, I will add both eRead Me Vegas and the FAQs, Tips and Tricks to the Blogsphere on Voyage for those of you who don’t do RSS feeds.

In the meantime, you may want to bookmark these sites in your browser on your staff public services computers for handy access.

Fayetteville Public Library Hosts Open House to Showcase Various E-Resources

Marketing for Libraries

Transitioning from tried and tested print subscriptions to online resources can be difficult for some library patrons. Staff members at the Fayetteville Public Library in Arkansas assessed their marketing strategies and tactics in order get their users accustomed to the number of research databases available without a trip to the library under their FPL+ Online portal.

Fayetteville staff members were particularly creative in developing an eight-week program to showcase the great e-resources featured in FPL+ Online. This open house–“It’s a digital world, and FPL is here to help you!” featured a different database every session to highlight the simple yet extensive features you can access right from your own home. In the first weeks of the program, Fayetteville Public Library found that the interactive sessions were just as useful to staff members across departments as they were for the everyday patron. (Let me know if there is interest in this type of program in your library – Lauren) Continue reading

Hamilton East Public Library Helps Those Still Struggling With Their Employment Search

Marketing for Libraries

The United States has seen an uplift in unemployment news in recent months. With the national unemployment rate falling under 9% for the first time in nearly two years and the number of those filing for unemployment benefits continuing a slow downward trend, many Americans are finally returning to work. However, the discouraged workers from 2008 and 2009 remain pessimistic with their latest unsuccessful job searches.

This is where the staff at Hamilton East Public Library of Noblesville, Ind., steps in. Department head Linda Shaw explains the various services that the library has to offer its job-seeking patrons. First and foremost, the staff starts with an educational base. The library’s Outreach Department offers classes on basic computer skills, Microsoft applications, and job searching on the Internet. Hamilton East is also partnering with Work One, an Indiana program that helps citizens assess their skills and find a job to match them.

Going beyond basic education, the Hamilton East staff offers a plethora of online resources. Job listings (state, federal, and national), resume and cover letter advice, relocation information, salary statistics, and interviewing tips are available to the public through the library website.

Another surprising yet valuable source for patrons seeking employment opportunities is the Morningstar Stock Screener. The Stock Screener (on the Home page under Companies) allows patrons to identify their criteria concerning geographic location, specific industry, size of company, and financial stability of the company. This permits library members to narrow down prospective employers and begin evaluating potential company profiles.

According to Shaw, feedback from job-hunters has been overwhelmingly positive. Despite recent employment statistics indicating a slowly improving labor market, the staff members at Hamilton East Public Library remain dedicated to easing the stress of job-seekers by simplifying their search and improving their computer-based literacy.

May: Healthy Vision Month

From The Pulse – Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Here is another idea for incorporating health programming into your overall library programming strategy. Keep looking  for us on the first of each month to find programming ideas for three months out. (Still working on March or April programming? See March Nutrtion and St. Patrick’s Day and April Autism Awareness Month.)

May is Healthy Vision Month.  According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vision disability is among the top ten disabilities affecting those 18 and older and the single most common disability among children. Furthermore, close to three and a half million people over age 40 are severely visually impaired, including those who are blind, and one in twelve people with diabetes over age 40 has diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness.

Many debilitating visual health problems are preventable, however, and, fortunately, promoting Healthy Vision Month at your library will be easy with these free resources:

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages, puzzles,  activity booklets, bookmarks, and educational materials for children and adults
  • Featured Resources: books, free information, and organizations to contact
  • Book Club: book and movie discussion group ideas and resources
  • Tie Ins: to traditional library programming
  • Community Resources: local eye health resources
  • Publicity Resources: web banners, press releases, non-copyrighted photos, and more
  • Fun Stuff: fun, interactive links

Quick and Easy

Printable Coloring Pages, Puzzles, Activity Booklets, Bookmarks, and Educational Materials for Children and Adults:

From the National Institute of Health’s National Eye Institute:

From “Eye Didn’t Know That,” a public health campaign from Transitions Optical, Inc.

More Quick and Easy Printables:

Featured Resources

Books, Links to Free Information, and Organizations to Contact:

Books for All Ages

Free Information Promoting Healthy Vision

Is the book checked out? Check these out instead.

  • Brochures and Fact Sheets from the National Institute of Health’s National Eye Institute – available as downloads or to order.
  • Vision Aware:  The Self-Help Resource Center For Vision Loss

Organizations to Contact

Free information and resources:

Book Club

Observe Healthy Vision Month this May by choosing one of these vision related books or movies for your children’s, teen, or adult discussion group:

Tie Ins

May celebrates Mother’s Day!  You can bring together Healthy Vision Awareness and Mother’s Day with these crafty gifts:

Community Resources

Find a professional to speak at your library or find help for your library customers.

Publicity Resources

Use this free material alongside your library’s May programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and healthy vision month.

Fun Stuff

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add some fun to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:

Library Programming: ‘Muffins and the Market’

Marketing for Libraries

Patrons of Portage District Library Use ‘Muffins and the Market’ Investment Group

Staff members at the Portage District Library in Michigan go above and beyond for their patrons. One of their most successful programs is an investment and discussion group, Muffins and the Market. Business and reference librarian Nicolette Sosulski explains how the group sessions affect those patrons who look to further their knowledge of the investment world.

Almost four years ago, the group was introduced by Warren Fritz, a veteran investment broker who desired to teach fellow patrons how to use investment resources. The Portage staff shared his interest, forming the Muffins and the Market group. As Sosulski says, “I personally believe that the mission of a library must include educating the public enough to ask tough questions of the professionals with whom they interact–be they investment brokers, medical specialists, lawyers, et cetera.” Meeting twice every month, the group discusses a certain aspect of the market and investment information resources.

Participants have been very receptive to the program. A useful contributor to the meetings is Morningstar Investment Research Center. Stock and fund charts along with the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) examination in the analyst reports prove to be most valuable. Out of all the databases that the Portage library employs, patrons tend to lean toward Morningstar Investment Research Center for reliable financial resources.

Muffins and the Market is not the only successful program that attracts business and investing patrons to Portage District Library. Sosulski and the rest of the staff host an investment program geared for teens that uses National Endowment for Financial Education resources. Speakers from the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Regulators come to the library and offer one-on-one counseling for patrons. Sosulski also teaches a monthly market research class in addition to other services directed toward business patrons.

Why are Sosulski and the Portage District Library so intent on providing all these financial education services to their patrons? Because, she says, “Having this wealth of investment information and instruction made a dollars-and-sense, real-world difference to each of them.”

If you would like further marketing ideas or material to help promote Morningstar Investment Research Center at your library–or for materials you can use on your own staff training site–contact

Money Smart Week

The American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are recognizing April 2-9 as Money Smart Week at your library. This is a week for libraries to help promote financial literacy and hold programs designed to help consumers manage their personal finances.

Morningstar Library Services will be participating in Money Smart Week with a free webinar, Investing 101: Simple Strategies to Get Started in the World of Investing. The session will cover the basics of how to start investing, including why you should invest, determining your investment goals, and finding the right mix of stocks, bonds, and other investments for you using Morningstar research.

The session will be done via the web, so it should be accessible from any location with a computer. This is an event that you can hold as a large group at the library or promote to patrons to attend on their own. Also during Money Smart Week, we will have our regular database training session, which can be attended by anyone as well.

Morningstar Investment Research Center web training will be held April 7 at 11 a.m. Central time. Investing 101 will be held April 8 at 11 a.m. Central time. Patrons can register by e-mailing and mention Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

March: National Nutrition Month® and St. Patrick’s Day

Here are ideas from The Pulse – Health and Wellness Resource Center by Julie Evanchek  for incorporating health programming into your overall library programming strategy. March is National Nutrition Month®, and the American Dietetic Association’s 2011 theme is “Eat Right with Color.” Adding color – especially green – to your library will be easy with these great resources:

Quick and Easy

Printable Activities, Coloring Pages, and Bookmarks and also a few Quick and Easy Programming Ideas for Children and Teens:

Printable Activities to Use with Picture Books

Other Printable Activities for Children

Printable Bookmarks

Programming Ideas for Children and Teens

Featured Resources

Nutrition Book Reviews, More Nutrition Books, Ready Reference Web Sites, and Interactive Websites for all ages.

Book Reviews

Books for Every Age

Ready Reference Online

  • American Dietetic Association: “food and nutrition information you can trust”
  • Feeding America: Find a local food bank for someone in need or someone who wants to volunteer.
  • The Food Timeline : What did the Pilgrims eat at the first Thanksgiving? When was ice cream invented? What is plum pudding? Don’t be stumped. If you don’t find your answer here, someone at The Food Timeline will answer your question for free.

Interactive Web Sites for Every Age

  • MyPyramid Plan for Your Preschoolers: where parents can create a customized eating plan for their preschoolers.
  • Zis Boom Bah: where “It’s ok to play with your food!”
  • Best Bones Forever: where girls and their BFFs can “grow strong together and stay strong forever!”
  • Food and Nutrition at BAM!: where kids and teens can “separate food fact from food fiction to look good and feel fabulous.”
  • Papaya Head: where parents can plan meals, enter and analyze their recipes, find recipes, and create shopping lists based on their custom profile.
  • MyPyramid: where anyone can create their own food pyramid and eating plan based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Book Club

Observe National Nutrition Month® this March by choosing one of these nutrition related books or movies for your Teen or Adult book or movie discussion group:



Tie Ins

Readers Theater

Teach Reading by Putting on a Play.” Readers theater is a fun way for kids to perform without having to memorize. Kids love it, and it has been shown to improve reading skills and fill emotional needs. Kids can write their own scripts, but many are already published, including “Snack Attack” by Cara Bafile, written for 3rd-6th graders and perfect for National Nutrition Month®.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day and National Nutrition Month® naturally go together since practically every green food is good for you. Incorporating nutrition into children’s activities at your library will be easy with these resources:

Community Resources

  • Find a local ADA registered dietitian or spokesperson to present at your library.
  • Join the Hunger Action Center to help start solving the problem of hunger in your community.
  • Hold a Food for Fines Week at your library. For each canned good participants bring in, forgive $1.00 in fines. Then take the donations to a local food bank. Feeding America’s website makes finding one easy. And a customizable press release provided by Gale’s Health and Wellness Resource Center (see Press Releases below) will make your “Food for Fines” Week easy to publicize.

Publicity Resources

Press Releases

Free Graphics

  • Add MyPyramid graphics from the USDA to online or print publications

Free Widgets

Tips and Questions of the Day

During the month of March, add a new nutrition tip or trivia question to your library Facebook page, Twitter feed, or blog every day:

Fun Stuff

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add some fun to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:

Interactive Nutrition Games for Kids

  • Hungry Hiker: Build a healthy meal that will take your hiker to the top of the mountain.
  • Smash Your Food: Guess how many sugar cubes, salt shakes, and teaspoons of oil are in the food that you choose, and then smash it to see if you are right.
  • MyPyramid Blast Off : Your mission: to fuel up your MyPyramid rocket ship with enough smart food choices and physical activity to fly to Planet Power!
  • Fizzy’s Lunch Lab: Fun games, songs, recipes, and videos.

Interactive Information

Saving Libraries

There’s an article in the Wilmington (NC) Star News titled “A kids’ performer turned Internet hip-hop star just might save libraries.”

An excerpt:

“Scott Hayes, aka Scooter Hayes, aka Melville Dewey, is without a doubt the greatest library rapper of all time. In fact, he’s the only library rapper of all time, as far as he knows. And this almost never happened.”



New Videos

On The Librarian’s Brain – How-to-Videos page I have added additional videos on how to use Gale databases for U.S. History in Context and World History in Context.

There are three videos for each database and all of them are very short – less than 3 minutes each.  These videos are great for Library Staff as well as your patrons to get a snapshot of how to use these great databases.

Check them out today!

Video How-To for eBooks & eAudio Books

On the FAQs, Tips & Tricks page of eRead Me Vegas we now have a Video How-To tab which contains a collection of videos which show patrons how to install software and download eMedia titles to their devices.  There is also a Nook troubleshooting video.

If you patrons asking questions, please refer them to eRead Me Vegas – FAQs, Tips & Tricks for assistance.  Jon White is available as well for extra help.


eBooks Readers Popping Up Everywhere

Yesterday, Barnes & Nobles introduced NookColor with eBooks and magazines in full color.  They also have a new site called NookKid with 12,000 books for kids and a growing number of these books are interactive.

I will be covering this new addition to the ebook reader lineup as well as the new Kobo and Pandigital Novel Personal Reader in my upcoming workshops

November 3,  10:30am – Sahara West

November 18, 10:30am – Centennial Hills Library

December 1, 10:30am Summerlin

How to Buy an eBook Reader

Looking to buy an eBook Reader and don’t know which one to choose?

I can help! Attend one of three eBook Reader Workshops offered in November and December and learn which eBook Reader meets your needs. You will also learn how to download eBooks from the Library’s eMedia Catalog for free!

Join us for an informative workshop on one of these dates:

November 3, 2010 – Sahara West Library 10:30am – 11:30am

November 18, 2010 – Centennial Hills Library 10:30am – 11:30am

December 1, 2010 – Summerlin Library 10:30am – 11:30am