Recently the Virtual Library launched a Smashwords portal on the Hot Topic – Writing and Publishing. This portal is for authors who are looking to sell their books, including marketing their book to libraries. You can read more about the Smashwords co-branding in the article Public Libraries Embracing Self-Publishing Services.
Meadows Library create a DVD of ‘ads’ to run on their flat screen TV. Check out the pictures for a sample of what’s on the DVD. If you are interested in creating a your own branch DVD ads contact me (Lauren firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Virtual Library and I’ll send you a template Powerpoint and directions on how to create the automatic rotating DVD.
There’s still time to sign up for a free August Webinar and brush up on the outstanding features and content that make Infobase Learning’s streaming Science Online so valuable all year round. This database is great for science experiments for students. So if you have not used it lately or need to brush up on your database skills this is a great opportunity.
Register now! Space is limited. There is no charge to attend. Click on the link below to registered.
SCIENCE ONLINE: Free Training Webinar
Available for viewing on your branch’s iPad!
Below is a summary of updates for our eMedia Catalog that are planned for release on June 19:
- Users will be able to search by ISBN via the Advanced Search.
- The Wish List will be updated in the following ways:
o All lists (including Wish List, Recommended for you, etc.) will be presented upon clicking ‘Lists’ under ‘Account’ (previously the lists were in a drop down menu).
o Users will be able to borrow, sample, share, add to Wish List, and see title details all directly from the cover image (same changes that were made throughout the site in the previous release).
o There will be an option to filter the Wish List by titles that are available now.
- Bug fixes
This week’s winner is Leah Ciminelli at Spring Valley Library, congratulations!
Remember to play Week 7 and please put Week 7 in the subject line of your entry.
Those of you who choose Artemis got the summary as the first result. It’s interesting to see the variety of resources used to get the answer. You all did a great job!
Some of you may have noticed the new Jobs and Internships module in ReferenceUSA. This module has the ability to search for jobs by job type, keyword, company, salary estimate and geographic area. ReferenceUSA is looking for input on developing this module with additional features. If you could answer the two questions below and send your responses to Isabel Boylan at email@example.com by October 2nd, I would really appreciate it.
- What do you think of the new module?
- What types of additional features or tools would you like to see added?
Thank you for your input.
WebJunction will host a webinar on Wednesday, August 28 at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern regarding libraries and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please join us for this interactive session, where we will discuss strategies for libraries to identify ACA resources, hear from libraries that are working to prepare for patron requests, and obtain key policy and resource updates from ACA experts.
For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/Libraries_and_ACA_Resources.html
Infopeople is working with NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region to collect and share information related to the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to the efforts of NN/LM PSR Consumer Health & Technology Coordinator Kelli Ham, a LibGuide with information resources for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now available from the “Quick Links” menu of the NN/LM PSR home page. Check it out by visiting http://guides.nnlm.gov/psr/aca! It will be updated as additional information becomes available.
An IMLS cooperative agreement with OCLC’s WebJunction will result in online educational webinars, tip sheets and other resources to help library staff members respond to increased patron information needs related to the Health Insurance Marketplace. These resources include:
- Sign-up opportunity for anyone interested in receiving project activity updates, new online resources, webinar registrations and archived webinar recordings from WebJunction;
- FAQs for library staff with more information about WebJunction resources and the Health Insurance Marketplace;
- The link to the primary U.S. government online tool for delivering information to Americans about their healthcare options;
- Info widgets for library websites, which will lead users directly to U.S. government info, available in English and in Spanish.
You may have noticed that there have been some new offerings with ReferenceUSA. The latest enhancement is Data Visualization – more specifically, the ability for you to now see data in a new way. We know that a lot of folks will download large lists of data that they in turn will use to create charts and tables to include in presentations and reports. Coupled with that is their discussions on just how much data they can move – now by being able to easily extrapolate this data into Heat Maps, Pie Charts and Bar Graphs, the need to download copious amounts of records is dissipated. To learn more about it read Data Visualization
Is there any interest in having ReferenceUSA come out and do training in Early May on this new feature and ReferenceUSA?
If so, please post your interest on this post in the comment section.
Downloads have been increased to 250 internal and 50 external. Please past this on to your users.
Hopefully, this week OverDrive will be removing the Library District selection option from the eMedia Catalog. Once removed, users will only need to input their library card number and zip code.
Also, there is a known issue with placing holds on some of the metered access titles such as Random House titles. OverDrive is working on a solution.
This week, all eyes in the tech world are focused on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where manufacturers are vying to unveil the Next Big Thing. This year, the most exciting gadgets share a common thread—they’re smart, responsive and connected. From the Hapifork—a data-collecting, web-enabled utensil that vibrates when you eat too quickly—to the Razer Edge gaming device that converts from tablet to game console to PC, the latest gadgets harness the power of the Internet in creative new ways.
In the world of eBooks, we’re seeing a similar trend towards responsive design. McGraw-Hill introduced an eBook capable of adapting to a student’s learning patterns; PaperTabs unveiled paper-thin, flexible tablets that join together to create bigger displays, exchange information with a simple tap, and take other UI cues from old-fashioned paper. Read more.. At CES, Limitless Possibilities for Library eBooks.
You will learn about all the great new features available now in ReferenceUSA.
If you would like to join us just RSVP to Lynn at either firstname.lastname@example.org or x6300.
Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol 322
Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism Vol 257
Poetry Criticism Vol 128
Poetry Criticism Vol 129
Short Story Criticism Vol 166
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Vol 266
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Vol 267
Contemporary Musicians, Vol. 73
Nook Information – this document provides your patrons with some very important information on how to care for their Nook and how to use it.
This year’s ALA Virtual Library conference is July 18th and 19th (Wednesday and Thursday). HR has agreed to cover the cost of the conference. In order to register, I need some idea of how many people are interested in attending and where they are interested in viewing the conference. Currently, the conference programs are not available so the poll is to gauge your interest, you are not committing to attending.
Please take the poll by May 25th so we can get your input.
About the conference:
Framing the ALA Virtual Conference on July 18 and 19, 2012, “Mapping Transformation” hosts keynote speakers and interactive 45-minute Web sessions providing insights from experts and offering opportunities for conversation around key issues related to transformation in libraries.
Speakers include: George Needham and Joan Frye Williams on Libraries in a Post-Print World; Lee Rainie (Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project), on the rise of e-books and next steps in the Project’s research on the evolving role of libraries; Brian Mathews, Jamie LaRue, Emily Dowdall (Senior Associate- Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative), Nate Hill, and others on transformative thinking and activity in libraries, and more.
And back by popular demand–30-minute author lunches hosted by Booklist editors Brad Hooper (talking with Katherine Boo) and Donna Seaman.
The archive of ALA Virtual Conference will be available free to registrants for up to six months, and also free after the event to all full registrants of ALA Annual Conference.
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A staff member this weekend had this question:
I had a patron call today (Saturday) who had her library card# replaced. She had an eBook placed on hold with the previous number. The Circ staff told her all her holds would switch-over to the new number. However, apparently this doesn’t apply to eMedia holds since the website displayed, something to the effect of, eBook hold was placed with other library number, thus it wouldn’t allow her to download the book.
Is this an error or do patrons have to have the number they originally set the hold with in order to download the hold item?
When you replace a patron’s barcode number, our eMedia Catalog and Overdrive have no idea this happened. If the patron has holds on eBooks or eAudio books, you or the patron needs to contact the Virtual Library with:
- the patron’s old barcode number,
- the new number
- and the titles of books on their request list from the eMedia Catalog.
The Virtual Library will need to contact OverDrive and get the requests transferred to the new barcode number.
Awards Announced at ALA Midwinter
If you’re wondering who walked away with the Newberry or Caldecott Medals this year, NoveList has the information you need. From the More drop-down menu at the top, left-hand corner, click the Awards/Notable Books link. Then, simply type the name of the award you’re looking for in the Browse for box, and click Search. The award list will be at top of your Result List.
Here is the seventh installment of ideas for incorporating health programming into your overall library programming strategy. Keep looking for these posts on the first of each month to find programming ideas for three months out. Still working on spring and programming? See June: National Home Safety Month, and July: National UV Safety Month.
Immunizations are one of the easiest ways that we can protect ourselves and our families from deadly diseases. The vaccines that are offered today prevent the deaths of an estimated 42,000 children each year in the United States alone. Yet, some preventable diseases — whooping cough, for example — have been making a comeback because some children are not vaccinated and also because some adults have not gotten vaccination boosters.
With August inspiring the back to school mindset, it is the perfect time to get the vaccination discussion going at your library, and promoting National Immunization Awareness Month will be easy with these free resources:
- Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages, puzzles, activity booklets and more for children; puzzles, immunization recordkeepers and more for adults.
- Featured Resources: books, information, and organizations to contact
- Book Club: book discussion group ideas
- Tie Ins: to traditional August library programming
- Community Resources: local vaccination resources
- Publicity Resources: free graphics, web banners and buttons, press releases, Twitter tweets, and more
- Fun Stuff: fun, interactive links
Quick and Easy
- Getting a Shot: You Can Do It!coloring page from PBS Kids
- It Might Hurt a Little Bit, But It’s Going to Help a Whole Lot! coloring page from PBS Kids
- Salk Polio Vaccine coloring page
- Prevention Connection coloring page from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
- Immunization Action Coalition Superhero coloring page
- Immunization Coloring Page from Milvax
- Your Friends at the Zoo Say Immunize By Two! coloring book in English
- Your Friends at the Zoo Say Immunize by Two! coloring book in Spanish
Puzzles and Activities for Children:
- Be Wise – Immunize! activity book – includes “connect the chicken pox”! from the North Dakota Department of Health
- Freddie Fox Gets His Chicken Pox Shots activity book
- Hepatitis B Crossword, Word Search, and Student Worksheet
- Immunization Health Word Scramble from Milvax
- Immunization Health Word Search from Milvax
Bookmarks and Other Printables for Children:
- Getting a Shot: You Did It! certificate from PBS Kids
- Your Zoo Friends All Chime, Get Immunized on Time! full color – from Vaccinate Your Baby
- Flu Myths and Facts bookmark – full color
Puzzles and Activities for Teens and Adults:
- Immunization Information and Word Search from Blue Care Network of Michigan
- Preventable Diseases Crossword Puzzle from Milvax
- Vaccination Crossword Puzzles archive from Milvax
Easy Immunization Recordkeeping and Other Printables for Adults:
- Vaccination Administration Record for Children and Teens from the CDC (updated March 2011)
- Vaccination Administration Record for Adults from Immunization Action Coalition (updated March 2011)
- 2011 Recommended Vaccinations for Children from Birth through Six Years, from the CDC, parent version (updated March 2011)
- When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations? from the CDC (updated March 2011)
- When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations? from the CDC in in Spanish (updated January 2010)
- What Vaccinations do Adults Need? from the Immunization Action Coalition (updated December 2010)
Books for Children and Adults
Immunization Reference Information Links
- What is the History of Vaccines? from the College Physicians of Philadelphia
- What Diseases Can Be Prevented by Vaccines? from the Immunization Action Coalition
- Where Can I Find Immunization Records? information from the CDC
- What Does Whooping Cough sound like?
- Ask the Experts at the CDC
- Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations from the CDC
- Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations from the Washington State Department of Health. Links to both English and Spanish PDFs
Organizations to Contact
- American Academy of Family Physicians: Immunizations
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Immunization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccines and Immunizations
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Vaccine Information Center
- Families Fighting Flu
- Food and Drug Administration: Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
- Immunization Action Coalition
- Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
- National Network for Immunization Information
- Parents of Kids with Infections Diseases
- Voices for Vaccines
Observe National Immunization Awareness Month this August by choosing one of these discussion-provoking books for your summer book club:
Adult Book Club
- Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston. New York, NY : Headline, © 2002. Is a smallpox super-virus a real threat? Discussion Questions
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks ( audio book edition) by Rebecca Skloot. New York: Crown Publishers, © 2010. The true story of HeLa cells, which were vital to the development of the polio vaccine, and the woman who unknowingly donated these immortal cells to science. BBC documentary about Henrietta Lacks: The Way of All Flesh, HeLa Timeline from Wired, Discussion Questions
Teen Book Club
- Code Orange by Caroline Cooney. New York, NY: Delacorte Press, © 2005. While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs. Has he infected New York City?
August means back to school!
August really is the perfect month to promote Immunization Awareness with everyone thinking about school (parents at least!) August is also the perfect time to get parents (who may have skipped summer reading) to think about the library again. Promote your library and Immunization Awareness with free vaccinations at your library on their own or in combination with your back to school events. See Community Resources on this page for links to state agencies, Publicity Resources for free promotional resources, and Quick and Easy for coloring pages to entertain children while they’re waiting.
Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources here:
- Association of State and Territories Health Officials. Find your state health agency.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: immunization activities and initiatives by state.
- Flu Clinic Locator
- State and Local Government Resources listings and links provided by Every Child Before Two
- Military Vaccination Clinic Finder
- State Health Departments from the CDC
- Vaccines for Children Program and VFC Coordinators by state
Use this free material alongside your library’s August programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or flyers – to promote both your library’s programs and National Immunization Awareness Month.
- CDC Pre-Teen Vaccination Campaign web banners and buttons, posters, PSAs and radio scripts
- History of Vaccines badges
- National Immunization Awareness Month 2011 Toolkit from healthfinder.gov:
- Vaccinate Your Baby buttons, business cards, PSAs, and copy and paste newsletter text
Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add some fun and helpful interactive links to a library program, your library website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:
- Play Super Duper Antibodies! game from PBS Kids
- Play Illsville: Fight the Disease “an immersive game that takes you through the historical development of a society as it fights disease and tries to develop vaccines to protect the population” from the College of Physicians of Philadelphaia
- Pioneer Breakthroughs: Match the Disease to the Vaccine Creator from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
- Get Vaxed an fun, informational website for teens and young adults
- Google Flu Trends local and world flu trends
- History of Vaccines Timelines from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
- Learn Actively: Herd Immunity, Koch’s Postulates, Understanding Vaccination Risks, How Vaccines Work, History of the Immunization Schedule, Scientific Method, How Vaccines are Made, Types of Vaccines
- What Vaccinations do YOU Need? interactive quiz from the CDC
Interactive Immunization Schedulers
- Personalized Immunization Scheduler from babycenter.com
- Vaccinate Your Baby widget vaccination scheduler for smart phone orPC from Vaccinate Your Baby
- Childhood Immunization Scheduler from the CDC
- Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler for children six years and under from the CDC
- Adolescent Immunization Scheduler from the CDC
- Adult Immunization Scheduler from the CDC
Provided by Health and Wellness Resource Center.
Congratulations to Las Vegas Clark County Library – winner of our inaugural Build a Bridge to Your Library Contest! http://bit.ly/eQ39I1