AR Lists on eMedia Catalogs

AR ListsWe have a new feature in OverDrive which I was able to use to create a group of books by AR levels. On the Kids eReading Room under Collections you will find 4 AR lists.

On the main eMedia Catalog there are two AR Lists for teens.

The lists are arranged by AR level. When you see the alphabet start over that is the next level i.e. 1.0-1.9, 2.0-2.9, and etc.

These are static lists so I will need to check them on a regular bases to add new titles to the lists.

Remember students can always use Advance Search to select an ATOS (AR) level and find books for their reading level.

Please let your patrons know about these lists and I hope you find them useful.


Helping Patrons with eMedia? Get the Device Guides!

kindlefire getting started picOn a Kindle Fire does the user use Kindle eBooks or ePUB eBooks?

This is just one question which can be confusing to library staff and patrons alike. There is quick help available to keep you straight. Visit the Media Drop and checkout the Device Guides folder. Inside you will find guides written by Virtual Library staff as well as a folder called Device Specific Guides. These sheets are provided by OverDrive and are short and sweet guides to each type of device out there.

You may want to print some and hand them out to your staff and patrons alike so you can provide better customer service.

Remember, if your not sure contact the Virtual Library at x6300 and we will help you.

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.


Save Your iPad Battery Tips

apple-ipad-2How to Get the Most From Your Battery
There are 3 things that will deplete your battery life quickly – videos, brightness, and wifi. If you turned off the wifi, didn’t watch any videos, and reduced the screen brightness to its lowest level – your iPad battery would last about a week of regular daily use before it needed charging. At full brightness, with wifi on, and constantly watching videos, you can probably get about 6 solid hours out of it.

Batteries do get less effective as they get older, and 100% in a year’s time may mean half as much battery life as it does now – but there are precautions you can take to reduce the aging effects on your battery.

  • Don’t charge your battery all the time just because it isn’t at 100%
  • Use the iPad until the battery is 100% depleted. If possible, leave it for an hour after depletion.
  • When charging, allow it to charge fully back to 100%
  • Heat will also decrease your battery life, so take your iPad out of the case while charging.
  • Don’t leave the iPad plugged into a sleeping computer, as the battery will drain.By taking these steps you can ensure the battery is fully “cycled” every time and should have minimal loss of battery life. Remember, every time you charge the device it will hold a little less charge, so avoid charging when it isn’t necessary.

New OverDrive Read Available October 15, 2014

ODR 10_2014OverDrive has announce that a new version of OverDrive Read, the browser-based eBook reading experience, is coming on October 15, 2014.

Earlier this year, OverDrive introduced support for fixed layout eBooks using EPUB3 and HTML5 technology, which allows books never before available in eBook format to be enjoyed digitally. The fixed layout nature honors the book’s original layout, image display, and fonts which are required for titles like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, and Humans of New York. This update means that never-available-before eBooks like these are now available to our! Textbooks, children’s classics, cookbooks, travel guides, and more can now be enjoyed on any web-enabled device using OverDrive Read.

The enhanced OverDrive Read reading experience that is currently used for fixed layout eBooks will soon be extended to all eBooks. The interface eliminates distraction from the page layout because the newly-designed menu is now behind the eBook pages rather than to the right of the book. The new OverDrive Read also offers a two-page display on large screens for a true reading experience, and a single-page view on smaller screens (unless otherwise required by the publisher).

ODR 2This update retains all of the great features your users are currently enjoying in OverDrive Read, such as the ability to read offline, bookmarks, notes, search, and custom readability options. And, best of all, OverDrive Read is available with just one-click in any major modern web browser, and doesn’t require any software installation or device registration.

In order to adopt this new technology required to support fixed layout eBooks, OverDrive Read will no longer work in older versions of Internet Explorer (i.e., any IE version less than version 10) beginning October 15. Less than 0.2% of OverDrive Read usage is from a version of IE less than 10, so the few users impacted by this change will simply need to upgrade to a newer version of IE or switch to the most current versions of Chrome, Firefox, Android, Safari, or the standard browsers on devices like Kindle and Nook.

Meadows Library DVD Idea for Your Library

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 in the Virtual Library and I’ll send you a template Powerpoint and directions on how to create the automatic rotating DVD.

Science Online Free Webinar

science onlineWed, Aug 13, 2014 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT

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.

Wednesday 8/13/14:
SCIENCE ONLINE: Free Training Webinar

Available for viewing on your branch’s iPad!

Coming August 4 – OverDrive Improvements!

Below is a summary of exciting updates for your OverDrive digital library website that are scheduled for release on Monday, August 4, 2014.

Suspend a Hold

This feature will allow users to temporarily suspend a hold in the waiting list. The user’s position will continue to advance in the queue while their hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If a user advances to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold.

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An OverDrive Help article to support this feature will be available at the time of the release.



Hold Auto-Checkout

At the time a user places a hold, the option to ‘auto-checkout’ the title when it becomes available can be set. Users who elect this option will receive a notification when their title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can beauto checkout found on their account bookshelf. Users who do not select this option will follow the current hold notification process.

auto checkout 2 Users who select this option but are unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because they have already reached their maximum checkout limit, for example) will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make their checkout.

An OverDrive Help article to support this feature will be available at the time of the release.


  • Maturity Settings

Two options will be added to the Account Settings page that will allow users to customize their browsing and discovery experience based on content maturity level:

The ability to exclude certain content based on the maturity level (Juvenile, YA, General, Adult). This will allow adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience.



More information how to use this setting is available in this OverDrive Help article:

“Recommended for you” collection

After a user signs in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and suggested based on titles the user currently has checked out or on hold. If a user does not have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear.

recommended for you “And” Boolean Searching

Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior will change from “OR” to “AND.” Following this change, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.

Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

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.

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



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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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


June 19th Updates to eMedia Catalog

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

Window shopping just got a whole lot more enticing with Virtual Book Shelves

virtual shelvesLowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Australia has transformed their Library Resource Center windows into “virtual library shelves” by decorating them with book covers. Now that would be enough to grab my attention, but they’ve taken it one step further and added QR codes on the covers so that students can scan them with their smart phone or tablet. They’re then taken directly to the title’s details page on their school’s OverDrive digital library, where students are able to easily borrow the title.
Lowther Hall has seen an increase in checkouts each month in 2014, and giving their students such visible and quick access to their titles has certainly been a big reason why.

Got a windows where you could create a virtual book shelve? Why not give this idea a try and see if your circulation increases.

To link directly to the book’s full record in the eMedia Catalog format your url for the QR code like this:

  1. Copy the URL from the full record page in the eMedia Catalog
  2. Delete everything after .org/ to /Content… so the URL will look like this:

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.