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.


New Databases for 2012-2013

Thanks you to all librarians who took our surveys. Based on your input we have done some swapping of databases and added a couple of new ones.  Please take a look at the following databases, try them out and recommend them to your patrons.

PowerSpeak Languages replaces Auralog

Chilton’s replaces Auto Repair

Nevada Legal Forms (returns)


Early World of Learning (just in time for summer reading)

LegalTrac (no cost) (law journals)

Health Reference Center Academic (no cost) (Nursing journals)

Novelist PK-8 (just in time for summer reading!)

Watch The Librarian’s Brain for more in-depth look at each of these databases in the coming weeks.





Gale Database Trials

We have a trial with Gale setup for Chiltons, Nevada Legal Forms (shows Michigan) and PowerSpeak.

For Chiltons and PowerSpeak we would be looking to replace similar databases we already have (Auto Repair and Tell Me Morew)

When evaluating the Legal forms keep in mind we have free resources for forms on the Hot Topic – Law and Legal Assistance. We could look at reformating  Hot Topics to give them a different  look.

When you have finished reviewing the three databases please return here and take the survey and leave any comments you think would be helpful to us.

Please review the Gale Trial Access site.

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Auto Repair Database

A patron recommended as a good automotive database. She said the San Luis Obispo Public Library uses it. She believes it is more detailed than what we use. She told me it carries prices for parts and gives a listing of estimated time for each repair. Thought I’d pass on the comment. I didn’t explore the commercial cost.

Above provided by Karen Deshazer

On the “Quick Links” tab near the bottom of the home page it provides information about each product they offer with a short video tour.

Questions to be answered:

  • Do they provide remote access and if so how?
  • Which products would we need?
  • How much does it cost?

Do you have any other questions to add?

If so please post your question in the comment box.