Databases A-Z & Hot Topics Updated

databasesazFor those of you who have not been to Databases A-Z or Search by Topic since last Thursday, you may want to take a look. These two sections are now linked to our Hot Topic service where we can highlight or pull content closer to the surface to make it easier for our users to find the information they are looking for in the Library. Since September, the Virtual Library has been working on this project. From the database usage, especially down to the content level, it appears to be working. Last year 2011-2012 database views totaled 377,558 views. Through January 2013 (just 7 months) views total 344,524.

Please share your comments and suggestions as this is a work in progress.



Native American Heritage – Hot Topic

To celebrate Native American Heritage, I have updated our Hot Topic – Native American Heritage using Libguides. We are in the process of moving all Hot Topics to this new format.  If you would like to take a look at all the Hot Topics now done in this format please visit –

We are looking for help to transfer our current Hot Topics. If you are interested in doing a few Hot Topics in this format, I have a training class scheduled for Friday November 16 at 10:30am in the Virtual Library Training Lab.  Please just let me know you are coming.

Libraries Need to Stay Relevant in the Summer!

It doesn’t have to be your slow season..

“A study once showed that library attendance dropped over 50% during the summer months,” notes The World’s Festival of Books website. “This usually means that governments and private funders will not provide as much funding to the libraries.”

Who can afford that kind of usage drop? Though you’re competing with movies, the public pool, camp and travel, you can still boost awareness of your services.  How?

Make new connections
Summer reading programs are not just for fiction and nonfiction. You can tie both our library and its eReferences to the traditional summer audience and persuade new users to investigate our resources.

Accentuate the convenience. Promote our library as a no-cost respite from summer’s heat or storms; a comfortable, air-conditioned destination with resources for the entire family

Bring the fun. How about a lemonade stand or a bake sale out front? It’s an attention-getter, and you can donate the money to a the Library’s Foundation.

Highlight the benefits of mobile usage. Encourage our users to download the OverDrive Media Console free app to take eBooks or eAudio Books wherever they go. (There is also AccessMyLibrary app which works with our Gale online resources)

Tie into local interests and concerns. If it’s got the town talking, you can likely find a related eReferences:

A big musical act in town?

This summer’s blockbuster movie?
VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever

Playoffs? Tournaments?

Job fair?

America’s Eras

Here’s one for Las Vegas:

With the opening of the crosswalk to The Neon Museum promote our Hot Topic – Las Vegas and Nevada History. Patrons will find  a link to The Neon Museum as well as other great resources like the new Nevada Digital Portal.

Do you have any suggestions to share?  Then post them here as a comment!

Hot Topics Updates

This week I worked on updating some of our Hot Topics.  I revised the Reading is Fun and divided it into two Hot Topics. Reading is Fun – Just for Kids and Reading is Fun – Just for Teens.  Several other Hot Topics have been updated with different divisions.  These include American History, Biography, Books and Book Discussion Groups.  You will also notice there are a couple more divisions.  Some categories where getting too many unrelated Hot Topics in them and we are hoping that less Hot Topics within a category will make the Hot Topics easier to find. With the number we have it can be a little overwhelming for patrons.  I’m looking at a menu list for the categories and once a category is clicked the Hot Topics for that group is displayed.

Jon White has been checking for dead links and replacing them or deleting as well.