Use Your Library @ Home and Anywhere

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  • What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of the library? If you said “books”, 98% of the people in the WORLD agree with you. A study done in 2005 compared perceptions of libraries across the country and across all age groups. The percentage was the same for all groups! Another perception noted in the report is that the library is important for education, and provides reliable information – just as reliable as the Internet, in fact! Tonight we’ll explore some of the services your libraries provide, and how you can use your library at home.
  • Get the housekeeping done before moving on to the fun stuff
  • Part of fiscal accountability required by the library board. We were carrying far too much in outstanding materials and debt. Most people don’t mind cleaning up their accounts when the amounts are small, instead of waiting till they hit the $5 ceiling.
  • Facets on left to limit search Tags on right to broaden search
  • Play Megan’s tutorial
  • We’ve made our e-resources easier to find! This page debuted this week New databases: Chilton Library; Mango Languages, TERC, Job Now,
  • Last year about this time, our entire staff participated in a “27 Things” project to learn about all these things – and we are beginning to use them for library programming and to connect with members of our communities.
  • Over 60 libraries across the country are participating
  • … with geolocation turned on.
  • Uses iPhone’s geolocation feature to find libraries in your area. Select a library and push “access Resources” Addition options to visit library’s web site or call the library.
  • Select a database and begin searching!
  • Most of the web sites we visited have been bookmarked on delicious.
  • Use Your Library @ Home and Anywhere

    1. 1. Ann S. Owens, MLS
    2. 2. <ul><li>27 +1 Sacramento Public Library Locations </li></ul><ul><li>Phone service: </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Library 916-264-2700 </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to a person 916-264-2920 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: askus@saclibrary.org </li></ul><ul><li>Any CA resident can get a library card, with a photo ID and proof of address. </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>30-item limit on holds </li></ul><ul><li>30-item limit on items checked out </li></ul><ul><li>Notices come by phone or e-mail only </li></ul>
    4. 4. Policy Changes, contd. <ul><li>Courtesy reminders when card is close to expiration date (cards expire every 3 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Must clear all fines before card can be renewed </li></ul><ul><li>May pay in person or online with debit, MC or VISA – cash and checks are also still accepted </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Browse with Encore </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>New Catalog Tricks </li></ul>
    7. 10. <ul><li>Lapsed/Lapsing Databases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CultureGrams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College Source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ferguson’s Career Guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sac Bee (Image Edition, for dates after 2/10) </li></ul></ul>
    8. 11. <ul><li>New Databases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JobNow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chilton Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testing & Education Resource Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New England Ancestors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Microfilm (NYT, WSJ, SacBee) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New titles in Gale Virtual Reference Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My iLibrary: iPod-compatible audiobooks </li></ul></ul>
    9. 14. Mobile Library Services <ul><li>More people browsing the web with smart phones. </li></ul><ul><li>Our experimental prototype; links go to full-size web pages. Planning to work with Boopsie to get functional mobile web site. </li></ul>
    10. 15. <ul><li>The service is free, but your text plan rates apply. </li></ul><ul><li>Include “SPL” in your message for a customized answer. </li></ul><ul><li>6am-8pm M-F, shorter hrs on weekends. </li></ul>
    11. 16. <ul><li>Download free app from iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>Now you can do research on the go </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t need a library card </li></ul><ul><li>But you do need to be physically in Sacramento County </li></ul>
    12. 19. Questions?
    13. 20. Ann Owens www.saclibrary.org Thank you! http://delicious.com/askus/ofpcug
    14. 21. <ul><li>@annot8 </li></ul>

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