Monday, June 30, 2008

New Feature - No Re-verify

I love cubicle conversations and learn so much from them.....from sharing recipes like sweet potato rolls to learning about new shopping destinations! Besides the fun that comes from office conversations, I just learned that we now offer something called "no re-verify." While very much the internal and technical term, what it means for you and I is that once we enter "my library account," we can then go into the research databases without needing to enter our library card again! We can jump to the catalog and place a hold without needing to enter our library card again (you will be prompted for location pickup).

For me, this is a great feature. I was helping my kids with homework and moving from one database to another. Each time I was prompted to type in my library card number. This will save time (especially when I can't type well in the first place!) and provide greater convenience, too.

Here's hoping you love this new "no re-verify" feature like I do!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Search, Search, Search

Isn't that what the internet is all about? Search to find tidbits of information, to confirm our plane reservations. In my case it was to win a bet on the dates of the DNC here in Denver next month (okay, so my life isn't quite so animating!). We know you visit the Arapahoe Library District website because the numbers tell us so. But what do you do when you get there? Do you skim the articles on the page? Does your eye go to the Latest @ your library box to see what's new?

It seems that most of you are keying in on the ever so important search box. That tells us this feature needs to not only stay but to possibly be even more prominent on the home page. Some of you do search the site and some of you search for articles, too, from this search box.

Give a holler to let me know what you do when you visit our website!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Grids and more grids!

You would think from the title that this blog entry is talking about football...but alas, with summer in full swing my mind is a long way from the cold weather days of football season.

Grids, in this case, refers to the row of books we have at the top of the home page. I hope you enjoy seeing a more graphic appearance of what you would find in the library. To that end we have included a new grid at the bottom of the home page which features titles from our ALD Live collection. What is ALD Live you ask? Here we feature video and audio reviews of our material - take a look and let me know what you think!

Besides adding this grid, you will now find easy access to the latest programs at the library from the home page. On the right you will see Programs & Events box - you can click the title to access the program calendar here or on the left side navigation.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Databases Available!

Through support from the State, we now have more research databases to offer to you! Access to topics such as history, science, more business and more full text popular magazines are just a keystroke away! This link takes you to a complete list of databases. Among the new offerings are:
  • Corporate ResourceNet - for business articles
  • History Reference Center - for everything history related find articles, biographies, videos, photos and more!
  • Literary Reference Center - covers everything you need to know about literature
  • Science Reference Center & Nursing and Allied Health
  • MasterFile - for popular articles (and Consumer Reports!)

I hope you enjoy these new products - let me know if you have questions!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Making Changes - In a Minor Way

Change and minor may not go together - are they mutually exclusive words? Can any change be minor or is all change major because something is different or something has happened?

Well, to get to the point of this blog entry, we have "remodelled!" The Parenting area you have been used to seeing in the adult side of the website has now moved into Tales Treehouse! Tales is happy to have the company, where we feel the content is better aligned. There are still links from the adult side but you can click on Kids to find lots of great content in the Parent beehive! Look for info on Parent Resources, the Parent Blog where we provide a tip of the day, literacy aids and lots about our Storytimes! We hope you will enjoy the content; let us know what you think!