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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Searching by Book Covers

Do you ever wish you had a way to search by book covers? Oftentimes patrons will be looking for a book that they do not remember the title or author of but they do know what the cover looks like.

Akron-Summit County Public Library has compiled Pinterest boards for book covers of various themes. Examples include sky, multiracial, dragons, and basketball.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mouse Tutorials

Do you work with patrons who are just learning to use a mouse? Here is a good interactive step-by-step tutorial presented by the Palm Beach County Library system.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Storytimes in Sign Language

Looking for a way to enhance your storytime?

This site has videos of songs done in sign language, many of which are storytime friendly.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fax online

Does your library not provide a faxing service? Does the patron not wish to travel to the nearest FAX location? Does the patron not wish to pay the faxing fee?

FaxZero may be your solution.

FaxZero is a service that provides free or low-cost faxing done online.

Users simply provide their own name and email address and the name of the company and the FAX number they are sending the document to. Then the user simply attaches the document they wish to fax. Documents are accepted in .DOC, .DOCX, or .PDF formats. Users can also input text to fax if they wish.

FaxZero provides two options: Free Fax and Almost Free Fax. Free Fax places an ad on the cover sheet, has a maximum of 3 pages (excluding cover sheet) and has a maximum of 5 faxes sent per day.

Almost Free Fax has $1.99 charge per fax which is payable via Paypal, has a maximum of 15 pages with an optional cover sheet and has no ad on the cover page.

I have not tried this service yet myself but I think it would be a good alternative to conventional faxing. For those who have tried this service or received a FAX this way, what did you think? Was it easy to use? Were Faxes received promptly?

Monday, March 5, 2012

How to Cite a Tweet

MLA has now developed an official format for citing tweets. You can read about it here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Step-by-step guide to downloading e-books with screenshots

Anoka County Library created the following slideshow presentations for downloading e-books to various devices. The steps in downloading e-books should apply to any library that uses Overdrive.

Downloading to the Kindle

Downloading to other eReaders and smartphones

The slideshows also show how to request e-books and return them early.

I found the slideshows to be extremely helpful, particularly the screenshots showing each step in the process, being the visual learner I am.