Tech Tuesdays Continues

Bring your technology questions to Tech Tuesdays!  Each Tuesday we offer a two-part technology training session, beginning with a one-hour class on a specific technology subject at 3:00pm.  Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00 and 6:00pm, where you can get help on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.

Here's what's coming up:

August 26 - Online Academies for Education:
Discover numerous online resources for continuing your education.   Learn about websites such as the Kahn Academy, iTunes U, or one of the numerous Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) providing classes ranging from a focus on science, to lectures on arts and history, and even foreign language study. 

September 2 - How to Download Library eBooks and eAudiobooks
Discover the various titles of eBooks and eAudio books available through your library.  Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading the titles you wish to read, and how to check-out and return the books you borrow.

September 9 -   Introduction to Microsoft Word
In this session you will have the opportunity to learn some of the basics of Microsoft Word and guidance to access additional resources for continuing your Word program education at home.

September 16 – Introduction to Facebook
Facebook is a free social network website.  This class is intended for those new to Facebook or who want to learn basic information about the site.  Learn how to set-up up your Facebook profile, how privacy settings function, how to navigate Facebook’s  news feed and timeline, and time allowing, how to upload photos to build photo albums.
 
Sept ember 23 - Search the Library Catalog
Getting stumped while searching the library catalog? Join us for a session on how to search the PAC (Public Access Catalog). Learn the various options available within the PAC and improve your searching skills.

September  30 - Novelist and Other Book-Finding Guides 
Don’t know what to read next? Have you finished reading all of your favorite author’s books and are looking for similar books? Try Novelist, a library database that provides information about authors, series, read-a-likes, and more. Want to find other book lovers who love to talk about them? Try Good Reads, a website dedicated to books and those who read them. Need some authoritative advice on which books are good and those that aren’t? Check out Book Lust, a book written by former Seattle librarian, Nancy Pearl.


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Posted in General, Technology, Teens by Brwyn Griffin on Friday, August 1st 11:10am   |   0 comments

Tech Tuesdays Continues in May

Bring your technology questions to Tech Tuesdays!  Each Tuesday we offer a two-part technology training session, beginning with a one-hour class on a specific technology subject from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.  Each class is followed by drop-in individual assistance between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, where you can get help on any technology topic. Bring your device or practice on laptops provided by the library.

Here's what's coming up in May:

May 6 - eBooks and eAudiobooks
Learn how to prepare your computer or device to enable downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, and how to check-out and return the items you borrow.

May 13 - Computer Security for the Home User 
Learn about how to make your home computer and mobile devices more secure. This class will cover spyware, viruses, and other malware, and how to protect your devices from these threats.

May 20 - Novelist and Other Book-Finding Guides 
Don’t know what to read next? Have you finished reading all of your favorite author’s books and are looking for similar books? Try Novelist, a library database that holds information about authors, series, read-a-likes, and more. Want to find other book lovers who love to talk about them? Try Good Reads, a website dedicated to books and those who read them. Need some authoritative advice on which books are good and those that aren’t? Check out Book Lust, a book written by former Seattle librarian, Nancy Pearl.

May 27 - Microsoft PowerPoint 
This class will be an introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, the program for preparing presentations and digital slide shows. Learn some of the basics of PowerPoint, and learn about additional resources for continuing your PowerPoint program education at home.

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Posted in General, Service, Technology by Teri Burroughs on Monday, April 7th 2:49pm   |   0 comments

Having trouble viewing our Catalog with Internet Explorer 11?


If you've recently upgraded your PC's browser to Internet Explorer 11, or if your PC is set for automatic updates, you may find yourself suddenly seeing the mobile version of our online catalog.  Here are some easy steps to help you fix the problem.  Be sure to open your browser to the Library's Catalog to begin.
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Posted in General, Technology by Teri Burroughs on Tuesday, December 17th 2:41pm   |   1 comments

eBooks for Kindle now Available

Last week, Overdrive, the supplier we use to provide our eBooks, announced that customers can now download books to a Kindle from the Washington Anytime Library.   Almost all the eBooks in our collection can be used with Kindle devices or apps. 

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Posted in Service, Technology by Daniel Heaton on Monday, September 26th 2:38pm   |   5 comments

E-readers and eBooks

Lately I have seen a lot more E-readers in use at the library. It seems to be quite a mix of Sony readers, Nooks (both color and e-ink), IPads, Literati, and the occasional Android or IPhone. Each of these E-readers will work with the books available on Washington Anytime Library. The Android and IPhones as well as the IPad all require downloading an Overdrive App to the device. All the other E-readers will require downloading Adobe Digital Editions to your computer before you download and transfer books from your computer to your E-reader.

Here are a couple of tips for using your E-reader with the Washington Anytime Library.  First, there is currently a selection of 1,248 eBooks, with more being added monthly. Of that collection it is not unusual to have 75% of them checked out at any given time. To find those titles that are immediately available you can do an advanced search, select EPUB eBook as the format, and check the box next to “only show copies with titles available.”

The second tip, if you are interested in reading classics you can access over 15,000 of the public domain books that are made available by Project Gutenberg.  These include works by such authors as Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe, Marry Shelly and Alfred Tennyson.  If you are looking at the Washington Anytime Library site, on the lower left side of the page is a link to additional eBooks. These books do not show up in the standard search so will have to be looked for separately.

If you would be interested sharing your experience or tips with the E-readers, or eBooks, leave a reply.

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Posted in Technology by Daniel Heaton on Tuesday, March 1st 10:18am   |   0 comments

New Phone App for Downloadable Books

Great news for those of you who would like to use MP3 audiobooks or Ebooks directly on your phone devices!  Overdrive has just released an IPhone and an Android app for downloading titles from the Washington Anytime Library directly to your device.  Below is the press release from Overdrive about their new app. You can find download instructions here, just choose your mobile device from the right hand side of the page.

 

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Posted in Technology by Daniel Heaton on Wednesday, December 8th 2:41pm   |   0 comments

Playaways

Answers to your Playaway questions.  Here are the three most common questions that I am receiving about Playaways. 

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Posted in Technology by Daniel Heaton on Saturday, October 9th 11:20am   |   1 comments

Let ELF Keep Track of What You Have Checked Out

Elf is a web-based and email tool for library users to keep track of their library borrowings.  Elf is like a personal assistant, whose task is to help with keeping track of what one has on loan from the library. More »

Posted in Technology by Meredith Wagner on Friday, October 8th 12:00am   |   2 comments

Download Books Today

With the Anytime Library you can download media 24/7.  Your library is always open! Get started with a Guided Tour or our Quick-Start Guide. More »

Posted in Technology by Meredith Wagner on Friday, October 8th 12:00am   |   0 comments

Ebooks

Books for electronic readers are now available through the Washington Anytime Library.  You can access the Washington Anytime Library through the Jefferson County Library website.  Downloadable items can also be found by searching the library catalog.  If you see [Downloadable Ebook] after the title that is one of the books that can be read on a Sony Reader or Barnes and Noble Nook. 

 

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Posted in Technology by Daniel Heaton on Monday, August 23rd 1:17pm   |   1 comments