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Friday, March 29, 2013

Let's Hear It for Lively Libraries!

It's nice to see one of our own getting some much-deserved recognition.  Jenna in Fall Creek manages to put together a truly robust line-up of programming and get quite a bit of media attention for it, too.  Like many of you, she manages to do this in 10-15 hours a week! Wow!

Check out the current coverage of Fall Creek's Lively Library in this week's issue of Volume One.
Homeschool scavenger hunt in March at Fall Creek

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Apps Gone Free

Thanks to Colleen at Chippewa Falls for this guest post!

Libraries that have iPads may benefit from downloading the app from the iTunes store called AppsGone Free. Every day a few designated apps are free to download. Read the ratings & reviews to determine whether the apps are a good addition to your libraries' iPads. 

For example the other day, the Chippewa Falls youth dept downloaded an app called Scrap It HD. With it they could host a digital scrapbooking session. Maybe tell patrons to bring 3 pictures in each and upload  those photos to a few ipads with that app on them. Patrons can add borders, text, icons, and more and then upload their creations to a social networking software of their choosing. It could be a fun & creative way to use current technology to connect with patrons. AppsGone Free. is a great way to download apps that normally cost anywhere from 99 cents to $10.00. Check-it-out!

Here is a photo CFPL created in Scrap It. It has all kinds of possible uses-promoting books, etc.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Net Galley

Jo Hick from Phillips sent a note a while back encouraging folks to check out NetGalley, a source for electronic book advanced reader copies.  It used to be that only librarians who were able to attend major conferences were able to pick up Advanced Reader Copies in the exhibit hall, but Net Galley makes it possible for those of us with smaller budgets to get in on the fun, too!

Here's what Jo said:

"... it is really awesome.  You go to NetGalley and create an account (be sure to specify that you are a librarian which will guarantee membership).  I have a Kindle so I went on my Amazon account and had to include the NetGalley email address to my "acceptable" list.  Then I went on NetGalley and looked through which titles I would like to read and requested them.  I guess then the publisher decides whether or not to accept the request - all of my requests were ok'd right away.  So then I just pushed a button and they were sent to my Kindle!  This is a great idea instead of using all that paper.  

There are quite a few selections - you will have to check it out - lots of different genres.  I'm just getting YA and Children's stuff"

If you have an e-reader, this is a terrific way to keep track of what is new and exciting!  Thanks, Jo!