Monday, January 31, 2011

NetLibrary eBooks - Now Downloadable!

The library's eBook collection, available via NetLibrary, now allows for downloads of selected eBooks. Up until now, only eAudiobooks could be downloaded. Be sure to check out our updated FAQs about our eBook/eAudiobook collection. Highlights specific to the new download option for eBooks include:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Science Projects

Parents/teachers/students -- it's that time of year again -- the annual science fair. Oh, and today, Google announced the launch of Google Science Fair. Your local library can help your budding Larrys and Sergeys...

Search the library's online catalog for science project materials including:

Premium online resources via your library card:

  • Access Science - use your library card to access multimedia animations, explorations, background articles and more
  • World Book Online for Kids - Offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for younger children.
  • World Book Online Info Finder - Contains content and features designed for school-aged patrons' homework and research needs. Based on the World Book Encyclopedia, the site features rich multimedia, a collection of age-appropriate science fair projects, a Biography Center, virtual tours, video showcases, links to current events and world newspapers, 21st-century research skills, and much more.

Recommended Websites:

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

eReader Support

"Help. I got a (Nook, Kindle, iPad, etc.) for the holidays and I don't know what to do with it."

"Help. I got a (Nook, Kindle, iPad, etc.) for the holidays and the salesperson told me I can download all the books at the library."

The library's reference staff is fielding a number of post-holiday support questions for e-reader devices (Kindle, Nook, etc.) and using them with eBooks.

The library's NetLibrary subscription does not allow eBooks to be downloaded (i.e., "checked out" and a file downloaded to your device). However, the library's NetLibrary eBooks can be viewed online via an Internet connection, which some devices include.
***UPDATE: As of Feb. 1, some NetLibrary eBooks via Fauquier County Public Library can now be downloaded to your computer and transferred to a compatible e-reader device. Complete details are here.

There are a number of free eBook websites (especially many classic titles) that do allow you to download eBooks to your device.

Also, the library's reciprocal borrowing agreements with area libraries provide you the opportunity to access downloadable eBooks as well as other services. Alexandria, Arlington, Central Rappahannock, Culpeper/Handley, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William offer downloadable ebooks via NetLibrary and/or Overdrive.

Library staff can help you find information to assist you as you configure and troubleshoot your device(s). Library staff cannot assist you with the operation, configuration or troubleshooting of your personal electronic device(s). The library assumes no responsibility for patrons' equipment.

In light of the above (and in case you misplaced the manual that came with your device), here are some links to some of the more popular eReader support sites:

  • Amazon Kindle - Includes how-to guides and videos, FAQs, instructions on connecting to Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK and NOOKcolor - Quick start guide, videos, apps and more.
  • iPad - Includes a section on iBooks.
  • Kobo - eReader user guides; be also sure to check out their FAQs and online demo.
  • Sony Reader - You'll have to search by your model; also see their videos, etc., specifically for the Reader Pocket.
If you're still shopping for an eReader, here are some review sources:

Happy e-Reading!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Financial Wellness

According to Chase's Calendar of Events, January is Financial Wellness Month, so along with losing weight, quitting smoking, etc., the new year is a good time to establish financial balance after all the holiday spending. Along with resources available through the Fauquier County Public Library, there are a number of resources are available online to help inspire you, including:
  • MyMoney.gov is a U.S. Government Web site dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about finances. The site offers important information in English or Spanish from 21 federal agencies, bureaus and departments that comprise the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC). Topics include budgeting and taxes; credit; financial planning; home ownership; children; paying for education; privacy, fraud, and scams; responding to life events; retirement planning; saving and investing; and starting a small business. Patrons can order the “My Money” toolkit, which includes a consumer action handbook, a consumer information catalog, facts on saving and investing, questions to ask about investments, understanding Social Security, and FDIC insurance coverage. Calculators for college planning, credit card replacement, home buying and mortgages, retirement planning, investing, Social Security benefits, and tax withholding also are available.
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance - You don't need to be a subscriber to the print edition to access their tools and online articles.
  • The Motley Fool – Provides premium investing advice and market-beating stock research.
  • SmartMoney.com - Check out their personal finance columns, including Smart Spending and Common Sense for money-saving ideas.
  • Wise Bread – Personal finance and frugal living forums that focus on "living large on a small budget."
  • Yahoo! Finance – Free stock quotes, up to date news, portfolio management resources, international market data.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

E-Resource of the Month: Business & Company Resource Center

The power to answer all types of business queries is at your fingertips with Business & Company Resource Center, where you'll have access to a wide variety of global business information including competitive intelligence, career and investment opportunities, business rankings, company histories and much more.

Let's say you're looking for privately-held companies in Richmond, VA, with annual revenues greater than $150,000 and less than $15,000,000.

  1. Open Business & Company Resource Center and go into the "Advanced search" page.
  2. Click on "Company Profiles/Products"
  3. Enter "Richmond" as the city name in the first box.
  4. Enter "VA" as the "State/Country" in the second box.
  5. Enter ">150000 and <15000000">
  6. Click on the "Search" button and more than 1,200 company profiles matching the above criteria are retrieved.
Or let's say I'm looking for a job in computer systems and design in the Virginia area, but not sure what companies are located here.
  1. Open Business & Company Resource Center and go into the "Company search" page
  2. Enter "7373" in the Industry Code/Description box, with SIC Code selected
  3. Enter "VA" in the State/Country box
  4. Click on the "Search" button and 208 companies are listed. You can select a company to view it's profile and any related information.
As you can see, this database is a powerful tool to help you acquire the information you need for your business (and job) research.

For Business & Company Resource Center search tips, please speak with a reference librarian or check this handy tip sheet from Gale/Cengage Learning. If you can't make it to your local library to use this resource, Fauquier County Public Library card holders can access the database from home, 24/7 via the library website. Under Find Information, click on Search for Articles and More. See the Business Information section and select Business & Company Resource Center.