Wednesday, February 15, 2012

To the dogs!

Did watching (or reading about) this year's Best in Show winner, Malachy, leave you looking for more information about the Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club? Here is a roundup of websites to get your doggy fix...
For library materials on dogs, browse the online catalog.

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Library e-Book News - Penguin, Kindle

    Yesterday the Penguin Group, which includes the imprints Dutton, Dial Young Readers, Viking and Viking Books for Young Readers, announced that they have terminated their contract with OverDrive. OverDrive powers the Blue Ridge Download Consortium (BRDC), of which Fauquier County Public Library is a member. Penguin joins Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Brilliance Audio and Hachette Book Group, publishers who also do not sell/license e-books to libraries (and thus don't show up in the BRDC website). Only print books are available for purchase/lending by institutions like the Fauquier County Public Library.
    What does this mean for Fauquier County Public Library patrons? 
    • Penguin will no longer offer additional/new copies of e-books and downloadable e-audio books for library purchase. 
    • Penguin e-books currently in our consortium will still be accessible, but that is subject to change, too.
    • Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will now need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device over USB. This means Penguin e-books will no longer be available for wireless or "over-the-air" delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps. Other e-books (non-Penguin) WILL still be available via wireless delivery to Kindle devices and Kindle apps.
    For more information about the library's e-book and e-audio book offerings, visit our website or call/visit your local library.

    You can also write to or call each publisher to urge a resolution to this development that will allow libraries to continue to serve their communities.  For your convenience, the addresses are provided below.

    Macmillan Publishing
    75 Varick Street
    New York, NY 10013
    (212) 226-7521

    Simon & Schuster
    1230 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10020
    (212) 698-7000

    Hachette Book Group
    466 Lexington Avenue #131
    New York, NY 10017
    (212) 364-1100

    Penguin Group
    375 Hudson Street
    New York, NY 10014
    (212) 366-2000

    Brilliance Audio
    1704 Eaton Drive
    Grand Haven, MI 49417
    (616) 846-5256

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    Access Job Listings Using Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

    FCGC_FindingaJobNew Feature: Live Job Postings
    Ferguson's Career Guidance Center now provides live, national job postings for more than 3,400 jobs included in the database. Ferguson's job articles already provide detailed, up-to-date information about today's hottest jobs, and this new feature puts actual employment opportunities at users' fingertips. Job seekers who view Ferguson's job articles may now select a "Find Jobs" tab associated with the article to see a list of relevant job postings drawn from thousands of online sources, including corporate Web sites, government Web sites, newspapers, job boards, and professional associations. The postings can be filtered by company, location, salary, and other criteria, and each one includes a link to the original posting. Lists of job openings are updated frequently and can be saved to a user's folder.

    Log in to Ferguson's Career Guidance Center with your library card number to start your search.

    For more career resources, check out the library's Job Seekers page.

    Friday, February 3, 2012

    February is Time Management Month

    Most of us start off the New Year by making resolutions. A common desire is to do a better job managing time and energy - at work and/or at home. Below are some e-resources that can help you focus on what is important and hopefully become more efficient in the process:
    • Stop bothersome telemarketing calls - sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry.
    • Get your name off junk mailing lists - contact the Direct Marketing Association.
    • Stop unwanted credit card solicitations with
    • Keep an online calendar - Google Calendar, for example, is a free, simple, effective online calendar tool that can be synchronized across all your devices (computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.).
    • Make an online to-do list, using a task management tool like remember the milk - you can use it with Google Calendar and get e-mail, SMS or IM reminders.
    • Evernote allows you to take notes, save web pages, clips, etc., capture ideas and make it easy to find, from any platform. If you are one of those people who have stickies and notes everywhere, and can never find what you're looking for, an application like Evernote might make life more manageable.

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    e-Resource of the Month: OneClickdigital e-audio books

    Heard any good books lately? 
    Check out OneClickdigital, where you can access thousands of  downloadable e-audio books for adults, teens and children—all iPod®-compatible—including popular best-selling titles from your favorite publishers as well as exclusive Recorded Books titles.

    Quick Facts:
    • No need to place holds - all titles always available!
    • Checkout period: 21 days
    • Maximum number of checkouts: 10
    • Titles may be returned early to allow for more checkouts
    • Supported audio devices
    • Help/Support
    For more details, check out a tutorial video or sign up for a training webinar for library patrons 2/21 3:00-4:00 pm EST.

    For all e-book and e-audio book services offered by the Fauquier County Public Library, check out our website at Under Find Information (on left-hand navigation), you'll see e-books/e-audio books listed. 

    Black History Month - What's Online

    February is Black History Month. Whether you are looking for recommended resources to use in a report or in the classroom, or you would like to be better informed about this special month, here are some online resources to help get you started:

    Note: Links marked with asterisk (*) require your Fauquier County Public Library card barcode to access.
    All Fauquier County Public Library branches are also celebrating Black History Month with the Read, Write and Review program. Students in grades K-5 can participate by reading a biography of a prominent African-American, a nonfiction book about African-American history, a book by an African-American author, or an African or African-American folktale. Write a book review, then pick out a prize when you submit your review -- on paper at any library branch or when you use the library's online form (for students in K-5th grade).