Thursday, October 25, 2012

Library Notices Going to Your Spam Folder?

We recently received word that some library patrons using Gmail were not receiving their e-mail notices from the library, or other e-mail from friends, etc., even though they had received the e-mail in the past. If you're not receiving your library notices (or any other expected e-mail, for that matter), you may want to check your spam folder in your e-mail account -- spam-filtering software from your e-mail provider (Comcast, Gmail, etc.) may block legitimate messages. You may see your library notices (the "From" address will be in there and you'll want to mark them as "Not spam." The message(s) should then show up in your Inbox. When you select/read the message(s), you can click the drop-down arrow for reply (located in the upper right of the e-mail message) and select "Add Fauquier Library to contacts list." Going forward, you should receive your library notices in your Inbox.

Here are links to more details from some commonly used e-mail providers on how to set your e-mail account so that library notices from the e-mail address do not get marked as spam:

A few other options to consider:

  1. In addition to e-mail, consider having your notices sent to your mobile phone.
  2. Check/view your online account. This allows you to see your checkouts, holds, fines, ratings and reading history.  You can also place holds, renew materials and freeze pending holds if you're going out of town.
If you have concerns or questions about your library account, please contact the circulation desk at your local library:
  • (540)422-8500 ext. 6861 (Warrenton Circulation)
  • (540)422-8500 ext. 6871 (Bealeton Circulation)
  • (540)422-8500 ext. 6851 (John Marshall Circulation)
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dig the Debates?

Whether you missed Monday night's debate or just can't get enough of the presidential/vice-presidential candidates in general, check out C-SPAN's video library of presidential debates, where you can view all presidential/vice presidential debates back to the Bush-Dukakis debate on September 25, 1988.

You should note that it's not just Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama who are running for the office of president. Learn more by watching out this year's third party presidential candidate debate between Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and Virginia's own Virgil Goode.

For transcripts and advice on what to watch for in a debate, see also the Commission on Presidential Debates website.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Learn how to use the OneClickDigital e-audio book service

Fauquier County Public Library's OneClickDigital service offers thousands of exclusive Recorded Books audiobooks, including Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, that you can listen on your mp3 player, iPod/iPad/iPhone or Kindle Fire tablet.

This fall, OneClickDigital will host two patron-focused webinars that demonstrate the service’s features:
The 45-minute program includes a complete tour of the service and will show you how to create an account, install the OneClickdigital Media Manager, search for content, manage checkouts, and download and transfer audiobooks to your listening device.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Election Information @ Your Fingertips

Forget the negative campaign ads and talk show pundits. If you're looking for nonpartisan information on general and state-specific elections, you'll want to check out the League of Women Voters' tool, Vote411.

Vote411 allows you to register to vote, provides information on voting requirements and state deadlines, allows you to build an online voter's guide, view political races, compare candidate positions side-by-side, and print out "ballots" that can be used on Election Day. The tool also provides visitors with helpful voting information, candidate statements and details on current issues. You can even find your local polling place.

The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. Learn more about this organziation at the League of Women Voters website, under "About the League."

More Resources to Explore...
  • Check out Newsbank's Special Report, Presidential Campaign 2012. To access, simply go to the library's website and click on Search for Articles & More, which is a link on the left menu, under Find Information. Under the heading Magazines, Journals & Newspapers, you'll see America's Newspapers from Newsbank (you'll be prompted to enter your FCPL 10-digit library card if you are logging in from home). All of the Special Rerports are listed on the left-menu in Newsbank.
  • Kids/classrooms will want to Play the Election, Rand McNally's collection of games and lessons teaches students about the 2012 Election and the election process through a series of games, resources and competition. Students predict the election winners for each state on an interactive election map, and compare their predictions to their class and the country to see where they rank.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Thursday, October 4, 2012

E-Book, E-Audio Book News

OverDrive E-Books, E-Audio Books
Last week, Adobe officially released Digital Editions 2.0. It’s a new version of the software patrons use to read Blue Ridge Download Consortium e-books on their computers and transfer e-books to e-readers like the NOOK and Kobo. With the upgrade, activating compatible eBook readers has gotten easier - Just plug in the eBook reader you want to activate, then drag the book you want to read over to the device. That’s it. The Adobe ID is automatically registered, and the book is transferred all in one step. Previous editions of ADE should still work, but our partner OverDrive has stated that it's best to download the newest version.

In addition, the OverDrive Media Console app is now available for the Barnes & Noble NOOK color and NOOK Tablet.

OneClickdigital E-Audio Books
The library's OneClickdigital service, which provides exclusive Recorded Books e-audio books for Fauquier County Public Library card holders, now offers apps for the iPhone, all Android devices, and as of last week, the Kindle Fire (download the app for free from the Android Appstore at, by searching for OneClickdigital). App users can now access every title in our library’s collection and download them directly to their device, without having to connect to a computer.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Monday, October 1, 2012

e-Resource of the Month: Find It Virginia

Find it Virginia is a collection of databases that provide free 24/7 access to resources such as newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and books such as encyclopedias. Materials are available for all age ranges and interests. Resources include:
  • full text magazines
  • newspapers 
  • television and radio transcripts 
  • health information databases
  • business and company resources
  • literary criticism 
  • and more..
Databases in Find It Virginia include eLibrary, InfoTrac Newsstand, General Reference Center GOLD, InfoTrac Small Business Collection and InfoTrac Health Reference Center Academic.

Find it Virginia a service of the Library of Virginia, is supported by federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and ensures that all residents of the Commonwealth have equal access to essential resources for lifelong learning.

Like all library premium e-resources, Find It Virginia can be found on the Articles & Databases page on the library's website (look under Magazines, Journals & Newspapers) or at

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~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian