Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Series & Sequels

If you're wondering if a book has a sequel or want to devour all of the books in a series, the library has several e-resources to help you in your quest.

Did you know you can search the library's online catalog by the series title? This is especially helpful if you know you want the 3rd title in the Inspector Rebus series, but aren't sure if the title is "Tooth and Nail" or "Hammer and Nail." If you're not sure what the series title is, what I do is look up the title of the book I know I read/enjoyed (hint - if you have your reading history enabled, it's easy to find what you've already read) and click on the Series title link in the record:

By clicking on the link "Inspector Rebus mysteries series; 1," I'm taken to an ordered list of all the Inspector Rebus Mystery Series titles in the library's collection.

Aside from the library's online catalog, be sure to visit our Readers' Tools page on the library website. There, under the section labeled, Book Reviews, Series Info., Read-Alikes & More, you'll find a number of resources that provide guidance on reading in a series, finding similar books to those you love and much more, including:

  • Books & Authors - I often consult this database, specifically the Who, What, Where, When search, to find titles that feature a specific character (and I don't remember the book title or the series title)
  • Fantastic Fiction - This is especially helpful if I just want to see the various series an author writes, as well as his/her non-series fiction, all in one place. Ideal for prolific authors like Nora Roberts.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian


Saturday, May 25, 2013

OverDrive Media Console Update Available May 28

Are you a user of the library's e-books and e-audiobooks via the Blue Ridge Download Consortium (powered by OverDrive)? If so, be aware that OverDrive will release an updated version of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for iOS and Android (v2.6.5) on Tuesday, May 28. Below is a summary of the release details:


OMC for iOS v2.6.5
 
  • Enhancements to improve the speed of the in-app browser
  • Bug fixes
  • Reauthorization of Adobe ID for ALL iOS users required by Apple

Due to a change in Apple's privacy policies, OverDrive had to make changes to the way they handle licensing of EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. As a result, the OMC for iOS v2.6.5 update will de-authorize every users’ Adobe ID and prompt them to authorize again. 
Audiobook users will be unaffected unless attempting to download parts from a book that was only partially downloaded prior to the v2.6.5 update.

eBooks – Adobe Authorization
After installing the update, users with authorized Adobe IDs in place will see the following message:

eBooks – Adobe Authorization


Clicking ‘Sign In’ will show the ‘Adobe Authorization’ screen. The deauthorized Adobe ID is pre-populated, so you will only need to enter your password. The ‘Forgot password?’ link will be available in case you've forgotten yours.

eBooks – Adobe Authorization


Audiobooks – Downloading additional parts
Audiobook users won’t notice anything different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks partially downloaded to OMC before installing the v2.6.5 update. In this case, the following message is displayed:

Audiobooks – Downloading additional parts


Users will need to download the title again from their digital library website bookshelf to download the missing parts.

These updates will be messaged in the App Store and on the “What’s New” screen. Additionally, there are two help articles available for users to help with these updates:


OMC for Android v2.6.5
 
  • Bug fixes

Note: The issues with Adobe authorization and audiobook downloads will not impact the Android release of OMC v2.6.5.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Zinio: Downloadable Magazines Now Available!


What is Zinio?
Full digital versions of your favorite magazines, including the Economist, House Beautiful, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian Magazine and Weight Watchers.

Key Features:
  • New issues are released and ready for download at the same time as the print edition - many before they arrive at the library!
  • See the pages as they look in print - some magazines include features like video, audio and live links. 
  • Digital magazines are always available with unlimited users. 
  • You can read online or download issues to your computer or mobile device and read offline.
  • No limits - check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account for as long as you wish.
Requirements
  • A computer or device with access to the Internet via a browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
  • A valid Fauquier County Public Library number (when you create your Zinio Library account)
  • A valid email address
Optional:  Install a free Zinio Reader App on your computer or mobile device.

Step 1: Go to https://www.rbdigital.com/fauquierva/zinio, which takes you to the RBdigital Gateway, which provides library patrons access to Zinio and Atomic Training

Step 2: Select Zinio
 
Step 3: Find/select a magazine title that you like by either browsing through the titles alphabetically or use the Genre drop-down box located on the right side of the page (tip - if you click into the Title search box, a list of all of the magazines available on Zinio will list)

Step 4: You will be prompted to log in or set up an account (1 of 2) for access to the library's collection of magazines. If this is your first time using the service, you will need to set up a Zinio Library Collection account. You will need to enter in your 10-digit Fauquier County Public Library number, which is the barcode listed on the back of your library card (200...) and then fill out your name, e-mail address, etc. You now have an account for the Zinio Library Collection (to choose magazines to read).

Step 5: Select the complete your checkout of the magazine button

Step 6: A new browser window will open, taking you to Zinio.com, where you will be prompted to register for a 2nd account. Important -- to read/view/download the magazines you select from the Zinio Library Collection, you need to also create a personal Zinio Reader account on Zinio.com. Register for your account (or sign in if you already have one). You MUST use the same e-mail address you  used in Step 4, when you created your Zinio Library Collection account. In order to make your life easier, we also recommend you use the same password for both accounts.

To get new issues or select new magazines:

Accessing Zinio via Fauquier County Public Library
The direct link for Fauquier County Public Library's Zinio collection is https://www.rbdigital.com/fauquierva/zinio. Be sure to add it to your favorites/bookmarks. Or, from the library website, on the left-hand navigation, under Services -- Downloadable Magazines. You can also access from Search for Articles and More -- Magazines, Journals and Newspapers.
You can also find a link in the library's catalog (title = Zinio).

Need more information? Get complete details and FAQs.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), launched on April 18, brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. The DPLA offers a single point of access (http://dp.la) to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, and moving images—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States.

Content providers include ARTstor, the Harvard Library, the National Archives and Records Administration, New York Public Library, the Smithsonian and the University of Virginia.

Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff. Each record in the DPLA contains a link to the digital object on the content provider’s website. Digital copies of some objects are available for download, based on the content provider and the individual rights status of the object.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Financial Aid Tools

With college acceptance letters rolling in (or collected), and and financial aid season underway, here are some e-resources to help you get through the madness...

 CollegeAbacus.com - This free service allows you to get financial aid estimates from colleges (versus contacting each individually) so you can compare projected financial aid packages across schools to identify those institutions that are within your budget. You can also use the Abacus Shopping Sheet to put all your financial aid letters into the federal shopping sheet format.

Virginia residents should also visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website. There is a handy chart showing financial aid programs for undergraduate students in Virginia broken down by need, merit-base, both or none.

Have you completed your FAFSA form? Many states and colleges use your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, whether it be grants and scholarships or student loans. Some private financial aid providers may also use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Student Aid Deadlines
  • Federal Deadline: Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2013Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 24, 2013.
  • State Deadline: Virginia - Also check with your financial aid administrator. Additional form may be required.
  • College Deadline: Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.

For more information about financial aid and college in general, visit the library's For the College Bound section on our website, which includes resources available in the library's collection as well as recommended websites.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

e-Resource of the Month: Health & Wellness Resource Center



Because the month of May is marked by several national health-related campaigns, including Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month, National Arthritis Month and Women's Health Week (May 12-18), what better time to promote the library's Health and Wellness Resource Center database?

Gale's Health & Wellness Resource Center can help you find health and wellness information as quickly as a Google search, but with the accuracy of library-quality results.

Features and Benefits

  • Includes the respected Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine 
  • Authoritative reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and  pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources 
  • Current health news headlines 
  • Video content and physician-authored articles 
  • Database of drugs and herbal remedies 
  • Up-to-date contact information for various service agencies, offices, companies, people and health products 
  • Links to numerous calculators and risk assessment tools 
  • An alternative medicine module that looks at health care from a holistic lens 



In addition, make sure to check out our Health & Wellness Resources page on our website for additional online health information, as well as lists of recommended books and videos to check out from our collection.

If you're wondering about other health-related events during the year, check out the National Wellness Institute's 2013 Health & Wellness Observances Calendar.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian