Sunday, July 28, 2013

Want to learn more about OneClickdigital e-audio books?


Recorded Books now offers training webinars for OneClickdigital e-audio books designed specifically for library patrons:

Register for a session now by clicking a date below:



Once registered‚ you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join.

Need Support for OneClickdigital?
Call 1-877-77AUDIO or email customer support at support@oneclickdigital.com.

For more information on the library's e-book and e-audio book offerings, check out our e-books page on the library's website.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Finding the right employees for your business

The CareerOneStop Business Center

Finding the right employees is important for helping businesses grow. For many new and small businesses, this process can be daunting. The Department of Labor (DOL) is making this process easier through the ‘Business Center’ located at CareerOneStop.Org.

This site provides direct access to online resources for employers looking to recruit, train and retain skilled workers. Employers can find information on writing effective job descriptions, how to properly interview candidates, find local skills training programs, salary information, and state-by-state resources available for hiring workers.

The Business Center also includes tips about how to recruit qualified candidates through local American Job Centers and provides employment projections. Additionally, the site offers access to local training and educational institutions, a catalog of occupational certifications, a tool to help employers translate the military training and skills of returning service members into specific civilian occupations, and an ‘Available Workforce Tool’ that enables employers to build a profile of the workforce in a local, state, or national area, including data on employment, wages, unemployment rates, and demographics.

The CareerOneStop Business Center, along with other business resources, can be found on the library's Business/Small Business Resources page.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Automobiles - advice and guidance

Looking for advice before you hit the dealer lots? Check out the following resources available through the Fauquier County Public Library and on the web.

Purchasing an Automobile
Databases - Use your library card to log in to Find It Virginia to search InfoTrac and General Reference Center Gold for consumer publications, including Consumer Reports.

The following web sites (listed alphabetically) provide a wealth of information (features, safety, etc.) for the prospective car buyer:
Aside from the many general buying guides available at the library and on the web, there are other resources related to cars that will be of interest to purchasers and owners.

Auto Repair and Owner Manuals
The library carries the Chilton manuals and those available for check-out are mostly located in the 629 area of the non-fiction section.

On the Web, only a few sites offer free repair information and resources (Chilton, Haynes, etc., all charge fees for access to their repair manuals):
Energy Efficiency/Fuel Economy
The following Web sites provide fuel economy information -- of particular interest during these times of high fuel prices:

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Health care - finding coverage that fits your budget, needs

Finding Affordable Health Coverage
With the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act  health insurance has changed and will be changing in important ways, especially in 2014, when Americans will have access to affordable health insurance options via the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Starting October 1, 2013, you can use the Marketplace to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. You can compare important features of several plans side-by-side, all of them offering a full package of essential health benefits. You can see what your premium, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs will be before you decide to enroll. Some states have set up (or are in the process of setting up) their own state health care exchanges. For Virginians, however, while Virginia's Department of Health provides health information, the state has not implemented/will not implement its own healthcare exchange/marketplace, so residents will use HealthCare.gov to get answers to questions and to enroll.

Key Dates
  • Oct. 1, 2013 - Open enrollment starts
  • Jan. 1, 2014 - Health coverage starts
  • March 31, 2014 - Open enrollment ends
Applying
You will need the following when you apply for health coverage:
  • Social Security Number (or document number if you are a legal immigrant)
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household needing coverage (pay stubs/W-2 forms)
  • Policy number(s) for any current health insurance plan(s) covering members of your household
  • A completed Employer Coverage form for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for
Learn More
Even though open enrollment does not begin until October 1, you can answer a few quick questions on the HealthCare.gov website to get:
  • A list of coverage options you may qualify for (specific plans and prices available Oct. 1)
  • Answers that will help you make good decisions
  • A personalized checklist to help you get ready to apply
You may also want to explore the Kaiser Family Foundation website, which features "An Early Look at Premiums and Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Marketplaces, 2014."

For Virginians
For more details on how the Affordable Health Care Act impacts Virginia residents, see the HHS.gov website and the Sept. 17, 2013 Washington Post article, "How to buy insurance under Obamacare if you live in Virginia if you live in Virginia."

Protect Yourself From Fraud/Identity Theft
  • Do not give out your personal health or financial information to someone who contacts you or comes to your home uninvited, even if they say they are from the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Keep personal and account numbers private. Do not give this information to companies you didn't contact or in response to unsolicited communications.
  • If something sounds fishy or confusing, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

Monday, July 1, 2013

July e-Resource: Get tutoring help this summer from state certified teachers

Even though school is out, Virginia students enrolled in summer school or following other academic pursuits in the summer months can receive tutoring help or summer schoolwork assistance from state-certified teachers through Homework Help, Literati's real-time online tutoring tool. Teachers are available to assist with reading, writing and math, and can help prevent the "summer slide."

Who is Homework Help for?
  • Grades 3-12
What subjects are covered?
  • Math
  • Reading 
  • Writing
When is Homework Help available?
  • SUMMER HOURS: June 24th - September 1st, Monday - Thursday 9am-4pm EDT
How do I access Homework Help?
1. Go to http://public.literati.credoreference.com
2. If you are brought to a login screen, select the name of your library (Fauquier County Public Library)
3. Enter your 10-digit library card number (200********)
4. Once on the Literati Public Homepage – click the black “Homework Help” tab
on the right side of the screen.
5. Enter your name, grade and subject – then connect to your live teacher!

Find Literati, along with other great e-resources on the library's website:

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian