OverDrive Media Console 3.0
OverDrive, the company our MyMediaMall consortium uses to provide eBooks and eAudiobooks, launched a new and improved media console for tablets and smart phones this week. Depending on your device, you may be prompted to download the new console, or it may happen automatically.
You will see a new splash screen, prompting you to add a library or add some books to your bookshelf, complete with visuals to point you in the right direction. Once you have your libraries and/or books added, more tutorial screens will walk you through the new interface, showing up when you go to your bookshelf or open an eBook. Each tutorial screen shows up once, but is available again using the option in Settings to show tutorials next time the app is started.
Aside from the tutorials, OverDrive has simplified getting around in the app. The Home Menu is your one stop for navigating the improved OMC v3.0. From there, you can go to the My Libraries list, the Bookshelf, Settings, History, OverDrive One and more. In addition to the ease in navigation, the Home menu also provides a better in-app help experience, offering detailed solutions to common questions and issues within OMC.
History is a list of titles that have been deleted from the app upon expiration, or returned to the library. This feature will allow you to keep track of the titles you have read – options range from the last 10 deleted titles to the last 100 deleted titles – so you will run less of a risk of listening to/reading the same books over again, unless you want to.
The biggest new feature in the Home Menu, OverDrive One, allows you to sync your title bookmarks and furthest point read between devices. So, you can stop reading on your Android phone, pick up your iPad to continue, and you’re back in the same place – much like when using OverDrive Read in your browser.
When reading a book, you can view another menu, called the Book menu, which allows for simpler navigation within the book, providing access to the table of contents, book details, and editable bookmarks.
If you use an iOS device, such as an iPad or iPhone, 3.0 also has a new feature for your MP3 audiobooks. You will be able to change the playback speed to suit your preference for a faster or slower delivery. OverDrive found this to be the most requested change from audiobook listeners.
OMC 3.0 is just one example of the way digital media keeps growing and changing. We will continue to do our best to keep you informed of developments as they happen.Add a comment
Teen Tech Tutor Service Will Continue
Teen Tech Tutors---a new one-on-one program at Cook Park Library, in which volunteer teen tutors help out patrons with questions about their computers, mobile devices, social media and downloading library books----has been a huge success this summer! The last summer session will be Thursday, August 15, from 9:30 to 11:30am. But don’t worry if you can’t make it that day. The popular service will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 on Saturday mornings in the fall, starting September 7.
This summer the teen volunteers have helped library patrons set up email accounts, add pictures and sound to PowerPoint presentations, play Candy Crush, upload pictures to Facebook, talk on Skype and download library ebooks onto their ereaders.
Although the summer program has been focused primarily on helping senior citizens, Teen Tech Tutors welcome patrons of all ages with technology questions. Bring your question (and your device if that’s what’s bugging you) and a Tutor will sit down with you and walk you through the solution that’s eluding you. You’ll find that even when teens initially seem to be stumped by a tech problem, these members of “the digital generation” are generally able to figure out the answer.
- What: Teen Tech Tutors Drop-In (no reservations necessary)
- Where: Cook Park Library in Libertyville
- When: Saturday mornings starting September 7, from 9:30 to 11:30am.
New Mobile Version of Website
Perhaps you have noticed that now when you open our website on a mobile device, you see a new, slimmed down version of the site. Our regular website is difficult to navigate and read on a smartphone or any other device with a smaller screen. The new mobile site brings some of our most heavily used online functions to the forefront with an interface that is much better suited to small screens. This version loads automatically on mobile devices, but you can easily switch back to the regular website if you prefer.
Also, we now have a mobile-friendly version of our online catalog, which is specifically designed to be easily viewed and used on mobile devices. New features will be added to our mobile site as certain services, such as databases and the Events calendar, become more mobile friendly. All of these changes are designed to help you enjoy library services while on the go!Add a comment
Digital Materials Survey Results
Our recent survey regarding digital materials yielded some useful patron feedback. Here are some highlights:
- An overwhelming majority (73.1%) of respondents think we should balance digital services and collections with traditional print and media.
- Most respondents feel that providing eReaders or other devices for check-out is not important, while increasing our eBook and eAudio content is very important. Our digital content offerings have recently expanded with the addition of the 3M Cloud Library and Freegal Music.
- Of the software and new services suggested, the one survey participants were most interested in was a VHS-DVD conversion tool.
- The survey revealed which video game platforms are used in most households, as well as the fact that many adults play video games. Additional games on the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 platforms are being added.
Our thanks to everyone who completed the survey!Add a comment
VITA Indexing for Obituaries and News Articles
We are proud to announce that we now have VITA, an online index for use in local history and genealogical research. Currently VITA indexes obituaries from the Libertyville Review and a small but growing number of articles from various Libertyville newspapers, dating as far back as 1894. Using VITA, you can do research electronically from anywhere!
Users can search using a name, phrase, or keyword and can even limit the search by year. Once you locate information in VITA, you can visit the library’s Cook Park location and use our new microfilm machines to read and print the obituary or news article. If you prefer, you can obtain a copy of a listed obituary or article by sending the relevant information (name and date) along with a SASE and $5 per item to:
Cook Memorial Public Library
413 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048