Thursday, December 18, 2014

Library's e-Resource Circulation Skyrockets

Library’s e-Resource Circulation Skyrockets

In 1996, I was asked if I thought that the Internet was going to be a threat to libraries.  At the time, I said no, but I must admit, I did not yet fully grasp what the relationship was going to be between public libraries and the Internet.  The answer was that the Internet was not going to replace the public library, but it has revolutionized what we do.  However, it did not replace what we do at the public library. 
Today, I am constantly asked if I see Ebooks as a threat to libraries, and I have to say absolutely not!  Ebooks go hand and hand with a public library’s mission.  Most libraries, including ours, have Ebooks available for you to download right now!
Ebooks are not a threat.  Libraries will circulate Ebooks.  It is that simple.  Some came to the library looking for books that you needed for a specific purpose, such as estate planning.  Other people came to the library looking for popular titles.  That hasn’t changed.  Whether you’re looking for books in e-format or print, the library has titles for you.
It has become clear that the variety of e-resources that the library has made available is being utilized by the public.   Our Ebook circulation is up 90% over 2013.  That represents about 25% of our total fiction circulation for the Gettysburg Library.  The number of new users of this service is growing by about the same number of new library card users we have in the library. 
Our Eaudio book circulation has also increased by more than 100%.  Right now Eaudio book circulation represents about 1/3 of all audio book circulation for the entire system.  That is an amazing increase and as more people have cars which connect to Bluetooth or usb devices, we will see that number and percentage increase.
This year we added Freegal, which lets you download and stream music through the Internet.  Users can download five songs a week and stream music for up to three hours a day.  This has been an instant success, and after only 6 months, we have as many downloads and streams as we have music CD’s checked out of the libraries. 
This is an amazing uptick in use.  The library system as a whole still has close to 70,000 registered users which is close to 70% of the entire county with library cards.  These cards can be used to day to download ebooks, eaudio book and music.  We will continue to bring you more titles and more options as we identify them.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and most happy new year!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Huck Finn: The Banned Classic

Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular.  Booktalk usually meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room.  All programs for are free and open to the public.
On November 24 Booktalk will begin a series of programs called “Lunch (bring your own) and Learn.”  They will be based on several CD lectures entitled “Classics of American Literature,” “Masterpieces of Short Fiction” and “Masterpieces of Russian Literature.”     
The first offering in the series begins with Mark Twain and a lecture on the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”  The lecturer is Dr. Arnold L. Weinstein, who at the  time of publication of his lecture was the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor and also  Professor  of Comparative Literature  at Brown University.
Dr. Weinstein says “Ever since its appearance ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ has offended.” In 1885 the Concord Public Library banned the book and over the years many school districts in America have followed suit. Dr. Weinstein recognizes that there are issues that the book raises about race and slavery; he has also said that there is an even more central text in the book: the topic of freedom—not just for escaped slaves but also for young white boys.  Dr. Weinstein calls the book “a rite of passage story” and entitles his lecture “Huckleberry Finn---The Banned Classic.”
            On Monday December 29 the topic for the “Lunch and Learn” series will be Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story entitled “The Yellow Wall Paper.”  Her best known work, Ms Gilman wrote this story after her stay in a hospital for postnatal depression.  Dr. Weinstein’s lecture on the story is called “War Against Patriarchy.” 
News of further programs will be forthcoming.
          The Friends of the Library has a book store which presents   a wide variety of gently used, attractive and interesting books for sale.  It is located on the first floor of the Gettysburg Library just inside the Baltimore Street entrance. The bookstore is usually open from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday thru Thursday; 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday and Saturday; and on Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
As a member of the Friends you will be entitled to a 20% discount on most materials.  Stop by!! Join!! Be a Friend!! Your membership dollars go directly to the Adams County Library System for programs and materials.

For your information the Adams County Library is sponsoring several book discussion groups:
    Mystery Novels on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library;
    Non-fiction Books the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library.  Info: 334-5716

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What's new at the library

What’s new at the library

              Here is a look at some of the DVDs recently added to the adult collection at the library. If you’ve missed a new movie or television program, wish to revisit an old favorite, or are looking for something completely different, stop by and browse through our selection of videos. They are all available to borrow free of charge.
              New history documentaries include Vikings: the real warriors, hosted by historian Neil Oliver, reveals clues to the Viking culture. Japanese American Incarceration, 1942-1945 looks at several camp locations preserved by the National Park Service.  The Mystery of Agatha Christie follows actor David Suchet as he travels around England exploring the life of the great mystery novelist. Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service, narrated by Samuel West, looks at the history of MI6, which has been involved in international espionage for over a century. Fourteen War Stories is a collection of World War I stories from the letters and journals of those who actually lived it.
              New documentaries about current issues include Pandora’s Promise about the history and future of nuclear power. Fed Up examines the role of the food industry in America’s obesity epidemic. Dirty Wars looks at the activities of the secret fighting force known as the Joint Special Operations Command. Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand follows members of the elite Combat Rescue unit of the U.S. Air Force as they are deployed to Afghanistan to rescue those captured or shot down behind enemy lines.
New travel programs include Reader’s Digest 12 Best Trips in which host Rudy Maxa takes the viewer to twelve must see places around the world. Three new documentaries, Arizona: Footprints of the Ancients, Florida Everglades & Biscayne, and Mount Rainier & Mount St. Helens are from the Discoveries-- America National Parks series, highlighting national parks and historic sites in each of those regions.
New nature programs include Wild Hawaii, from National Geographic and narrated by J.K. Simmons. Martin Clunes’ Wild Life is a collection of five nature programs hosted by the star of Doc Martin.  Fabulous Frogs, narrated by David Attenborough, looks at unique frogs and their habitats. Hidden Kingdoms, narrated by Stephen Fry, views the world from the perspective of some of the planet’s smallest creatures.
New releases of British television programs include Bates Motel, DCI Banks, Death in Paradise, Hinterland, In the flesh, New Tricks, Poirot, Scott & Bailey, and Vera. New seasons of other series include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Big Bang Theory, Blacklist, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Homeland, The Newsroom, Sleepy Hollow, True Detective, and The Witches of East End.
              Upcoming film releases to look forward to include: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Equalizer, The Expendables 3, Fury, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, The Maze Runner, This is Where I Leave You, Walk Among the Tombstones.
               Be sure to check the library's Pinterest page, also accessible through our website, for updates on our new DVDs. All of these videos and many more are available to you with your library card.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

More than Test Prep

More than Test Prep
The library currently subscribes to two online resources that assist users in making confident decisions about their futures.
Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier.  TERC is loaded with information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level.  Plus, the resume Builder and Virtual career library make TERC perfect for job seekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search.
For many students, the key to testing success is “practice, practice, practice” — which is why Testing & Education Reference Center offers an extensive selection of online and eBook test-prep materials. Career-oriented test prep includes online practice tests for information technology, law programs, nursing programs, Air Force officer qualifying, military flight aptitude, and civil service and licensure exams.
Users will find high-school test prep for GED, AP, ISEE, COOP, SSAT and more. Those aiming toward college can find tests geared to CLEP, FCAT, SAT, ACT, PSAT, TAKS and more. Graduate school preps include GRE, LSAT, MCAT and MAT. There are even international tests covering TOEFL, TOEIC and U.S. citizenship
TERC is the place to research college opportunities.  It provides a vast collection of information on two- and four-year institutions across the United States to help students (and parents) screen potential schools.
Intuitive searches and quick results deliver data that includes the school’s location, tuition, majors, average G.P.A. of incoming students, religious affiliations if any, and much more. And when the selection comes down to a graduate school, students can find nearly 37,000 accredited programs representing a variety of disciplines.
It also helps students and parents prepare financially by identifying aid sources and offering tips on how to secure available funds.  TERC also offers one of the largest databases of scholarships and grants to assist students in funding their education. Updated and accurate information on more than 1.5 million financial awards is easily accessed.
Testing & Education Reference Center integrates well with another product offered by the library – Career Transitions.  Career Transitions is all about accessibility and guidance – helping users get started, and follow through – on meaningful activities to help your chances of finding sustainable employment.
Users will find a powerful job search; detailed information on over 9,000 post-secondary schools and 3,500 training programs, over 300 online continuing education courses; guided resume and cover letter creation; and fun and interactive practice strategies to help users build skills, strategies and confidence.
So why not check out these two resources?  They’re available to all library card holders on the library’s website, 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Book Discussions Launched at Gettysburg Library

New Book Discussions Launched at Gettysburg Library

Discussing books with patrons is one of my favorite aspects of working in the library. It always interests me to see and to hear what others are reading and recommending. I have discovered new favorite authors and new types of books by discussing reading habits with patrons. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to meet with reading groups throughout the county to discuss the Adams County Reads One Book. Getting together with a group of people who share the same interests in an author, a title, or even a type of book, is always a guaranteed fun time. 

With this in mind, it is my pleasure to announce two new exciting book discussion groups forming at the Gettysburg Library. The overall topic for each discussion group came from recommendations by the community. An online survey, posted via the library system’s social media outlets, allowed Adams County residents to share their opinions on what types of books should be discussed and when discussions should take place.

Mystery lovers will enjoy the Mystery Book Discussion, which takes place the 3rd Thursday of each month, at 6:30pm. Join other armchair detectives as we discuss mystery books and authors. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, November 20, in the Children's Programming Room. No registration is required.

The inaugural meeting of the Nonfiction Book Discussion will take place Tuesday, November 11, at 6:30pm, in the USS Eisenhower Room. This is a great opportunity for readers to meet and to discuss nonfiction titles. To participate in this first meeting, please read a nonfiction title by David McCullough. Details about future meetings will be discussed at this meeting. No registration is required.

For details about these book discussion groups, such as next month’s selections, please stop by, call or visit the library.

In 2015, look for other book discussion groups forming at the Gettysburg Library. If you have a specific type of book discussion you would like to see meet at the library, let us know! These discussions would not be possible without the help of volunteers willing to help lead the discussions. If you have an interest in leading a book discussion, please let us know!

If you cannot make the book discussion group meetings but would like to discover new books based on book recommendations and similar titles, take a look at the Books and Authors electronic database through the Adams County Library System website. Using your library card number and PIN number (the last four digits of your library card number), you can explore fiction and nonfiction titles and genres. Find read-a-likes of your favorite author. Discover a new series of books to enjoy. Explore books with similar themes and settings. Choose a book featured on bestsellers’ lists or award winning lists. Create an account with Books and Authors to make a “wish list” of authors and titles you want to read. If you need any help setting up an account, or would like more information about Books and Authors, visit any of the Adams County Library System locations, and the staff can help you navigate the program.

Hope to see you soon at the library!