Talk to your library!

You might have noticed that we like to interact with our patrons! The Library has many different social media websites so we can interact with YOU! We use these accounts to keep you updated on what’s going on here. This blog is just one of the places we use to give you information!

Here are some of our other accounts:

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ephrata-Public-Library/188811997801664

Twitter

http://twitter.com/ephratapublic

Tumblr

http://ephratapubliclibrary.tumblr.com/

Pinterest

http://pinterest.com/ephratalibrary/

Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/eplinterns

We also have a review blog! Here you can submit your reviews and share your thoughts on the books you’ve read and read reviews from other members of our community!

http://eplyoureview.wordpress.com/

We love hearing from you so check out our other webpages and feel free to shoot us a message anytime!

Laura

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Google Docs

If you have a Google Account you have access to a ton of wonderful web applications. If you’re wondering how to get a Google account click here.

If you don’t have Microsoft Office on your computer (Word, Excel, etc.) Google Docs is a great alternative. To use Google Docs all you need is access to an internet connection. Now don’t let the name fool you, Google Docs isn’t only a word processor, when you click “Create” it gives you the choice for spreadsheets, presentations, and various other options.

What are the benefits of using Google Docs?

Besides being absolutely free, anything you create in Google Docs will be saved to your account. This means you can access those documents anywhere you have an internet connection. You can also share your documents with other Google Doc users. If you’re collaborating with someone on a specific project you can share that document with them and anytime they save changes it will save them on your account as well. They also have a feature that allows you to add comments to the document you’re working on. This is nice for communicating with people you’re working with, or just notes to yourself.

You can also upload Microsoft Office files into Google Docs and continue editing them. You might not have ALL the features of other programs, but you have all the necessities. Overall this is a great resource to have!

Laura

Asana

We are huge fans of project collaboration here at Ephrata Public Library. Doing projects together is great, but sometimes it’s difficult for us to keep track of who’s doing what. Websites like Asana make our jobs easier.

Asana is a web application dedicated to task management for teams. You can create projects, and list all the things that need to be done for that project. It’s like a virtual check list, however, you can assign the tasks to other people in your Asana network. For example, we have a project labeled “blogs/social media” and under that our boss can assign different staff members to update our blogs by certain dates.

Asana will send you a daily e-mail reminding you of your tasks and showing you their due dates. As due dates get closer those tasks move to the top of your list. When you finish a task you click the little “check” box and this marks it completed. (It’s extremely satisfying.) This will notify the person who assigned the task to you as well as move the item to the completed list.

While working on a task you might want to discuss something with the person who assigned it to you. Each task has an “Activity Feed”. This shows when the task was assigned to you along with other details. You can post a comment to interact with others working on the project.

You can also use Asana to keep track of your own tasks. I like to keep a list of all the things that need done even when I’m working alone. By putting in due dates it will mix my personal tasks along with the tasks I need to finish for projects and prioritize them by due date.

If you want to learn more about Asana check out this video:

https://app.asana.com/app/help_videos?intro

Laura

School Apps

Now that school is in full swing you might be looking for some great apps to help you stay organized. Here is a collection of websites with suggestions for great “back to school” apps that will help you stay organized this semester.

http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/12-great-ipad-apps-for-back-to-school/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-back-to-school-apps/

http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/8_backtoschool_apps_college_students#slide-0

Some of my personal favorites are Dragon Dictation, which is a speech-to-text app. Tired of typing? Speak into your device and let it do the work for you. Flashcards+ is a great way to quiz yourself when you’re getting ready for a test allowing you to create your own deck of flashcards. Dropbox allows you to access your files on any device you’re using. This allows me to take my work files whereever I go! When I update a file it syncs it to all my devices.

Those are just some of the great apps in these lists! Be sure to check them out.

Laura

Fall At Your Library

As the air starts to chill and the leaves start to change we’re getting ready for a whole new batch of programs at the library. You can check out all the library’s programs by going here:

http://ephratapubliclibrary.org/calendar.php

What better time of year is there for improving your computer skills?

We’re offering a bunch of beginner computer classes, including How to Use a Keyboard and Mouse, and Intro to Computers. We also have an Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computers that covers everything from keyboard and mouse to making a basic document in Word. This  is a 5-part course with $50 fee. These classes are ideal for people who haven’t had the opportunity to learn the computer.

For more advanced users we’re offering classes on Beginner and Intermediate Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010. Each class is two parts and has a $20 fee. Back by popular demand, we’re offering the Getting to Know Your Kindle Fire class again! This class has a $10 fee. All paid classes include handouts. There is also a Pinterest, and Security on the Internet class.

We’re offering a brand new program this Fall. Come check out our Tech Petting Zoo! This program will allow you to demo different electronic devices. The first petting zoo is Thursday, September 13. September’s petting zoo focuses on e-readers, and we’re going to have Sony e-readers, Kindles, Nooks, and other devices for you to test. In November we will have ALL our devices out to try in a Christmas preview. What better way to prepare for holiday shopping than trying the devices you’re thinking about purchasing?

If you’re interested in ANY of these programs you MUST REGISTER to attend. You can register by clicking the link posted above, or by calling the library. (717-738-9291) Keep in mind if you can’t attend you need to call and cancel. If you don’t give us 24-hours notice we will have to charge a $5.00 fee to your account.

We hope to see you this season!

Laura

Ebooks at the library

If you have a Kindle or an ereader, and you are wondering if you can get books through the library, the answer is YES!

The Lancaster Library System offers a program called Overdrive. Using Overdrive you can download Ebooks (and eaudio if you’re interested) to your eReaders and mobile devices.

Click HERE to visit the Overdrive website.

You MUST have a Lancaster Library card to access our collection!

Things you should know before checking out Ebooks:

  • If you’re using a Kindle you can only download KINDLE files. EPUB and Adobe PDF files WILL NOT transfer to a Kindle.
  • There are limited copies of each item. If the Ebook you want to borrow is not available, you can be put on a waiting list. When it’s your turn, you will be notified via e-mail.
  • If you’re downloading ebooks to a device other than a Kindle, you need to download Adobe Editions to transfer the books from your computer.
  • There is an OverDrive app available for mobile devices.

If you want to see what eBooks are offered click on the “View all eBooks” on the left-hand side under “Collections”.

If you would want to view what items are available TODAY, check off “Only show titles with copies available” under the search bar, before clicking search.

There are walkthroughs on how to download items to your device under the “Help” menu on the website.

Happy reading!

-Laura

Downloadable eAudiobooks

The Library offers two services that allow you to download eAudio books to your mobile devices.

Overdrive offers both eBooks and eAudiobooks and is available through all Lancaster Libraries.

and

OneClickDigital which is offered through Ephrata Public Library.

Both of these services are free, and all you need is a Lancaster Library card to access them!

Each service has it’s own “Media Manager” that you need to download. There are walkthroughs under the Help menu on each website to explain how to do this. The media managers take care of transferring the eAudiobooks to your mobile device. You can also listen to eAudiobooks right on your computer!

Both services offer different titles, but OneClickDigital has no waiting lists for the items you want to check out.

To access these services:

Overdrive

OneClickDigital

Make sure to check the lists of supported devices on each website to make sure your device is able to play the files! After you have the media manager downloaded you can select the title you want. It will download into the media manager, and you can either listen to it right on your computer or transfer it to your device.

Both companies  offer an App to download eAudiobooks straight to your mobile devices. Make sure to check if your device supports the App!

Happy downloading!

-Laura

Google Accounts

Google offers a variety of different services that you can gain access to by signing up for a Google account. All of these services are given to you for FREE.

To sign up for a google account go here:

https://accounts.google.com/NewAccount

After you get an account you’ll have access to some of our favorite Google products including:

  • Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
  • Google Docs
  • Google Reader
  • Gmail

Having a google account can help you get all your information in one place. Once you personalize these services you can access them anywhere you have internet. You also have the option of sharing things like your calendar, or documents with other people. This is great if you collaborate on projects!

To see a complete list of all the services Google offers click here.

We’ll be posting about these products and how we use them in the near future.

In the meantime, sign up for a Google account and start taking advantage of all the great free services!

-Laura

Pinterest

The Library uses a lot of different websites to communicate with our patrons. One of our favorites is Pinterest! Pinterest is a virtual pin board that you can stick ANYTHING you find on the internet on. You can have boards for whatever you want.

For example, the library has Pinterest boards for book suggestions, new movies, and other fun things. Privately we have boards to share program ideas with each other.

Besides creating your own pinboards you can follow other boards too. If you have friends with Pinterest accounts you can follow their  boards to see their updates on your home page. You can even repin things onto your own boards.

Setting up a Pinterest is really easy!

www.pinterest.com

You go to the link posted above, and click Request an Invite. After you give Pinterest your e-mail they will send you an invitation to join (this takes a few days).

After you make an account you want to download the “Pin it” button to your toolbar.

This button allows you to pin things easily to your boards from any website.

Be sure to check out the Library’s Pinterest too!

http://pinterest.com/ephratalibrary/

-Laura

Dropbox

You may have heard something referred to as the “cloud” these days. I get a lot of questions about what this “cloud” is.

Different companies (i.e. Amazon, Apple, etc) are now offering “cloud” storage. Cloud storage is basically storage space through the internet. Think of it like a hard drive that you can access anywhere you have internet.

We rely heavily on the cloud service at the library by using Dropbox. When you download Dropbox it puts a folder on your computer, and once you setup an account you can access Dropbox on any of your devices that you download Dropbox to!

For example, I put Dropbox on my work computer, and on my personal computer. I can access those files whenever I want on either computer. Any changes I make, automatically updates the file on both computers! It’s really cool.

You can also share folders in Dropbox. Let’s say you’re working on a project with a partner, and you both need access to the files. If you both have Dropbox, you can setup a shared folder that when changes are made it updates the files on BOTH computers.

What’s even better about all this? It’s free!

I’m posting the link below.

Dropbox

If you have any questions make sure to leave a comment!

-Laura