eResource Challenge Lite #3

We’re kicking off the new year with a new eResource Challenge!

confettiBefore we get to this month’s scenario, we want to congratulate Rita B. from CLP, the winner of last month’s challenge.  Her chances of winning were pretty good since only 20 people submitted a response.  Let’s all make a resolution to participate more in 2015.  That includes the Digital Resources Committee.  We resolve to do our best to post the monthly challenges on the day they are supposed to go live 😉 .

Despite the low numbers, the responses were impressive.  Many of you indicated that you would show the patron how to set their preferred maturity settings in OverDrive, disable cover images, point them to our eReading Rooms especially for kids and teens , and/or recommend other eResources such as TumbleBooks and BookFlix.

And now, on to this month’s challenge.  Here’s the scenario:

A patron calls and tells you he’s made a New Year’s resolution to start investing. He’s got a list of companies he’s considering investing in, but he wants to learn more about them.  He’d like to find out their current value, how they have performed in the past, and what the professionals have to say about them.  He’s also interested in whatever guides to investing we have to offer.

You know that Morningstar offers some great tools. What do you point him to specifically? Are there other resources you would suggest?

Submit your answer/tips in the comments section by Friday, January 16th to be eligible for a prize. (Comments are moderated, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see your comment right away.)

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Hoopla TV Unwrapped

As more and more tablets and laptops are unwrapped over the holidays, patrons will be excited to begin using and reusing Hoopla, which complements our physical collections well.

One section Hoopla highlights is Television, which offers many full runs of series, including multiple BBC shows such as The Office, The Inbetweeners, Wire in the Blood, Stargate SG-1, and The Addams Family.

Popular television genres are represented in full force here, from British sleuths (A Touch of Frost) to documentaries (Ken Burns, PBS, History Channel, National Geographic) to classics (The Beverly Hillbillies).

The Health & Fitness selection is also an easy recommendation that will be a big hit with patrons, especially in this season of resolutions. There are plenty of popular instructors, including Jillian Michaels, available to view right now.

Of course, there are children’s titles available as well, including Sid the Science Kid, Tickety Toc, Mike the Knight, Octonauts, Chuggington, and Caillou.

With an easy registration system and a pleasurable browsing experience, Hoopla is an easy sell that continues to get better.

Jeff, South Park

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