Zinio Is Getting Its App Together

To kick off the New Year, Zinio has announced major enhancements to its mobile apps. Effective now, patrons may check out magazines from within the mobile app and set preferences to auto-download magazines and queue multiple magazines for batch downloading.

iOS iPhone and iPad App Enhancements
• Direct links to your local library to check out new magazines
• Download preferences for automatically downloading checkouts or queuing up multiple magazines for batch downloading
• Enhancements to storage management, including display of file size on devices
• Bug fixes for sorting

Android App Enhancements
• Direct links to your local library to check out new magazines
• Offline reading on Kindle
• Bug fixes for Kindle’s help section

Other Highlights

INSTANT READING ON DESKTOP AND MOBILE DEVICES
All patrons may read their checked-out magazines immediately in the online Zinio Reader for desktop and mobile devices.

OFFLINE READING ON MOBILE APPS
Available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire: Log in to the app using the same email and password used to check out magazines. After downloading, magazines may be read offline.

CHECK OUT NEW AND BACK ISSUES
Remind patrons that back issues of their favorite magazines are also available.

NEW-CONTENT REMINDERS
Patrons may opt-in to magazine-specific email reminders for when new issues become available.

HANDY HELP REFERENCES
Updated FAQs, user documentation, and how-to videos are part of the Help link, along with technical support links. Complimentary patron and staff phone support is also available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (ET) at 1-877-772-8346.

MARKETING IDEAS
Promote inside the library and within the community with ready-to-use marketing pieces and overview videos from the dedicated marketing site: www.rbdigitalmarketing.com/zinio.

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Ann

Cooper-Siegel Community Library

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New science database available now!

Good news… we now have access to Science Reference Center through POWER Library. Science Reference Center is an Ebsco database so the interface and searching features should be familiar to many of you. This is a great replacement for the county subscription to Science in Context which was cancelled in September 2015.

Description of Science Reference Center:

This e-resource contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. In addition, Science Reference Center includes more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

Links to the database will soon be added to the Find Articles pages at erec.einetwork.net. In the meantime, you can access the resource from POWER Library. Please remember to add the links to your library database page if your library  manages their own list of databases.

Happy researching!

Sharon (Mt. Lebanon)

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What Does the MasterFile Downgrade Mean?

You may have heard that Ebsco’s MasterFile product that we provide for county library users is being downgraded in 2016 to save money in response to budget cuts.  The change will mean we now have access to MasterFile Premiere instead of Complete. You will notice this change on erec.einetwork.net in the next couple of weeks.

What does this change mean for your patrons?  MasterFile is a tiered product with several levels of access. The good news is that we still have a decent product in Premiere, which is a more comprehensive product than Main Edition (which is offered through PowerLibrary). The bad news is that we are losing about 1300 titles of books and magazines only available in Complete.

Here is the complete list of titles lost:
https://backstage.einetwork.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/copy-of-mfc-titles-lost-when-downgrading-to-mfp.xls

The DRC committee decided that the list of titles lost included mostly less popular, low demand items and the loss wouldn’t have a great impact.

In 2015 the top 20 titles retrieved in the database were:

  1. Consumer Reports
  2. Consumer Reports Buying Guide
  3. American Record Guide
  4. Time Magazine
  5. School Library Journal
  6. Billboard
  7. EDUCATION WEEK
  8. Library Journal
  9. Time.com
  10. Educational Leadership
  11. Money
  12. Foreign Affairs
  13. USA Today
  14. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
  15. PHI DELTA KAPPAN
  16. The Columbia encyclopedia
  17. Education
  18. SCHOLASTIC SCOPE
  19. CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
  20. People

All of these titles will still be available in MasterFile Premiere!

For a complete list of titles accessible through premiere visit: https://www.ebscohost.com/public/masterfile-premier

Dustin S.
Sewickley Public Library

 

 

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