Seen this new release? Now read the book!

There are a number new releases in theaters that have book components available through Hoopla & OverDrive.

Hoopla & OverDrive have you covered with eBooks and audiobooks that correspond with some of the upcoming movie titles. Remember with Hoopla, there is no waiting and content is available immediately!


Hoopla has a collection of Star Wars eBooks.  Catch up on reading these either before or after you see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Click here to see the entire collection of titles available on Hoopla. There is also a number of Star Wars related titles on OverDrive in both audio book and eBook format.


The Assassin’s Creed movie is currently in theaters.  This movie is inspired by the popular video game series.  On Hoopla there is a collection of audio books. Click here to see the collection.


Hidden Figures hits theaters on December 25.  With Hoopla the audio book is available.  On OverDrive both the audio book and eBook is on the site, but users will need to place a hold for the titles through OverDrive.

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Holiday Decorating

Decorating your Library for the Holiday Season?

Use e-resource promotional materials to help!

OverDrive has print-ready flyers available including a Holiday Marketing Kit.


Hoopla has a variety of seasonal posters and cards as well!

Materials for year-round use are also available.


 EBSCO Support offers Promotional Kits for many of their resources including NoveList.  You will find posters, bookmarks, tutorials and more.

After the Holidays, remind patrons of our Health & Medicine database, Consumer Health Complete, to help them begin a healthy, happy New Year!

Get into the spirit and promote your wondrous resources!


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Digital Resource Resolutions

December, again? Already? Where does the time go?

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably so busy that you sometimes forget about keeping up with the digital resources. There’s always a million and one things to do in a busy library, but the pace of technological change isn’t slowing down anytime soon. What to do?

Research demonstrates that writing down your goals increases the chance that you will actually achieve them. The same study indicates that if you periodically check in with a friend to share your progress, your chance of achieving your goals jumps even higher (study results available here). You probably set goals all the time, but have you considered writing one just for databases? Or digital content?


I’m going to try it for 2017, and I hope you’ll join me! The hardest part seems to be deciding on a goal – there are so many options. You could:

  • Become fluent in one Mango language by the end of the year.
  • Download one piece of digital content per month and review it for your users.
  • Spend 30 minutes per week discovering new music in Freegal or Hoopla.
  • Search MasterFile once a week for an article on a topic you’re interested in.
  • Use NoveList to master one new-to-you genre by January 2018.
  • Schedule self-directed learning for a different digital resource each month.

The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. And if you like to work in teams, you can even buddy up with your colleagues for some group goals.

If that sounds like fun, why not take 30 minutes with a cup of your favorite warm beverage and your preferred note-taking method to brainstorm? Then come back to the Virtual Lexicon and comment on this post with your 2017 digital resource resolution.

As for me, I’ve decided to face my fears and block out some weekly time to get better at Zinio in 2017. Wish me luck! I’ll report back in future VL posts to let you know how it’s going.

Leigh Anne

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