Hoopla is your friend this summer!

As schools are starting to come to an end, families are starting to plan for summer road trips. As they visit the library, remember to remind all patrons about the wonderful selection of Audiobooks that Hoopla has to offer. For families looking for family-friendly audios that everyone will enjoy, there is a great list that they have put together.


Here are a few of my favorites!



Gabi Bolland – Robinson Library

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Happy Health Hunting!

So we all worry about our health – yes, even patrons! Consumer Health Complete is one of the health databases that as an ACLA library your patrons can use to learn more about their health concerns. Consumer Health Complete has reports, images, diagrams, news, magazines and even videos.


You know that you can trust the information that your patrons are receiving from Consumer Health Complete because this database complies with HONcode standards (which honestly should make you feel so much better than watching your patrons googling their health problems).


Consumer Health Complete also allows your patrons access to both medical dictionaries and encyclopedias. There are even guides to both prescription and nonprescription drugs so patrons are better informed about their well being in as many areas as possible.


Consumer Health complete does offer an advance search feature that is easy to use for those interested in narrowing their medical searches.


Now that you know more about Consumer Health Complete you can better assist your patrons when they are trying to better understand their health concerns!

Happy Healthy Hunting!


Northland Public Library

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Research at Your Fingertips

Around this time, kids are getting ready to finish up the school year and turn in final papers and projects.  When students come in for help with research and you don’t have what they need on hand, refer them to our databases, especially Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context.


This database is great for research.  It is an authoritative resource that uses over 300 primary source documents.  Source citations are provided in lots of styles that can be saved, downloaded, emailed, shared via social media and more.   Its user-friendly interface makes it really easy to search and browse.

This database is unique in that it allows students to explore topics from all perspectives.  It offers pro and con essays for current topics and is great for debaters.

Besides articles, Opposing Viewpoints in Context incorporates news and a variety of multimedia, including images, audio/video files and NPR podcasts.   This variety encourages students to evaluate content in diverse formats and media.

Opposing Viewpoints includes interactive maps.  Images can be downloaded in PNG, JPEG, PDF and SVG Sector formats.  CSV data can also be downloaded.  Statistics and charts providing empirical data are also available and easily accessible.  Source citations are provided for everything.

Students can also access Gale’s Research Toolkit: Help with Research and Reports for High School Students.  This site offers various tips and worksheets to help students judge information, choose a topic, make an outline and more.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a very rich, easy-to-use database.  Don’t hesitate to recommend it to your patrons – they will love it!

PS – You can access a You Tube video of recent staff training right here on the Virtual Lexicon that will show you how to use library databases and downloadables.

Lisa DeLucia, Upper St. Clair Library


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Get a sneak peak–RBdigital app!

You’ve asked for it! It’s almost here! Patrons will be able to access BOTH OneClickdigital and Zinio through a single app–RBdigital!


Recorded Books previously offered audiobooks and eBooks through the OneClickdigital app, while offering magazines through the popular Zinio for Libraries service. The new RBdigital app increases accessibility for patrons by housing all of these products in a single app, and this single app also increases discoverability by exposing users to all the formats available for their favorite titles and areas of interest.

In addition to simple (but eye-catching) improvements like onscreen menus, personal checkout history, and font and color-scheme enhancements, RBdigital also boasts upgrades such as the ability to search for eBook and audiobook content within the app (one of the most popular new features) and a new wishlist option (perfect for planning listening/reading schedules).

For a sneak peek at the new app, click the link below to register for a webinar hosted by Library Journal on May 11, 2017 at 2:00.


Our patrons are going to love this simplified link to RBdigital products!

Karen S.

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