DRC Gale Presents: Udemy Raffle!

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The Digital Resources Committee is hosting a raffle from April 19 – 30, 2021!  

What is Udemy, you ask? Gale Presents: Udemy offers more than 6,000 personal and professional development video courses on topics ranging from health and well-being to the Office Suite and digital marketing. 

To be entered into the raffle, watch a Gale Presents: Udemy course – any course – and share a copy of your course completion certificate with us by April 30.  

Once we receive your certificate, you will automatically be entered into the raffle.  

Three Ways to Send Us Your Certificate:  

  1. Take a picture of your certificate on your phone and email it to either Hilary (lewislacknerh@carnegielibrary.org) or Erin (weavere@einetwork.net)  
  1. Scan your certificate and send it as an attachment in an email to either Hilary or Erin 
  1. Make a copy of your certificate and send it interlibrary mail to Hilary at CLP – Library Support Center   

Once we receive your certificate, your name will be entered into the raffle.  

We will randomly choose a winner from all entries the week of May 3. 

Raffle Prize: 

A fun collection of office supplies! Who doesn’t love office supplies??  

Want to learn more about the vast digital resources the county offers? Subscribe to the eLibrary Backstage site. 

Questions? Please email Hilary or Erin.  

-Erin Weaver- Bridgeville Public Library

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OverDrive Libby Design Updates

OverDrive made several updates to Libby’s look and feel:

  • Catalog guides now appear on the library home screen for quick discovery and access.
  • New filters for what’s new, what’s popular, what’s available, and subject listings appear at the top of the library home screen for easier browsing.
  • The footer navigation is updated and a helpful tutorial guides returning users through the changes:
    • Spyglass icon: Run a search
    • Library card icon: Go to Library
    • Libby menu: Manage libraries & get help
    • Bookstack: Go to Shelf
    • Clock: Open activity timeline

Wish list syncing
Based on popular request, Libby now supports wish list syncing with the OverDrive app and your library’s OverDrive website. Users with active wish lists will be notified in-app and prompted to sync their wish list titles into a single tag. Learn more here.

Notify Me & other tag enhancements
OverDrive made many other enhancements to tags, including: New Notify Me: Series tag that sends push or email notifications when the next issue of a magazine is available. In the future, we will add more options for users to receive notifications when other content of interest is added to your library’s collection. Automatic tag syncing across devices. Automatic tagging of borrowed and sampled titles.

New to Libby? Check out the Libby Getting Started Website

~ Hilary Lewis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Consumer Financial Education

With many of our patrons out of work or underemployed, it is a great time to share information with them to help them make the right financial decisions.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can help. CFPB is one of the newest government agencies. It was created in 2011 in response to the financial crises of 2008.

The website itself provides information directed towards the computer savvy patron. But one of the best aspects of the CFPB is the amount of materials available for libraries to distribute to its patrons.

The library resources page provides free publications and online educational tools. They also offer program ideas and outreach materials.

Money Smart Week is coming (April 10-17) so be sure to check out their site as well!

Tracy – Monroeville

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Explore Pittsburgh’s Rich History

Calling all history buffs! Historic Pittsburgh, found on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s website, contains a wealth of primary and secondary resources about the city’s history and surrounding areas. This is a great tool for those who are interested in the general history of Pittsburgh.

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This resource includes features such as:
City directories
Maps of Allegheny County and its surrounding boroughs
Historic photographs
Letters and memorabilia from prominent local figures

historic pittsburgh homepage

You can browse the site by clicking on one of the six boxes on the homepage or choose to perform a general or advanced search.

The side links that appear on the results screen allow you to explore related topics and other collections.

One feature that I found interesting was the Exhibits section, which features articles on past exhibits by partner organizations such as Chatham University.

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Have fun exploring!

Erin Weaver, Bridgeville Public Library

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