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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Marketing Udemy

The county’s newest addition to our superb assortment of e-resources is Udemy! 6000+ courses offering upskilling in business, tech, and personal development across 75+ different categories. So let’s talk about how to get word out to patrons that Udemy is awesome. I’ve had great luck with physical displays (of course, that’s not entirely possible these days, but if you put on your thinking cap, it can easily be done on your website or virtually in so many ways!) I have a ‘read this book – take this class’ approach. I find some juicy lonely nonfiction, pull it out and create a little bookmark to slip in that highlights a related Udemy class or CreativeBug or any other resource you’re trying to showcase. Here are some examples to get you started:

Kelley – Cooper-Siegel Community Library

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