Gale in Context: Environmental Studies

Between natural disasters, record-breaking temperatures, PFAS in makeup (and more) the environment is rightfully in the news lately. For patrons that want to know more about environmental issues, be sure to check out Gale in Context: Environmental Studies database (formerly GREENR, courtesy of Pennsylvania’s Power Library).

This database includes news, statistics, and commentaries on environmental topics such as sustainability, healthcare, climate change, and more. Patrons can browse from an alphabetized list of issues or search directly in the search bar. On each issue page, you can view case studies, references, magazines, images, news stories, videos, academic journals, audio clips, websites, as well as related topics. You can also search within those results to further refine the topic. 


Northland Public Library

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Audiobook Advisory

Audiobooks continue to grow in popularity, as evidenced by the amount of copies of top titles in OverDrive. For instance, Laura Dave’s current bestseller “The Last Thing He Told Me” currently has 467 holds on 85 copies.

While certain titles will be popular in all formats, audiobooks do have an extra hurdle that print books don’t: what if the reader isn’t good? Any number of factors can contribute to not enjoying the narration of an audiobook–the reader chooses to take on accents they shouldn’t, inconsistently pronounces or mispronounces names, or they just don’t seem to fit for the listener.

While traditional reviews and word of mouth on a book can help in selecting whether to choose an audiobook, there are now more outlets that specifically review the audio experience.

AudioFile Magazine reviews many new releases, along with an extensive back catalog of reviews.

Book Riot has an audiobook-specific vertical on their website with reviews, news, and articles. They just released an article called “Who Listens to Audiobooks”, which highlights an interesting study done called Immersive Media and Books 2020. An especially interesting statistic for library staff: 81/4% of survey respondents that listen to audiobooks have a library card.

Vulture, the culture website of New York Magazine, has been doing a monthly audiobook recommendation article that generally includes some more obvious bestseller releases (they recommended “The Last Thing He Told Me” for July) with some more obscure fare. One other aspect that is interesting about Vulture’s coverage is they note the speed you can listen to the book at for optimal listening pleasure. One major positive to the growing shift to e-audio is being able to speed up narration when appropriate.

As audiobooks continue to grow in popularity, there will surely be more coverage specific to the audio experience of a title. These sites are a great place to start for both those new to audiobooks and those that go through multiple books a month.

Jeff, South Park

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As we are heading into the final month of summer I wanted to draw your attention to Flipster.

Flipster is great for those not so careful patrons (or librarians;)) who want to take along popular magazines to the beach or poolside.

Flipster Apps

With 71 popular titles, everyone is sure to find the perfect light reading for their end of summer vacations!

Gabi B. – Robinson Library

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Quick Link to eKids

Are you sending people to the eLibrary page, either as a link from your website or in marketing materials? Keep in mind that it can be a LOT to sort through (especially for kids) and not all of it is appropriate or useful for all ages! Send your younger patrons instead straight to the eKids page with the below link, or let them know to click “Kids” or “Teens” at the top right of the eLibrary page for the best resources for their age group. And in case you need it, here’s an awesome graphic to use in your marketing (shoutout to Richelle of our Downloadables Committee for that one!).

Kids – eResources for Allegheny County Public Libraries (

Heather Auman
Western Allegheny Community Library

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