July 8, 2014
The Palm Springs Public Library has added a new service to our already terrific lineup of great things available at the Library, Zinio Downloadable Magazines. We have 51 magazine titles available for download, many with back issues available to check out. You will find a variety of topics, such as architecture, food, finance, and fitness. You can read the magazines on your computer, tablet, or other mobile device. Signing up is a two-step process. See the full instructions HERE. The first time you access Zinio, you “Log In” and enter your Palm Springs Public Library card number to confirm that you are a valid user. Then you “Create New Account.” By creating the free account through our vendor, RB Digital, you are able to access and read your checked out magazines anywhere, any time. If you have a Zinio account at another library, such as the Rancho Mirage Library, I recommend that you use the same email address and password you used at Rancho Mirage Library. Then you can see all your magazines checked out from BOTH libraries. Once your account is established, you simply visit our website’s Zinio page and Log In.
I have two favorite things about Zinio. One, I can take multiple magazines anywhere on one device. Once I read the issue, I simply delete it from my tablet. I don’t have to worry about being overdue at the Library either. I do not even have to return the magazines; they are mine to keep for as long as I want. My second favorite thing about reading digital magazines is that I can zoom in on the text and make it large print, if necessary. I’m not admitting that I need reading glasses or anything!
I guess I really have THREE favorite things about Zinio. It’s FREE to Palm Springs Public Library cardholders. We pay for it so you don’t have to.
For those of you who do not have electronic devices or would prefer a regular magazine, we have 139 “regular” magazine subscriptions available at the Library. You can read the latest issue in the Library, but you can check out previous issues for two weeks, just like books or DVDs.
No matter how you prefer to read magazines, visit the Palm Springs Public Library, either in-person or online. We look forward to serving you!
April 17, 2014
Did you know that your Library card gives you access to so many more things than just books? One of the amazing things we have to offer is access to Tuition Funding Sources or TFS. TFS is a private service that helps students search for scholarships and other forms of financial aid to help pay for college. Just set up a free account, answer a few questions and TFS will search for scholarships that match your profile. On average, over 5,000 scholarships are added each MONTH. The site does not sell your information, nor do they advertise on their site.
Besides scholarship, financial aid, and student loan information, TFS provides information about various careers. If you have not decided what you want to be when you grow up, explore the list of careers. I can recommend “Librarian” as a wonderful career. I know I love my job!
April 7, 2014
Want to renew a book or place one on hold? There’s an app for that. Library hours or locations? There’s an app for that. Download an eBook? Find information fast? There’s an app for that, too.
The Palm Springs Public Library has recently launched a mobile app to put the library at your fingertips. From any smart phone or tablet connected to the internet you can instantly tap into library resources, anytime, anywhere. You can search the library catalog, check your account, find events and more.
To access the library’s mobile app, search Palm Springs Public Library in your smart phone, web-enabled mobile device or tablet’s market and download the app.
“Everyone lives on their mobile phones these days, so it’s important for the library to be easily accessible whenever and wherever people need access to our resources,” says Jeannie Kays, Director of Library Services. “Our mobile app puts library information just one click away with much faster access than going through a browser. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this new way to use the library by downloading our app.”
Searching the catalog with the mobile app is especially easy. Just type the first few letters of two or three words and search results will begin to appear. For example, if you’re looking up Mark Twain in the catalog, just type “ma twa.” Once you find the title you’re looking for, you can place it on hold right from your phone.
Other features include BookLook Mobile that lets you scan an ISBN barcode anywhere you are to see if the library owns the title. “This is an amazing feature,” says Jeannie Kays. “If you’re at a bookstore you can just scan the ISBN, see if we own it and—if we do—place a hold on it right from your phone.”
The library’s mobile app was developed by Boopsie Inc. More than 250 libraries and universities use Boopsie to increase campus and community visibility.
August 29, 2013
There are two words you don’t often hear when discussing downloading music, free and legal. Our new music downloading service is both: FREEGAL! Palm Springs Public Library has joined Library Ideas™ network of Public Library websites that offer access to over 7 million songs including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. If you don’t have a Palm Springs Public Library card, now is the perfect time to get one.
The Freegal™ Music Service will allow us to increase the size and diversity of our collection by offering access to over 28,000 music labels from 85 different countries. Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the Palm Springs Public Library can download three Freegal Music tracks in MP3 format each week at no direct cost via http://www.palmspringslibrary.org. The library will underwrite the purchase of the music. Starting in August, the Freegal Music Service will also have popular music videos for download. Videos will count as two downloads.
The Freegal Music Service has free mobile apps for registered cardholders of subscribing libraries. The Freegal Music apps are available in the Apple® App Store and Google Play®. From your home computer, you can create wish lists of songs you would like to download in future weeks and can also transfer downloaded songs to your iTunes account.
“Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries,” said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas. “The participation of so many leading independent labels will also help the library reach as many patron groups as possible.”
For more Freegal Music news and a list of this week’s chart toppers click here:
Director of Library Services
June 29, 2010
On Thursday, July 1st the Palm Springs Public Library will be launching three new online tools to assist our community, all for FREE with your Library card.
HelpNow, from Brainfuse, Inc., is our new Live Homework Help tool. This online tool will put students of all ages and grade levels in touch with a live tutor that will assist the student one-on-one. Together, while online, the student and tutor can use a virtual whiteboard to work through math or science problems and term papers can be uploaded to receive critique comments and grammar suggestions. There are also skill building exercises based on grade level and subjects that allow students to work on improving their skills over the summer or during the school year in areas that they are trying to improve. There is also a testing lab which provides practice tests and study sessions for preparing for national tests like the SAT. This tool also provides continuing learning tools for adults seeking their GED or studying for their citizenship test. Tutors are available in English and Spanish seven days a week from 1:00 – 10:00 P.M., just go to the Library’s web site at http://www.palmspringslibrary.org and click on the HelpNow icon, you will be prompted to enter your Library Card number, all for FREE!
The Library is also pleased to announce that we will also now offer every patron with a library card online access to free expert job coaching through the JobNow program from Brainfuse, Inc. JobNow provides access from the Library’s public computers or from home, to a trained job coach for assistance in your job search process. The JobNow service offers personality assessments for those just beginning their job search as well as resume and cover letter templates and examples, live interview practice, online resources, local job search websites, and more.
And finally, the Library will also be launching the Mango Languages online language-learning system. Mango offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each online lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned. This tool is FREE and is only available for use outside of the Library, with your library card.