Downloadable eBook Improvements from Overdrive

August 4, 2014

OverdriveOverdrive, our vendor for downloadable eBooks and audiobooks has made some improvements to their site that should make your searching easier, and improve how you manage your account.

• Suspend a Hold
This feature will allow you to temporarily suspend a hold in the waiting list. Your position will continue to advance in the queue while your hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If you advance to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold.Overdrive 1

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• Hold Auto-Checkout
At the time you place a hold, the option to ‘auto-checkout’ the title when it becomes available can be set. If you elect this option, you will receive a notification when your title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on your account bookshelf. If you do not select this option, you will proceed through the current hold notification process.Overdrive 4

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If you select this option but are unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because you have already reached your maximum checkout limit, for example) you will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make your checkout.

• Maturity Settings
Two options will be added to the Account Settings page that will allow you to customize your browsing and discovery experience based on content maturity level:

1. The ability to exclude certain content based on the maturity level (Juvenile, Young Adult, General, Adult). This will allow adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience.Overdrive 6

2. The option to “mask” all adult cover images with a basic cover image. This option will be set to “No” by default. Overdrive 7

Example of basic cover:Overdrive 8

• “Recommended for you” collection
After you sign in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and are suggested based on titles you currently have checked out or on hold. If you do not have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear.

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• “And” Boolean Searching
Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior will change from “OR” to “AND.” Following this change, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.  For example, if you previously searched for “The Maze Runner,” you would get “The Maze Runner” but you would also get “The Kite Runner,” “The Ghost Runner,” and “The Maze of Bones.”  The “OR” Boolean operator tells the system to look for the word “Maze” OR “Runner.”  The “OR” Boolean operator does not specifically tell the system that you want both words.  The “OR” Boolean operator is telling the system you want either-or.  By switching to “AND,” both words have to be in the record.  If that information just blew your mind, do not worry.  Keep searching for titles or authors the same way you did before.  We’ll take care of making your search results more relevant to you.

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


Zinio for Libraries: Downloadable Magazines Are Here!

July 8, 2014

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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.

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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!

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Jeannie Kays

Library Director


“Summer Slide” isn’t as Fun as it Sounds

June 10, 2014

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From Reading is Fundamental:
Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide

Something is waiting for many children each summer and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.

As parents approach the summer break, many are thinking about the family vacation, trips to the pool, how to keep children engaged in activities at home, the abrupt changes to everyone’s schedule—and how to juggle it all. What they might not be focusing on is how much educational ground their children could lose during the three-month break from school, particularly when it comes to reading.

Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not often slide backward. According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year…. It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills.”

The report’s authors further note that family income plays a significant role in determining the magnitude of this summer slide. Students from low-income families “…experience an average summer learning loss in reading achievement of over two months.” Not only do these students suffer greater sliding during the summer, they also experience cumulative effects of greater learning loss each summer.

Sociologists Karl Alexander and Doris Entwisle have shown that the cumulative effect of summer learning differences is a primary cause of widening achievement gaps between students of lower and higher socioeconomic levels. Research demonstrates that while student achievement for both middle- and lower-income students improves at similar rates during the school year, low-income students experience cumulative summer learning losses throughout their elementary school years.

Summer slide affects millions of children each year in this country—but it doesn’t have to. Other articles in the “Motivating Kids to Read Section” offer tips for parents, caregivers, and members of community organizations to help keep learning fun throughout the summer break and the rest of the year.

Source: Reading Is Fundamental

Sign up for Summer Reading Program at the Library.  We have activities for all ages: children, teen, and adults!

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


Tuition Funding Sources Available FREE at Palm Springs Public Library

April 17, 2014

TFSDid 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!
Jeannie Kays
Library Director


New Bike Rack

April 7, 2014

Bike Rack dedicationOn Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the Library had an official “Ribbon Pulling” ceremony to unveil our new bike rack. The rack was generously donated by the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission and was designed and created by high school students in Steve Fabian’s Welding Class at Palm Springs High School. We are very grateful to have such a lovely, functional bike rack. It’s very attractive and holds many more bikes than our previous bike rack.  Stop by soon and take a look.  It really is both “art” and “bike rack.”


Library Goes Mobile with a new App

April 7, 2014

BoopsieWant 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.


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