“Accessing the Past” Adds Desert Sun Content

April 21, 2015

Accessing the Past logoHave you ever wanted to look back at old Desert Sun newspapers and see what happened on a certain day? Previously, you had to know exactly what date you wanted to search and make an appointment here at the Palm Springs Public Library to view our microfilm. If you have ever looked at a newspaper on microfilm, you might remember that carsick feeling you got when you advanced the reel. Want to print? Good luck getting a clear copy. With the Library’s new project, “Accessing the Past,” those days are over!
Simply by visiting www.accessingthepast.org you can click on our featured Desert Sun collection and start your search. We currently have 1944-1973 available but are expanding content and filling in the gaps soon. Once our project is complete we will have full-text versions of The Desert Sun from 1934-1999 that are completely keyword searchable. You can download an article, the full page, or the full newspaper issue.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The Palm Springs Public Library has received two grants from the California State Library totaling $120,000. It is hopeful that the library will receive grant funding for a 3rd year to continue the project. To further enhance “Accessing the Past,” the Library Board of Trustees has provided $50,000 to purchase a high-quality, archival-level scanner. Additionally, the Webb Foundation has given a gift of $2,500 to help with the purchase of the scanner and related equipment. We hope to have the scanner soon and start offering demonstrations.
For a full list of community partners, visit www.accessingthepast.org. We hope that once the scanner is ready, our community partners can start adding content online too. Jeannie Kays, Julie Warren, Scott Biegen or any of the Librarians can answer questions you might have about the project. We will be looking for volunteers to help scan our archive when the scanner arrives and will gladly train you!
Someday the Library plans to schedule “shoebox days” where people can bring in their old photos of the Coachella Valley and allow us to scan the images. Anyone who gives us permission to scan their photos will leave with their items, plus a CD or a memory stick with their scanned photos. We would then add the historically significant photos to our online archive. Stay tuned for upcoming events. We hope that you get as excited about this project as we are and we look forward to you “Accessing the Past.”

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Librarian Dorothy Bear, March 13, 1957.

 

Chi Chi

Ad for Chi Chi Restaurant June 15, 1955

 

Gerry Vanek

Children’s Librarian Gerry Vanek June 6, 1973

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


Happy New Year from Palm Springs Public Library

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year 2015The staff of the Palm Springs Public Library would like to wish you a new year filled with many great books, DVDs, and music downloads. Visit our website, www.palmspringslibrary.org for the many things you can download on the spot. You can download hundreds of current magazines, thousands of eBooks, and MILLIONS of songs…Oh My!
If you’re determined to try something new in 2015, attend one of our free classes.

PSGSlogoSaturday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m., the Palm Springs Genealogical Society teaches you how to get started in Genealogy.

 
PS History Lecture 2-JanWednesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m., Nicolette Wenzell of the Palm Springs Historical Society will give a talk on photographer Paul Pospesil. Nicolette’s lectures are super popular; get here early for parking AND seating. You will be glad you waited in line for a seat.
ACCESSING the Past-(RGB)LOGOWednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m., hear more about our Accessing the Past project from Librarian Scott Biegen and Library Director Jeannie Kays. Scott will teach you more about digitizing and organizing your own photos.

 

Tizer Trio

notesLOGO.inddFriday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. is our second Notes on the Desert concert.  This FREE concert will feature jazz group, Tizer Trio.  This program is generously sponsored by Friends of the Palm Springs Library.  Your $20 membership helps bring programs such as Notes in the Desert and Summer Reading Program to the Palm Springs Library.

 
Star WarsFinally, Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. will be our Family Fun Night STAR WARS COSTUME PARTY! Come to the Star Wars Cantina, AKA the Library Youth Room, dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. Enjoy light refreshments and make a craft. Prizes for best costume.

 

We have many more programs, films, and book discussion groups. Visit our website for more details.
Again, Happy New Year! May 2015 be a healthy, prosperous, and educational year.

Jeannie Kays

 

 

 

 

Jeannie Kays, Library Director


Freegal Music News

December 11, 2014

In the mood for some Holiday and New Years tunes while you work?  Or do you need some help with music for an upcoming party?  Freegal has the songs to get you through, and you can listen to them anywhere you can access the Internet.  Songs from Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Sia, One Direction, Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Hornsby, Elvis Presley, Celine Dion, Bing Crosby and many more.  Just click here and login at the top of the page with your library card.  Your PIN is typically the last four digits of your telephone number.  Don’t have a Palm Springs Public Library card?  Get one today!

Have a happy holiday!

Jeannie Kays

Jeannie Kays, Library Director



Library Postcard from the late 1950’s or early 1960’s

August 25, 2014

Christopher S. from Raleigh, North Carolina contacted us recently via our Facebook page to show us a picture of an old postcard he found. It happened to be an unused Hold Notification postcard from Welwood Murray Memorial Library and Librarian, Dorothy Bear. Based on the $.03 pre-printed stamp, I estimate that the postcard comes from sometime between August 1, 1958 and January 7, 1963, the time span of the $.03 postcard rate. The postcard is a fun piece of Welwood Murray Memorial Library history. Thank you Christopher for this unique donation!

Do you have any old photos, post cards, or bookmarks from our Library that you’d like to share or donate? Do you have photos or other old things from the Palm Springs Public Library? We would be interested in scanning your items for our digital collection (you’ll hear more about our digital collection in the coming months.)  Feel free to stay up-to-date on construction at Welwood Murray Memorial Library HERE.
In the meantime, enjoy the front and back images of this interesting piece of library history.

WMML Hold Notice from Dorothy BearWMML Hold Notice side 2
Library Director, Jeannie Kays

Jeannie Kays


Thank you Summer Reading Program Sponsors!

August 4, 2014

Paws to Read

Summer Reading Program was a time for library lovers to come together and do what we do best, have fun!  On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees and all the employees at the Palm Springs Public Library, I would like to say a heart-felt thank you to everyone who participated as well as the organizations and businesses who helped sponsor our Summer Reading Program.

First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to the Friends of the Palm Springs Library for their large contribution for Summer Reading Program.  They contributed $5,000 to pay for our grand prizes, three Samsung Galaxy Tablets, as well as free giveaway books, and professional performers.    See below for a full list of sponsors who donated merchandise, admission tickets, or gift cards.

SRP Grand Prize Youth

Children’s Librarian, Nancy with Youth Grand Prize Winner

SRP Grand Prize Teen

Teen Grand Prize Winner with Teen Librarian, Shelly and Library Director, Jeannie Kays

SRP Grand Prize Adult

Adult Grand Prize Winner. His kids were screaming and jumping when they learned their dad won a tablet!

Summer Reading Program is not just about getting cool prizes and free books; it is about giving back to our community. In June we collected supplies for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.  During the month of July, we collected school supplies for the kids who attend camp at James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center.  Thank you to everyone who donated!

Animal Shelter 2014                                                                                               School supply drive 2014

Just because Summer Reading Program is over doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at the Library.  We have a full lineup of programming scheduled to begin in September.  We already have Rudy’s Radical Science scheduled for Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

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We expect to see the Paws and Hearts Therapy dogs in the library this fall.  Check our calendar of events for details as they become available.  Teens are getting a NEW weekly program, Teen Time on Thursdays, from 3-5 p.m.  October brings THREE author events, Mackenzie Phillips on the 5th, Ellen Hart on the 11th, and William Mann on the 18th.  Stay tuned for more details!

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Mackenzie Phillips

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Ellen Hart

William Mann

William Mann

 

Again, thank you for making our Summer Reading Program so fun.  We love to see you at the Library!BB SRP 2014

 

 

Thank you Sponsors!

Azul   CarlJrs   CDMOD Cheekys       DesertIce       DestinationPS       ErnestCoffee FOPSL   Guacamoles   Jiao Legoland   LuLu   McD OfficeDepot       PetesHideaway       PSAir PSPower                                PurpleRm                   Regal             Ricks                                          RoundTable
Jeannie Kays, Library Director

 


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


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