With the new year in full swing, the libraries are kicking off an exciting new campaign simply called "e." The "e" campaign is focused on showcasing the many electronic services that the library offers.
"People really do not realize what is available to them at their local library," says director Annette Choszczyk. "We offer everything from e-books and e-magazines to online classes, research databases and job help, all of which is available to anyone with an Internet connection and a library card. If someone wanted to buy these services for themselves it would cost them thousands of dollars, but it is free for everyone with a library card."
To help facilitate the use of these services and add value as well, the library has iPads and laptops for in-library use. "We really want to help our patrons fully take advantage of our services. We are hoping that by giving them access to the technology, we can help make that happen," added Choszczyk.
The libraries' "e" services have many practical applications. Many mechanics or tinkers, for instance, take advantage of the Auto Repair Reference Center. "I just recently got my first library card," said Silvio, a mechanic by trade. "I have been using the [Auto Repair] Reference Center to find manuals and guides for older vehicles that I am restoring."
Many patrons find a link to their past using the Ancestry.com database. One happy patron was able to track his family tree all the way back to Russia and the 1800s. Job seekers have been utilizing the job help tools to brush up on their resume or prep for an interview. Many others are utilizing the Overdrive platform for downloading audiobooks, e-books, videos and music. The Zinio platfrom has also become popular, as it allows patrons to download and keep their favorite magazines on their personal devices. "Overall we have seen a 70 percent increase in e-borrowing year over year," said system coordinator Leah Morris. "People are really starting to utilize these services more and more. They are easy to use and convenient since they can check out items from home."
"The libraries offer one-on-one assistance to patrons who need help learning how to take advantage of the services," said Choszczyk. "All they have to do is walk in or call and set an appointment. The libraries are e-volving and information is becoming more readily available to those who need it. These services are literally putting the world at our patrons' fingertips." All of these services and more are available on the Delta County Libraries website.blog comments powered by Disqus