Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Help us organize the new WCCLS homepage!

Many thanks to everyone who has participated in usability testing for our new website so far.  Here's another opportunity to make your voice heard!

Click here to begin.

In this exercise, we are asking you to imagine that you want to complete certain tasks on our website.  For example, "you want to know if your library is currently open."  Then you simply click on the page where you would look first.  There are no right or wrong answers.  We have selected 15 scenarios for testing, but you can complete as many as you have time to do.  You'll also get a sneak peek at the current draft of our new home page!  Thank you for your time and assistance.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Access to Technology at WCCLS Libraries Makes a Difference Every Day

We surveyed 4,478 people about their public technology use at WCCLS member libraries.  59% of survey respondents used public technology at the library.  This infographic shares some of the highlights of how public technology users at the library use it to meet their goals.

View the entire report here.

Update about WMA format audiobooks from Library2Go

OverDrive, the company that powers the Library2Go service, has announced that any remaining audiobooks in the WMA format will be pulled from Library2Go. Those of you who download your audiobooks using OverDrive app on your phone or tablet are not affected by this issue.

For the past few years, OverDrive has been working with publishers to get WMA audiobook titles converted to MP3 format. MP3 format is available for use on more devices than WMA audiobooks. Some publishers are unwilling to convert some of their audiobook titles from WMA to MP3.

On May 19th, all WMA audiobooks that are left will be removed from Library2Go. If you have a WMA audiobook checked out during this time, you will have the audiobook for the full checkout time. However, all holds on WMA audiobooks will be cancelled on May 19th.

Cedar Mill Library Open House Celebration

You are invited to the Cedar Mill Library open house celebrating the library’s recent remodeling:

Saturday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Now that the walls and ceiling are painted, the flooring is replaced, and some new furniture has been installed, the Cedar Mill Library is ready to throw a party! There will be a brief recognition event at 11:30 a.m., guided tours of the library, and the ongoing fundraiser, Second Edition Resale Shop (also newly remodeled). Enjoy refreshments, an activity for kids, a book and media sale, and a special sale at Second Edition. Stop by and see the improvements - all funded by generous library donors and Second Edition Resale shop sales.

"Freshen Up for Spring" Raffle
In conjunction with the open house celebration, the library is having a raffle for several "Freshen Up for Spring" baskets. They contain items from local businesses to help you clean up, remodel, and decorate your home and garden. Ticket sales start Friday, May 1, at Cedar Mill Main. Tickets are 3 for $5 or $2 each. Drawing will be on May 16. Proceeds benefit the library.

Photo: Laura Torgersen, Cedar Mill Library Reference Assistant, at the new Adult Services desk, with "Poem in Your Pocket" display.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Get help filling out Public Housing waitlist applications at the Library

WCCLS is pleased to partner with the Housing Authority of Washington County (HAWC). HAWC will be taking applications for their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing waitlists from May 2nd to May 9th.

If applicants do not have Internet access, they can use the public computers at WCCLS member libraries to submit an application online. In addition, staff from the Housing Authority staff will be at WCCLS libraries and PCC at scheduled times throughout the week to help people apply.

To learn about the waitlist opening, visit www.co.washington.or.us/housingpreap. This site includes a link to the application, as well as days and times when Housing staff will help the public at WCCLS libraries.

HAWC plays an important role in providing affordable housing in Washington County. WCCLS is glad to have the opportunity to assist HAWC in this critical service to our community.

Monday, April 27, 2015

WCCLS catalog and online accounts are back up!

Thank you for your patience while the WCCLS catalog and online accounts were unavailable for software updates! We are now back up and running as usual.

If you are seeing any odd behavior with the catalog or account, please clear your browser's cache. We aren't expecting any problems, but this should resolve any issues. We have information about clearing your browser's cache on your desktop computer and your mobile device on our website.

If your browser is not storing your WCCLS barcode and PIN when you log in to your account, clear your browser's cache (see above for info), and then adjust your browser's settings for saving login information. You'll find that at the bottom of this page on the WCCLS website.

If you want to get deeper into some features of the catalog, we have videos on creating saved searches in the desktop catalog (these alert you to new items added that match your search), as well as creating and managing lists of saved titles.

If you have questions about your WCCLS account, please contact your local WCCLS library for assistance.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Catalog and account software will be down starting Sunday night until Tuesday

We will be posting more frequent updates about the catalog and account availability on Facebook and Twitter.

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 26th, the WCCLS catalog and accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that the catalog and accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, April 28th.

Here's what you need to know:
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, April 26th, Monday, April 27th, or Tuesday, April 28th
  • 3M Cloud  e-books will not be available during this time.
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime
  • When the catalog and accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog

What will be available during the software updates?

What will be different when the WCCLS catalog and accounts are updated?
This update adds functionality to the staff version of the library catalog, but you will not notice any significant changes with the look or performance of the public catalog or with your library account. 

Thanks in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade our catalog and account software! We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tualatin Teen Librarian Wins State Award

Congratulations to Aimee Meuchel, Tualatin Public Library Teen Librarian, for receiving the OYAN You’re Excellent Award at the 2015 Oregon Library Association conference. The Oregon Young Adult Network [OYAN] gives this award to recognize an individual or organization that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in Oregon libraries.

In their letters nominating Meuchel for the award, Tualatin teens shared these comments about Meuchel:

"It was because of Aimee that I began to actively seek out leadership opportunities and become more involved in my community. Without her guidance and support throughout the years, I would have never grown out of my shell or realized how much I enjoy helping others."

"Aimee is always smiling and having fun, which influences me and some other teens to smile and have fun with life, because you can't let the past or a bad day bring you down and ruin fun. ... Aimee honestly has the most creative mind in the world, and is the funnest person I have met."

"I have learned from her the meaning of leadership and responsibility ... and she taught me to trust myself. ... I have never met someone older than me that understands how teens feel; she relates to us, and that is why she is a friend to me."

"I would never have become to person I am today if it weren't for talking to that special little red-haired librarian."

Meuchel has worked at the Tualatin Library since 2006, starting as a Children's Librarian. When the Tualatin Library was expanded in 2008, Meuchel became Tualatin's first Teen Librarian and was instrumental in the development of the Library's dedicated Teen Room.   Because of Meuchel's efforts, Tualatin Library has a highly successful teen program. The Library presents more than 200 programs for teens each year, including weekly drop-in gaming and movie nights. The Teen Room regularly has more than 600 visits each month.

As part of the award, Meuchel received an engraved plaque and a monetary donation of $100 to support teen services at the Tualatin Public Library. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Library Supporter of the Year Award goes to Three Beaverton Women

Three Beaverton women are recipients of the 2015 Library Supporter of the Year Award from the Oregon Library Association.

Congratulations to Dawn Prochovnic (pictured left with with OLA President Candace Watkins), Debbie Plawner, and Mitzi Sandman, founders of School Libraries Matter: Beaverton.  This organization advocates strong school libraries and teacher librarians. 

The Library Supporter of the Year Award is presented to an Oregonian or a group of Oregonians for exceptional effort to support and promote libraries.  Read more here.