Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Your Opinion Matters! Tell us about e-books

Please take this brief survey and tell us about your e-book experience. We want to make sure the library e-book and e-audiobook resources meet your needs.

Click here to
take the survey


This survey is hosted by Westside Voices, an online panel that provides Washington County residents the opportunities to share their opinions on a variety of topics. WCCLS is sharing this survey with Clean Water Services so there are questions about water resources, too.

The survey will only take a few minutes of your time, and your responses will help to improve your community. At the end of the survey you will have the option to join Westside Voices in order to receive future surveys on various topics.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

This survey is being hosted and administered by DHM Research, an independent research firm, to keep your personal information confidential. DHM assures complete confidentiality and anonymity of your information.

Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: Text it - new feature!

Nod your head if this seems familiar:

You suddenly remember something important and you don’t want it to slip your mind, so you responsibly scribble a note for yourself.

Then a few hours later, you remember you have a note, but when you look for it, you can’t find it!

Now all you know is that you wanted to remember something… but what?

The (pretty awesome) Catalog is here with a NEW feature that can help you remember and find titles at your local library.

Use Text it when you want to have a title and location handy on your cell phone! Since you always have your phone with you, you won’t lose your reminder… unlike those pesky jotted notes. For example:

  • You’re browsing the MobilePAC at lunch and want to pop by the library on your way home to pick up a new DVD.
  • Your child is doing a science project, and you need the call number so you can quickly run into the library and grab some books.
  • Your friend tells you about an author that you want to look for the next time you’re at the library.
  • You’re in the middle of a DIY project, and want to go to the library to browse that section for help instead of getting lost in a sea of internet videos.

Using Text it is easy:
  1. When you find a title in the catalog, click on Find It, and click the phone icon beside your library’s copy. (In the MobilePAC, click the words “Text it”.)
  2. Enter your cell phone number, select your Carrier, and click Send. You must select the correct carrier for the text to be successful.
  3. Your text message will include the first 30 characters of the title, library name, and call number. Results vary slightly, depending on your phone and text messaging app.

Try it yourself! PAC Cat likes to text with the library…
Note: This is the seventh of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Library Closures for Memorial Day, 5/30/16

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

In addition to regular weekend closures, Forest Grove City Library will be closed Saturday, May 28, and Garden Home Community Library will be closed Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1.
 
All of our online resources and e-books are available! Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: How to limit by items checked in

Can you name this tune?

TO DO
TO DO
TO DO, TO DO, TO DO, TO DO, TO DO, TO DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Yes, you're right! It is the Pink Panther theme song. (Also, aren't you glad your To Do list isn't that long?!)

Now that the Pink Panther music is semi-permanently stuck in your head, you will want to check out a Pink Panther movie for the weekend.

But you also want to make sure your library has at least one Pink Panther DVD before making the trek over there. How can you be sure?

The (pretty awesome) Catalog is here to help you limit your search so that you’re only looking at items that are currently available.

This can be helpful when you want to make sure the library has something checked in before you make the trip!
  • Your child is doing a state report on Ohio, and needs a book ASAP.
  • You want a book for the weekend, and you want to check ahead of time to see if there’s anything there by your favorite authors.
  • You’re hosting a game night at your house, and you want to see what board games are available.
  • You’re minutes away from finishing your audiobook, and you want to nab the next one in the series so you can start it right away.

Limiting by items checked in is easy:
  1. In the catalog, use the upper-right hand corner dropdown menu to switch to another branch.
  2. The location you’re searching now appears beside the WCCLS logo.
  3. Search for terms as you normally would.
  4. In the Limit by drop down, select Items that are IN.
  5. Your results will only show what is currently available!
The Catalog has many other dropdown options and dashboard limiters that can help you. For more search tips, check out this two-minute video.

Try it yourself! PAC Cat likes to use all the search limiters…

Note: This is the sixth of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mind Set for Self Defense Class at Tualatin Library

Join Mike Stradley for a two-hour self defense seminar to explore safety strategies at work, with your family, and when you travel. Train the most important self defense tool you have, your brain. Develop a safety mind set.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tualatin Public Library

This class is presented by Mike Stradley, a police officer for over 31 years; currently working as a lieutenant in charge of patrol for the West Linn PD.  “During my career I was on Portland’s Special Emergency Reaction Team for 18 years and a Pilot for the Bureau for 21 years, I was a Field Training Officer (Coach), Defensive Tactics Instructor, Crisis Intervention Team Officer, and Emotional Survival Instructor. “ Mike has also worked the Gang Enforcement Unit for six years and the Transit Division for three years.

In Mike’s personal life, he has been involved in martial arts for 40 years. Mike says “I firmly believe being prepared mentally can make all the difference in an emergency situation. Mental preparation is more important than physical preparation. Without question being mentally prepared saved my life more than once.”

No registration is required for this free class.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: Use the Catalog like an app!

Imagine this: You’re out enjoying a rare, but much deserved free day, and suddenly this question hits you… “Are my library items overdue?” And then you can’t shake that thought, and your computer is miles away, so you can’t check your account online.

But wait... you can! The (pretty awesome) Mobile Catalog is here to help.

The MobilePAC is great for accessing the library catalog when you’re on the go:
  • You suddenly remember a classic movie that would be perfect for this weekend
  • You’re browsing a magazine in line at the grocery store and find an article you want to finish reading,  but you really don’t want to purchase it
  • You're running errands and wonder if your favorite author has written anything new recently
  • Or you just prefer a simpler interface that still allows you access to everything the (pretty awesome) Catalog has to offer
Using the MobilePAC is easy:
  1. Visit m.wccls.org in the browser of your choice.
  2. Search the Catalog with a keyword or advanced search.
  3. Check your Account and renew titles.
  4. Make a shortcut on your device's home screen to keep the mobile catalog handy, like an app. Search the Internet for instructions on how to add a mobile shortcut to your device.
You can do most things you can do with the regular catalog in the MobilePAC, but if you’re ever stuck, simply click the Full Catalog link at the bottom.



Try it yourself! PAC Cat likes to use it...

For more about the MobilePAC, check out this 1.5 minute video!

Note: This is the fifth of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Meet the (pretty awesome) Catalog: Keep track of what you check out


Remember that book you checked out last year? You know the one… it had a red cover? You really liked it.

No, you don’t remember?

Then you need to start keeping a Reading History, and the (pretty awesome) Catalog is here to help.

Your “reading” history keeps track of everything you check out, not just books. So, it’s a simple way to remember:
    That movie with what’s-her-name that you checked out last month
    That music CD with that song by that guy
    Which magazine issues you’ve already checked out
    The museums you’ve already visited with a free Cultural Pass to Adventure
    Your favorite cake pan

Starting your Reading History is easy:
  1. Log into your library account.
  2. Click Contact Information and Preferences.
  3. Check the box next to Maintain reading history, and click Submit Change Request. (A pop-up advisory message will appear. If you agree, click OK.)
Anything you check out from now on will be recorded in your Reading History. You can delete items and stop recording at any time.






Try it yourself! PAC Cat likes to use it...


Note: This is the fourth of eight weekly tips about our online catalog.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WCCLS website, catalog & accounts will be down Thursday evening, May 5

Due to network maintenance, all WCCLS websites will be down on Thursday, May 5, between 10:00 p.m. and midnight.

During this time, you will NOT be able to access the following services:
  • WCCLS catalog (searching, placing holds, etc.)
  • Your online account 
  • WCCLS website
  • WCCLS events calendar
  • The telephone renewal line
  • Access to online research resources
  • Cloud Library
  • Library2Go Overdrive
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience!

Friday, April 29, 2016

WCCLS 2014-15 Year in Review

Did you know that WCCLS libraries have 1,629,422 items you can check out?

Or that our library users check out an average of 34,095 items per day?

Or that WCCLS member libraries see an average of 10,487 visitors each day?





Find out more fun statistics in the WCCLS 2014-2015 Year in Review, or in the At-a-Glance infographic.

As WCCLS Director Eva Calcagno points out, "Library service could not be provided without the cooperation and support of local governments, able staff who open and operate libraries each day, the legion of volunteers who donate their time to assist in this endeavor, and the thousands of patrons who visit our member libraries day in and day out. [WCCLS is] thankful for the dedication and inspiration [we] see every day. It is an honor to be part of this unique organization."