Tuesday, July 16, 2013

WCCLS website and catalog operating normally

The WCCLS website and catalog are back to normal operation this morning. Thank you for your patience while we worked to resolve the issues yesterday!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Why we don't always have the e-books you want

One of the most common things we hear about our downloadable e-book and audiobook service (Library2Go) is "why don't you have the titles I want?" While there are a lot of great books in Library2Go, with more being added just for WCCLS cardholders all the time, there are certain titles we just can't get for you as an e-book.

This is because the digital book industry is in transition and book publishers have not yet decided how to handle digital library lending. In fact, a number of big publishers won't sell their e-books to libraries at all! Others choose not sell their e-books to OverDrive, the software vendor that powers the Library2Go service.

That's why we were excited to see a new initiative, called Authors for Library Ebooks. This is a campaign to get authors to encourage their publishers to make e-books available to libraries. Oregon's own Ursula K Le Guin, along with Cory Doctorow and Jodi Picoult were the first three authors to sign on to the campaign. We are especially pleased to see an Oregon author making a stand on this issue.

Ursula recently wrote a blog post on e-books and libraries, with some interesting factoids about the current state of the industry. It's a short and interesting read and provides a little more insight into why we can't always get the e-books you'd like to see in Library2Go.

WCCLS has signed on to ReadersFirst, a movement to improve e-book access and services to library users.

Contribute images from your daily life in Oregon - Oregon Project Dayshoot+30

On July 15, 1983, photographers captured images of daily life all around the state of Oregon. These were published in a book called One Average Day: Oregon Project Dayshoot Photographs, 15 July 1983.

On July 15th this year, 30 years later, the same thing will happen - photographers will capture images of daily life. This time, you can participate by contributing your own photos of life in Oregon. See the project FAQ for details.

To see some photos from the original project, and to learn more about the Dayshoot+30 project, visit the project website.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New! Online language learning for kids aged 0 to 6

You now have access to a new online resource through WCCLS - Little Pim. Little Pim is an online language learning system designed for kids aged birth to six.

Early language learning has been shown to enhance verbal development, as well as reading, writing and social skills. Little Pim introduces children to a foreign language in a way they can understand at even the youngest ages.

Kids don't even have to know how to read to learn with Little Pim! Lessons incorporate words and activities that are relevant to the child’s daily life, making the content more fun and usable from the get-go. Themes include mealtime, naptime and playtime. There are 10 languages offered through Little Pim, from Arabic to Russian.

Access Little Pim via the WCCLS website - you just need your library card to log in!

We also offer online language learning for adults with Mango Languages.

All libraries closed for the 4th of July

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4th for Independence Day. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Download ebooks and audiobooks 24/7 at Library2Go.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Website will be unavailable Tuesday evening, 7/2/13

The WCCLS website will be unavailable for approximately one hour, beginning on Tuesday, July 2nd at 9:00 pm. This is due to scheduled maintenance.

While the site is down, you can still access the following:

Thanks in advance for your patience! If you have questions or comments, you can reach us at webmaster@wccls.org.

Hillsboro Library extends its weeknight hours

Starting today, July 1st, the Hillsboro Main Library is extending its weeknight hours. The weekend hours
remain the same.

The new hours for the Hillsboro Library are:
Monday - Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm

Questions? Please contact staff at the Hillsboro Library at 503-615-6500.