From the Director - December 2008

Melissa Carr, DBRL Director

In our fast-paced world, we know that people want their library services to be as convenient as possible. We are always striving to provide better service, and we have long offered library services via telephone and, more recently, e-mail. Now, our virtual branch is making even more services simple and easy to access even if you are not at the library.

Talking with people over the past few months, I have tried to emphasize the fact that you can search our entire collection online, place a hold, receive an e-mail when the book, CD or DVD is ready, and then pick the item up at whichever location you choose. Here are some additional examples of our online and e-mail services you may find convenient:

  • Ask a reference question online or by e-mail; we strive to respond to your question within 24 hours.
  • Receive your hold and overdue notices by e-mail.
  • BookNews – Discover award-winning and bestselling books in these monthly e-mail newsletters that contain reviews and jacket notes. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Next Good Book – Associated with BookNews, this lets you keep track of what you’re reading with virtual bookshelves. See what other people are reading, read their reviews and share your own comments.
  • Online Book Clubs – Each weekday you’re e-mailed a portion of a book chapter. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters.
  • eBooks – Check out and read these titles online.
  • Downloadable audiobooks – Available in January, we will have popular titles that can be played on your computer or MP3 player.
  • Databases – Nine categories with 45 database sources contain information on consumer products, schoolwork and research help, legal forms, auto repair manuals, genealogy tools and more.
  • Subject guides provide linked lists of information on current issues and popular topics.
  • Subscribe by RSS feed to get library news and employment listings.

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