The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently interviewed State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman, about how the needs of library users are changing and evolving. It’s an interesting topic and a worthwhile read. Thanks for the support IMLS!
We regularly receive, and appreciate, the valuable feedback from many of you about searching the library catalog. We agree that searching should be easier, with better ways to narrow down choices. And book and video lists should be easy to create, save, edit, and share.
That is why we are so excited to present the new, easier, and much improved Delaware Library Catalog! Please try it out and tell us what you think! Like all beta products you might encounter a glitch or two, so let us know if something doesn’t seem quite right.
We expect to have text messaging alerts for holds and more soon. And in the next several months, Automatic PIN retrieval. We all forget our PINs occasionally and we are working to automatically have forgotten PINs emailed.
Join us tomorrow when Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will read from her new book, Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops, during the story time program at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Dover Public Library.
Dr. Biden’s appearance at the Dover Library is part of a series of readings from the book this fall at story hours throughout the state as Delaware Libraries presents programs to recognize the contributions of the men and women in the nation’s military service. Copies of Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops will be available for purchase at the Dover Library, and Dr. Biden will autograph copies of books.
The book is an account of the real life experiences of Dr. Biden’s granddaughter Natalie’s year while Natalie’s father, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, served in Iraq with his Delaware National Guard unit.
She wrote the book to help children overcome feelings of loneliness when a parent is absent and to help non-military families better understand the experience of having loved ones serving overseas during wartime. The book includes resources about what readers can do to support military service members and their families.
Americans have discovered eBooks in a big way. In 2012, for the first time, publishers have reported that eBook sales have exceeded the sales of hardcover books. Libraries have not ignored these trends, and Delaware libraries loan eBooks to their patrons for no charge.
Delaware public library patrons have had access to eBooks and eAudiobooks for less than a year, and they have discovered just how easy it is to borrow titles for their Kindles, Nooks, and iPads, etc.
Book lovers have been borrowing over 11,000 titles every month – an average of almost 400 per day! And during the recent storm eBook checkouts increased 42% during the 4-day event. It’s really easy to start using these resources—all you need is a valid library card from any Delaware public library.
If you prefer to read your titles on your e-reader or tablet, the Delaware OverDrive collection is the place to go. This collection contains popular fiction and nonfiction titles to choose from. Many current bestsellers are included, as are titles for teenagers and kids. To use this collection, go to www.delawarelibraries.org, click on the eBooks & eAudiobooks tab and navigate to the OverDrive site. Or, if you have a tablet or smartphone, you can download the free OverDrive app for a truly seamless eBook experience.
Whatever e-format you are looking for, and no matter what sort of device you own, you can find a title you want to read or listen to from a Delaware library. Try it today!
We all have dreams about the future — for ourselves, our families, and our communities. The dream of Delaware Libraries is to help our state become an even more vibrant and prosperous place where all dreams are realized.
Share your dreams for yourself and your community in our new interactive forum. Delaware Libraries and our partners want to help facilitate conversations, learning opportunities, and community collaborations that enable you and others to maximize your unique talents (whatever you geek!) and achieve your Delaware Dream.
In this interactive forum, we want to hear about your dreams – the individual hopes as well as collective vision that we’re calling the Delaware Dream. In addition to submitting your own ideas, make sure to vote on other people’s ideas, and you’ll help to create a list of the public’s favorite.
Delaware Libraries is waiting to hear about your dreams, so please share and help us make the Delaware Dream a reality.