New technology at library

It may seem like our weather has not been keeping up with the season, but your library is not standing still.

It may seem like our weather has not been keeping up with the season, but your library is not standing still. There have been some exciting new developments recently that I’d like to share:

New Vernon Branch library blog

You can now follow the construction of the Vernon Branch on a new blog. Over the next several months, I will be providing regular progress reports on this exciting project as it is completed.

Photos are the best way to track changes as they occur, and I will include as many as I can, along with descriptions of what you are seeing. Feedback is welcome.

You can find the link to the blog at the top of the Vernon Branch page of the ORL website www.orl.bc.ca

Disney Digital Books

Disney Digital Books are now available through the Library To Go service on an “always available” basis. This means there will be no wait lists for ORL customers who wish to download any of the 500 titles. Most of these eBooks are aimed at a preschool to primary-grade audience, with some geared towards older readers. These colourful, interactive eBooks can be downloaded and played on a Windows or Mac computer, but not on eBook readers or iPads.

You can search and download the titles by visiting Library To Go and searching on “Disney.” Remember you will have to log in with your ORL account number and password, and use Overdrive to download the appropriate software for your system.

ORL YouTube Channel

The ORL has just launched a channel on the social site YouTube with videos of story times and 75th anniversary celebrations. You can see ORL videos at www.youtube.com/OKRegLibrary and subscribe to the channel to be informed of new additions to the channel.

The channel has started with several videos created by Monica and Judy here at the Vernon Branch sharing their favourite songs and stories (these videos can also be found on the Vernon Branch page of the ORL website). Additionally, the channel has the special commemorative video created to celebrate the ORL’s 75th anniversary, plus individual vignettes from customers sharing their experiences at the library. The ORL will continue to add videos over time to share content from special events, story times and other information.

Digital microfilm reader/printer

This new equipment allows anyone doing family history research to more easily view microfilm and provides more options for saving images. A document can be printed using a high resolution printer (with options for paper size), scanned for an email or saved to a flash drive.  Many thanks to the Vernon Friends of the Library, who provided the majority of funding for this unit.