If you have a busy life like mine, searching for my favorite author’s new release or the next book in a series often goes to the bottom of the priority list. With Preferred Searches set up on my SCDL online account, I will receive an email letting me know when an item has been added to the collection.
Setting up a Preferred Search in your SCDL online account is easy and only requires your SCDL card number and pin.
Select your name at the top of the page to open you online account. Then select Preferred Searches from the list to see what searches you have ready.
To create a Preferred Search
Select the Classic Catalog option at the bottom of the page.
Enter in your search terms as a Keyword, Author, or Series. There additional options under the drop down arrow. You can also narrow your item format using the drop down arrow for the View Entire Collection option. When ready select Submit.
Your search will generate a list of items focusing on your search type, search terms, and collection options. The list will change as items are added or removed from the collection. When ready select Save as preferred search.
Notice there are additional options for you to select.
Limit to titles which aren’t in my Reading History-Your list will not include items you have already read if you have the Reading History opted on.
Limit search to available items-Your list will only include items that are available at the time the list is selected from your Preferred List option.
Sorted by relevance | date | title-Your list will appear in the order of relevance. You may change it to Date or Title.
Now each time you select Preferred Searches from the list on your online account, you search will generate a new list with your search criteria.
Wondering what your next great read be? Discovered an interesting title while placing a hold on another? Or perhaps a friend recommended a book for later reading. Where can you keep a list that automatically links to the library for easy ordering when you are ready for it? Look no further, your SCDL online account can generate title lists connected to the catalog for easy access.
So you remembered over the weekend that last year you had borrowed a book from the library containing recipes for cupcakes. It also contained a recipe for buttercream icing. Now what was the title humm….
Keeping a reading history is a great way to track the books you’ve read and to refer back to when things like recipes are needed. While not a wish list, it can even help you to decide what to read next. On your SCDL online account you have the option to participate in a reading history.
To find your reading history, first sign in to your SCDL online account. You will need your library card number and pin.
Find your account information by selecting your name at the top of the screen.
Once you are into your account, select My Reading History from the list on the left side of the screen.
Locate and select the Opt In button.
Now each time you check out an item from any location or online resource the title, author, date and number of copy details will add to your Reading History. Notice you can Delete items, Delete All items, Export your Reading History or Opt Out. You can even Print your list using the Print option on the right side of the screen.
If you see a title you would like to order again, click on the item title.
You are taken to the item record where you may request the title or place it on hold.
Did you know that you could make a short movie with Google Photos. It can only be done with an Android phone or tablet, but this has me excited. So, not only am I able to edit my photos that I take using Google Photos, I am now able to use those same photos to make a short movie with music and photos.
On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Photos app
If you’re looking for a fun, free, and achievable New Year’s resolution, consider checking out Mango Languages and taking their 31 Days of Language challenge. Mango is encouraging its users to start learning a new language and complete an activity in the language they’re learning each day in the month of January.
We’re already a few days into the New Year, but it’s not too late to start. You can access Mango from our website under the Databases A-Z page or simply click this link. After authenticating with your library card number, you can access Mango anywhere.
Mango Languages is a language learning service provided by the Stark County District Library to its patrons free-of-charge. It offers courses designed to help build conversational skills in 72 different languages. You can find more information about the 31 Days of Language challenge on Mango’s blog.
YouTube is one of the most popular websites for videos on the internet. There’s a lot of high-quality content on the site—and best of all, it’s free. YouTube can be accessed via web browser on a computer or mobile device, but did you know you can also watch YouTube videos on your TV? Here are three simple ways to watch YouTube videos on the big screen.
Access the YouTube app on your streaming media player, smart TV, or game console
If you already have a streaming media player (like a Roku), smart TV, or a video game console, you can simply install and launch the YouTube app to watch videos on your TV. Go to your device’s app/channel store and search for YouTube, then download and install the app. Now you’ll have quick access to YouTube and can use a remote or game controller to browse for videos.
Cast videos from your phone to a streaming media player
Another way to play YouTube videos on your TV is to “cast” them from a smartphone or tablet to your TV. To do this, you’ll need a device like a Chromecast or Roku plugged into your TV. Launch the YouTube app on your mobile device and select a video to play it. At the top of the video, you’ll see a cast button. Press it and you should see your device/TV in the list of available devices. Select the correct one and watch as the video is sent from your mobile device to your TV. You can then control playback from your smartphone/tablet.
Connect your computer via HDMI
Even if you don’t have a streaming media player or smart TV, you’re not out of luck! One of the easiest ways to display a YouTube video on a TV screen is to simply plug your PC into your TV using an HDMI cable. When plugged in, a TV functions as a second display for a computer, so you can drag the window for the YouTube video onto your TV screen. You can also duplicate the display on your computer to see the same thing on both screens.
Recently I created a display for Resumes and Job Hunting. When I was doing this, I decided to also showcase eBooks. I was surprised at the resources found in Hoopla and Ohio eBooks (Libby). That is why I decided to include this in this blog post.
Hoopla was the biggest surprise to me. A year ago, there weren’t very many books on Hoopla, and the books were difficult to read. Today, Hoopla has added a lot more books, and the format is easy to open and read. They also have a lot more books on jobs and Resumes than Ohio Overdrive.
The great news is that Overdrive (Libby) and Hoopla are both free with a Library Card, and are easily accessible. They both have a great selection of books for the Job Hunter and for the everyday reader.
Black Friday is right around the corner, and a lot of shoppers will be turning to the internet for deals. If you’re planning on shopping online in the coming weeks, there are a few easy steps you can take to protect your money and personal information.
Look before you click links
When searching for deals, you’ll find yourself clicking on a lot of links. Remember to pause for a moment when clicking links in search results to make sure the link is actually taking you where you think you’re going.
If you hover over a link in a web browser, you’ll see a preview of the address the link will take you to at the bottom of the screen. Keep an eye on this, especially in search results where you could be clicking on ads designed to look like legitimate links. Sometimes these can take you to malicious websites or scams, which would be evident if the URL at the bottom of the screen is strange or suspicious.
Shop on secure sites
It’s also important to make sure the sites you’re shopping on are secure. If you’re on a secure site, your connection is encrypted and anyone snooping on your traffic won’t be able to steal any passwords or credit card numbers you enter. In Chrome and other browsers, you’ll see a green lock icon indicating you’re visiting a secure site. This green lock will only appear if the site you’re on is using the https:// protocol, which is also visible in the address bar.
If you’re ready to checkout and notice you’re on a page that’s not secure—if the lock icon is red or if you see the plain http:// protocol (without the s) in the address bar—don’t enter any personal or financial information. Legitimate retailers will always use https:// to secure their websites.
Use an alternate payment method
If you’re hesitant to directly give a retailer your credit card information, you can use a service like PayPal. Basically, PayPal acts as a middle-man between you and the retailer—you provide the retailer with your PayPal account and PayPal handles the payment processing. In theory, this gives you an extra layer of protection in the event you experience a problem with a retailer. Many major online stores support checking out using a PayPal account, and there are other options as well, like Amazon Payments.