RBdigital app replaces Zinio for Libraries on mobile devices

If you’re still using the Zinio for Libraries app to read magazines from the SCDL, be sure to update to the new RBdigital app. Starting later this month, the Zinio for Libraries app will no longer work.

Patrons still using the Zinio for Libraries app may encounter a message such as this one prompting them to download the new RBdigital app.

Recorded Books, the vendor we partner with for this service, has been informing users of Zinio for Libraries about the need to update to the new app for several months.

The new RBdigital app streamlines the process for downloading magazines. Now you’ll be able to browse and read digital magazines within the same app with one account that’s linked to your SCDL library card.

The RBdigital app can be downloaded for iOS, Android, and Amazon’s Fire OS. After downloading the app to your device, simply sign in with the same RBdigital account you were already using to browse and check out magazines.

Our digital magazine collection can still be accessed through the web, as well. Visit https://www.rbdigital.com/starkcountyoh/service/magazines to view the titles we offer and read them in your web browser.


Upcoming downtime for part of SCDL digital collection

***UPDATE*** RBdigital informed us that the scheduled time for the update has been changed to next Wednesday, September 20 at 8:00 pm. You’ll notice service interruptions at that time for the services mentioned below.

If you read digital magazines from the SCDL using RBdigital or Zinio, you might be in for a brief amount of downtime. RBdigital will be making an update to their services that could cause disruptions for users on the web and in mobile apps on Wednesday, September 13 starting at 8:00 pm according to an email sent by the RBdigital team.

For SCDL users, this includes the RBdigital app, Zinio, and Atomic Training. RBdigital is estimating the update could take up to eight hours.

Find items faster with redesigned website search

Starting today, you’ll notice a new and improved user interface when you search at starklibrary.org. The search results page has been redesigned to make it quicker and easier to find what you want in our catalog.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • It’s now easier to find different types of items. You can select between Books, Digital items, Video, and lots of other result types simply by clicking the bar at the top of the search results page.
  • The new user interface loads titles as you scroll, making in-depth searches a lot more convenient.
  • Digital materials are clearly marked by item type (for example, ebooks, audio, and video). This is indicated on the thumbnail for each item.
  • The links that take you to SearchOhio or OhioLink to see if they have what you’re looking for are now located at the bottom of the screen under the blue Can’t find something? bar. You’ll also have the option to conveniently request that we purchase an item not found in our catalog.

How to be safe and smart when downloading apps from Google Play

If you’re using an Android device, you’ve probably downloaded an app from Google Play at some point. Also known as the Play Store, Google Play is the go-to source for Android apps. In theory, all apps in an app store like Google Play should be safe because they’re vetted by Google prior to being published—that’s the advantage of the more controlled “walled garden” environment found on mobile devices.

Every garden has weeds, however, and Google Play is no exception. There have been reports that Google has removed apps from the Play Store due to the presence of spyware. Even relatively “safe” apps can request excessive permissions, potentially enabling data collection and tracking you aren’t even aware of.

The following are some tips for staying safe when downloading apps from Google Play:

Preview permissions

An example of the permissions an app on Google Play can require.

On Android, apps exist in what’s called a sandbox. Basically, by default, an app can’t access any other apps or make changes to the system as a whole. Although this keeps you safe from malware, it can also limit what apps are capable of doing. Permissions are granted to apps to allow them to perform special tasks—like access your camera or microphone—in a transparent and controlled way.

You can preview the permissions an app needs to run in Google Play before you install it by scrolling to the bottom of its page in the Play Store and tapping Permission details. This gives you an overview of the special permissions an app will receive when you download it. In newer versions of Android, apps have to explicitly ask you for certain permissions after they’re installed, like the ability to access your device’s storage.

Determine the number of downloads

Google Play prominently displays the amount of times an app has been downloaded at the top of the screen under the Install button. Keep an eye on this when you’re thinking about downloading a new app.

The number of times an app has been downloaded is displayed prominently in Google Play.

Although there’s nothing wrong with installing an app that’s only been downloaded a few thousand times, the more users an app has, the more visible the app will be and there will be less opportunity for malware to fly under the radar. It can also help you recognize and avoid “clone” apps that may distract you from the real app you’re trying to download.

Remember to research

Beyond permissions and number of installs, there are other ways to make sure an app is safe. In many cases, you can learn more about who made an app and what the app does by going to the app developer’s website (found at the bottom of the app’s Play Store listing under Additional Information). It’s also a good idea to check out reviews for the app, both on Google Play itself and online by simply searching for the app on a search engine.

International Children’s Digital Library

This week I discovered the International Children’s Digital Library. I was looking for reading materials that my daughter’s students could enjoy. Did I mention that her students represent 37 different cultures from around the world? Trying to build a reading collection that would support so many different languages can be a daunting task. Sites such as the ICDL helps to fill the demand.

The ICDL “goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from through the world” as well as “promote(s) tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children’s literature from around the world.”

The site is easy to use.  You don’t need to open an account to enjoy books from around the world.  You can select items by age, book length, award winners and/or genres.  You can also enjoy their Exhibition collections of books from around the world.  Each exhibitions is theme based and provides links to books and related activities.

While you don’t need to register to use the site or the books there are additional options for registered users including preferred languages use, returning to the last page read, the personal bookshelf and more.

Oh, one more thing. You can read the books from any computer with an Internet connection.

Personally, I just finished reading Legends of Maori a book contributed by the National Library of New Zealand!

Happy reading,



Libby’s Activity Tab

Libby, the library’s new app for Overdrive is here!  One of the great things about Libby is that you can keep track of your reading history with the Activity tab. To get to your activity tab, simply open the Libby app and tap on “Shelf.” This will take you to you loans page, and you’ll see some options at the top- Loans, Holds, tags, Activity.

Tap on “Activity” on the right to access 2 sections called “For your Attention” and “Your Timeline.”The books under “For Your Attention” are books that have been returned. These notifications can be cleared by tapping Dismiss.


The “Your Timeline” section keeps a complete list of titles that you’ve borrowed, returned, or placed on hold.


If you wish to remove any of these titles from your list, you can swipe from left to right and tap “Remove.”


This feature will be great for those of us who can’t quite remember if we’ve read a book or not or where we left off in a certain series. This is just one of the many great new features of Libby. For more info on Libby, visit the Help Page here: https://help.libbyapp.com/




Outlook’s Quick Parts

Many times throughout the day I am sending the same information in email replies. I have discovered I don’t need to retype the information each time.  I can use Outlook’s Quick Parts instead.

Step 1: Getting Ready

Open the Microsoft Outlook and launch a new email.

Quick Parts 1

Step 2: Build your Quick Parts

Add your content to the body of the email.  This can be text, an image, or both.

Quick Parts 2

Step 3: Build your Quick Part

Select the Insert Tab at the top of Outlook

Highlight your information

Quick Parts 3Select Quick Parts from the Text group and then select Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery.

Give your response a name.

Quick Parts 4

You can add a description and when ready select OK.

Close and do not save the email you were using to create your Quick Part.

Select Quick Parts again to see your selected information.

Quick Parts 5

Step 5:

Now you can use your Quick Parts response when it is needed for a new email or a reply.

Launch a new email or select reply for an email in your inbox.

Select the Insert tab and place your cursor in the email where you would like the Quick Part to be entered.

Select Quick Parts from the Text group.

Locate and select the Quick Part from the gallery.

Select Send when email information is completed.

Hope this helps you as much as it has me,


Facebook can be a great social network. However, it does have its risks. Almost every day, I hear about Facebook accounts being hacked or duplicated. That is why it is important to monitor Facebook’s privacy and Security settings. Taking simple steps can help protect someone’s personal information in an age of over sharing and public access.


There are 2 steps that can be taken to help protect privacy on Facebook. Both of these are found in the security settings. To get to Settings, on a desktop, go to the upper right-hand corner, to the carrot (arrow) and go to Settings.






The 2 features that are key to protecting yourself are Security and Privacy. Facebook has some great articles about these settings, and others, by visiting: facebook.com/help


There are 2 main parts that are helpful in the Security Settings.

  • Log-In Alerts: This alerts you when there is an unrecognized login
  • Two-Factor Authentification: This feature requires a second security code for any unrecognized device login.

Privacy has 3 areas to help protect your account.


  • Who can see my stuff?
  • Who can contact me?
  • Who can look me up?

Changing these settings, can add an extra layer of protection, so that Facebook can be enjoyed for the site it was meant to be. Enjoy networking with safety and privacy in mind.

Always remember to periodically check these settings especially after any Facebook updates or notifications.


Blocking Someone on Facebook

Facebook as well as other social networking sites can be very active and informative by providing you with much needed information about a product, family, and friends.  It can also be frightening sometimes as well.  When others post to your Facebook account unwanted or offensive information, you do have ways to stop it from happening again without worry.

Blocking posts from an individual requires a couple of steps and can be done without worry of the person knowing. I have included in today’s post instructions on how to block someone from your Facebook account. Feel free to share them with others or to print them for future use.

Blocking Someone on Facebook

Hope this helps,


Google Earth, What’s New

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Recently Google launched a version of the Earth program that does not require a download.  Now you can travel the earth just by visiting the website.  In the Chrome browser, it does not work in Edge, just search for Google Earth.  Click on the link and away you go.

You can travel around the world using your mouse, arrow keys or their built-in navigation buttons.  See your home, explore a vacation spot, travel to far off lands and much more.  With the Voyager feature you can take guided tours of sites and learn facts as you go.  Voyager has a lot to offer for the inquisitive mind with links to websites, videos and more.  Keep track of the places you’ve visited with the bookmark feature.  Zoom in and out, explore in 2D and 3D views and drop into a street view where available.

There’s a lot to do in Google Earth, but if you find yourself wanting more consider downloading the desktop version.  The browser version is packed with options, but the download has even more.  In the download version you can plot trips from one point to another then fly them, travel to the stars or moon and Mars, and go back in time to old maps.  Those are just a scant few of the additional options in the desktop version.

I am really enjoying the browser version because of its ease of use.  The limited options make it less confusing and easier to navigate.  If you ever tried the desktop version and got frustrated I’d recommend the browser version to start.  I will say though that I miss the extra options of the desktop version and find myself going back to it when I can.

Keep an eye out for the fall season Smartstore Guide and sign up for a free class to get started with the desktop version of Google Earth.  In the meantime, happy travels.