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Check out Mango’s redesigned user interface

If you use Mango Languages to learn a new language through Stark Library, be sure to check out the newly redesigned user interface. This has been accessible from a link at the top of Mango’s website for some time, but now it’s the default interface when you access Mango from starklibrary.org.

The new user interface is consistent across the web version of Mango and the mobile apps available for iOS and Android. For users accessing Mango through a web browser on a desktop or laptop computer, one advantage of the new interface is that it doesn’t require Flash Player to be installed anymore.

Access to Mango is provided to library cardholders free of charge—all you have to do is use this special link from our website and enter your library card number and PIN. You can also find the link listed on the Databases A-Z page at our website.

Once you authenticate with your library card, you’ll have the option to create an account. Don’t want to sign up for one? Just click Use Mango As A Guest. You can always create an account later to save your progress.

Mango offers courses to help you develop conversational skills in over 70 languages. If you haven’t yet, try it out today!

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Android Basics: Installing apps from the Play Store

You’re not limited to the apps that come with your Android smartphone or tablet. Google Play, also known as the Play Store, is an app store that provides easy access to millions of free and paid apps. It’s linked to the Google account you’ve used to sign into your device, meaning that any apps or media you download can be accessed from different devices if you get a new phone or tablet.

Browsing the Play Store

To launch the Play Store, go to the apps menu and tap on its icon to launch it. You may already have an icon on the home screen you can use, as well. The current icon for the Play Store is pictured above.

The Play Store’s home page displays apps and games that are popular or otherwise recommended based on what you’ve installed in the past. You can find different types of media on Google Play in addition to just apps—movies, music, and other categories are available at the top of the home page.

To search for an app, tap the white bar at the top of the screen and begin typing the name of an app. As you type, you’ll see search suggestions and sometimes a link to the app you’re searching for, which you can tap to go directly to the app’s store listing page. Otherwise, press the search button on the keyboard, then tap one of the search results.

Installing apps

Before you install the app, review the information on its store listing page. Pay special attention to the publisher’s name (found at the top under the name of the app) and number of downloads—there have been instances where malicious “lookalike” apps have masqueraded as legitimate apps. If you’re trying to install a popular app like Facebook or Twitter but it only lists several thousand downloads, that’s a clear indication that you could be encountering a scam.

Tap Read More to see the app developer’s description of the app, which often contains useful information. You can also view screenshots of what the app looks like in action. Scroll down the page to check out user reviews, which can be helpful in determining an app’s quality and can help you spot potential problems other users have experienced.

Also be sure to check out the app’s permissions by tapping Permission details at the very bottom of the page. Permissions are special abilities granted to an app that let it access different parts of your device and other information.  If you see an app requesting lots of permissions, consider checking out the app developer’s website and/or privacy policy to make sure the permissions aren’t being misused.

Once you’re ready to install the app, press Install at the top of the page. When the app is done downloading and being installed, you’ll have the option to Open or Uninstall the app from this page. When you return to the home screen, an icon will automatically be added for the new app.

Android Basics: Working with apps

Apps are one of the main draws of a smartphone or tablet. They allow you to check the weather, send messages, read the news, learn a new skill, and even have a face-to-face conversation with friends and family from across the world. It’s a good idea to know a bit about how apps work on Android before you dive in, though.

Launching apps

Apps can be located in two places: the home screen or the apps menu. Launching apps from the home screen is easy—just find the app and tap its icon to launch it. (Remember to swipe left to view additional screens if necessary.) If you don’t see it there, you’ll have to locate the app in the apps menu.

  1. From the home screen, tap the icon for the apps menu at the bottom of the screen. Newer versions of Android may require you to swipe up from the dock.
  2. Scroll through the list of apps. Usually, these are arranged alphabetically, but they can sometimes by arranged in another order.
  3. Once you locate the app, tap it to launch it.

Using apps

Apps can be designed in a lot of different ways. On Android, a lot of apps are designed using a style known as Material Design. This style was created by Google and has several distinguishing features that are worth pointing out because they’re so prevalent in many different apps:

  • Navigation- Many apps have a “hamburger menu” (three lines) located in the top left of the screen. When pressed, this button reveals the navigation drawer. The navigation drawer allows you to access different sections within the app.

  • Search- Many apps have a search bar at the top of the screen, either taking up the entire menu bar or represented by a magnifying glass icon. You can use search to look things up within the app.

  • Settings- Represented by three dots in the top right corner of the screen, the settings button reveals more options or access to an app’s settings menu.

Viewing/closing running apps

When you’re in an app, you can press the home button (circle icon at bottom of screen) to return to the home screen. You might think that the app has been closed at this point, but it hasn’t—it’s actually still running in the background. If you launch the app again, you’ll find that the app is in the same state in which you left it.

This is fine in most cases, but if you’re ever having trouble with an app, or simply want to close apps to conserve battery and keep things tidy, you have to take an extra step to completely close the app.

Press the overview button (square icon at the bottom of screen) to view running apps. If you have a lot of apps open, you can scroll through this list. Tapping on any app will open it up. If you want to close an app, just swipe it to the left or right.

Android Basics: The user interface

Once you’ve figured out how to use a touchscreen, you’re ready to dive into the Android user interface. This may look different depending on the specific device you have, but in general, all these things will be present on any Android device.

Lock screen

The first thing you’re greeted with when you turn on an Android device is the lock screen. The lock screen is simply a barrier that prevents anyone who picks up your smartphone or tablet from accessing all the information and apps you have stored on it. The lock screen also displays useful information like notifications and the time/date.

To get past the lock screen, swipe up. If you have your device set to require a PIN or pattern, it will ask you for it at this time. (If your device doesn’t have one, it’s a good idea to set a PIN—it prevents strangers from picking up your phone and having instant access to your email, Facebook, and other sensitive information.)

Home screen

The home screen in Android is similar to the desktop on a Windows computer—it’s the launching point for pretty much everything you do on your device. The home screen is composed of several different parts:

Navigation buttons

At the very bottom of the screen, you’ll see three buttons. How these appear varies by device, but in stock Android, they are represented by a triangle, circle, and square.

  1. The triangle (left) is the Back button. When you’re in an app, this brings you back to the screen you were previously looking at. This could be another screen within the app or, if you just launched the app, the home screen itself.
  2. The circle (middle) is the Home button. You can use this button to return to the home screen when you’re in an app.
  3. The square (right) is the Overview button. This shows you any apps you have running in the background. You can switch to open apps here or close them.

Dock

The dock is where you can store your most frequently used apps for quick access. In many cases, you’ll also see an icon for the apps menu, which displays all the apps installed on your device. For some newer versions of Android, there’s no longer a dedicated button for this—you have to swipe up from the dock to reveal this menu.

App icons

The majority of the home screen is taken up by space for app icons. This space is customizable and gives you quick access to frequently used icons. You can have multiple screens with different icons, usually represented by small dots beneath this area. Swipe left to view additional icons.

Notification drawer

At the top of the screen, you’ll find a status bar that displays the time, your device’s signal strength, notifications from apps, and other information. This bar will be present regardless of if you’re on the home screen or in an app. If you swipe down, this bar expands to reveal the notification drawer. Notifications are messages sent by apps on your phone that alert you when you have new messages and emails or provide other information the app deems important.

You can tap on a notification to open the app that sent it. If the notification is very long, sometimes all of the text won’t be displayed—you can simply swipe down on the notification itself to reveal additional information. Notifications can start to pile up if you don’t keep them tidy, so you can dismiss them by swiping them away to the side. If things get out of hand, there’s also a Clear All button that allows you to dismiss all notifications at once.

Swiping down again from the top of the notification drawer reveals quick access to frequently-used settings, like Wi-Fi networks and screen brightness. There’s also usually a gear icon displayed that lets you access the Settings menu.

Android Basics: How to use a touchscreen

If you’re used to a traditional mouse and keyboard, it can be hard to use the touchscreen on an Android device at first. In many ways, however, touchscreens are simpler—rather than having to manipulate a mouse cursor, you just directly touch your finger to the screen.

There are five basic types of touchscreen gestures you’ll need to able to perform to effectively use your Android smartphone or tablet:

  1. Tap– The simplest gesture is the tap. Tapping simply involves quickly pressing your finger down on the screen, then letting go—almost like clicking a mouse. The key is to tap quickly, not allowing your finger to linger on the screen and potentially be interpreted as a long press. Tapping is used to launch apps, open links, press buttons, etc.
  2. Swipe- The next important gesture to learn is the swipe. To swipe your finger, just gently move your finger in a straight line across the surface of the touchscreen. Swiping is used to scroll through apps or webpages, and can also be necessary to answer phone calls. The most common directions to swipe are up, down, left, and right, but in some apps—like Google Maps—you can swipe in any direction, even diagonally.
  3. Long press- As opposed to a simple tap, a long tap or press is where you hold down your finger on a button or text on the screen. After a second, you’ll feel a slight vibration and will then get a context menu. This is the equivalent of right-clicking on a computer and can be used to select text and copy and paste, as well.
  4. Drag- This gesture is a combination of the long press and the swipe and is how you move app icons on the home screen. While long pressing on an icon, simply drag your finger along the surface to move it, then let go when you’ve moved the icon where you want it. Be careful to keep pressure on the screen with your finger while dragging.
  5. Pinch-The final type of gesture you’ll need to know how to perform is the pinch. A pinch can be done in two different directions—pinch in or pinch out—to zoom in or out on your screen. To zoom in, place your thumb and index finger diagonally apart from each other, then spread them away from each other. To zoom out, simply reverse this motion and pinch your fingers together. Pinching is commonly used for photos, maps, and websites that aren’t optimized for mobile devices.

If you’re able to comfortably use the above gestures, you should be able to launch apps and navigate around the Android interface. Remember to be careful about inadvertently tapping the screen—it can be very easy to accidentally launch apps or enable settings if you’re in the habit of resting your fingers on the screen.

Returning Ohio Digital Library items @ SCDL

SCDL Mobile AppMany patrons know they can order they digital materials directly from the SCDL online catalog. But did you know you can also return your Ohio Digital Library items from the online catalog as well?

To return your ODL items from the SCDL online catalog, sign in to your SCDL online account. You will need your library card number and pin.

My account

Find your account information by selecting your name at the top of the screen.

Account Name

Once your are into your account, select My eBooks.

eBooks 1

Your digital items from the Ohio Digital Library will appear in a list. Each item will have the title, author, checkout information, provider, Check In and Get eContent options.

eBooks 2

  1. Title: Select the title to view the item’s record. eBooks3 Note: Use the back button to return to your account.
  2. Date: The date feature provides the item’s due date as well as the number of days remaining until item in automatically returned. ebook4
  3. EBook Provider: The ebook provided indicates the lending library. This logo is the Ohio Digital Library and OverDrive. ebook 5
  4. Check In: You may return your digital item by selecting Check In. eBook6     eBook7
  5. Get eContent: You can download your digital item directly from your SCDL online account by selecting the appropriate digital format. Note: It is best to do this from the device you will be accessing your digital materials. ex: Tablet, eReader, computer with proper apps.

ebook 8

Now you can keep track and work with your printed and Ohio Digital Library digital materials using your SCDL online catalog.

Happy ready,

Dee

Preferred Searches @ SCDL

SCDL Mobile App 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.

Begin with signing into your library account.

Preferred Search 1

Log in to your SCDL online account using your library card number and pin.

Preferred Search 2

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.

Preferred Search 3

To create a Preferred Search

Select the Classic Catalog option at the bottom of the page.

Preferred Search 4

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.

Preferred Search 5

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.

Preferred Search 6

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.

Preferred Search 7

Happy Reading,

Dee

Creating a (Wish) List of Books and more @ SCDL

SCDL Mobile App 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.

Access your SCDL online account from the library’s website.

My SCDL account

Log in to your SCDL account using your library card number and pin.

Account Log In

Access your Lists from your account.

My List 1

My List 2

To create a list locate the Classic Catalog option at the bottom of the page.

My List 3

Generate a Keyword, Author, even a Series search for your item(s) and then select Submit.

 

My List 4

Select Save to Book Cart to begin creating your list. You may select one title or as many as needed to complete your list. You may also add titles later.

My List 5

Select View Book Cart.

My List 6

Check each item you want on your list; select the drop down arrow and select Create a new list from the options; select Go.

My List 7

Give your list a title and description and then select Go.

My List 8

My List 10

When finished logout of the classic catalogy.

Now when you open up your SCDL account you will see your My Lists.

My List 11

Select a list and then select a title to open up the record in the catalog for requesting.

My List 12

Now you can enjoy adding titles to you lists for future reference.

Happy Reading,

Dee

Your Reading History @ SCDL

SCDL Mobile AppSo 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.

My account

Find your account information by selecting your name at the top of the screen.

Account Name

Once you are into your account, select My Reading History from the list on the left side of the screen.

Reading History Link

Locate and select the Opt In button.

My Reading History Opt In

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.

Reading History Opt In window

If you see a title you would like to order again, click on the item title.

book information

You are taken to the item record where you may request the title or place it on hold.

Happy reading,

Dee

Paying Fees and Fines Online @ SCDL

SCDL Mobile App  Did you know you can pay your fines and fees totaling more than $1 online?

Paying your Fee or Fine can be done online using your SCDL online account and a credit card.

  1. Select My Account My SCDL account
  2. Log in to your SCDL online account using your library card number and pin.

Account Log In

3. Select Fines/Fees from the menu on the left of the screen.

fines and fees

4. Select Pay Online.

payonline

5. Enter your card information select Continue to finalize the process.

card information

You may still visit any SCDL location to pay any fines or fees if you rather to pay in person.

Continue watching for new blogs regarding the benefits your SCDL online account has in store for you.

Dee