Category Archives: apps

Multi Tasking on the iPad

Apple has created 3 great ways to Multi task using an Ipad. Single-use tasking was always a drawback with the Ipad, except for music apps like Pandora. Now, with the new iOS 9 and 10 update, multi tasking is available. Lifewire.com has a great article on Multitasking with the Ipad.

There are 3 ways to multitask on an iPad that came with the new iOS 9 update. The multitasking views are only available on newer iPads. These views are: Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture.

To turn Multitasking features on or off, go to Settings > General > Multitasking

  1. Slide Over View allows you to launch apps from a right column on the iPad’s screen. This lets you interact with a second app without leaving the app you’re currently using. You can quickly check your text messages, respond to emails, or create a note.
  2. Split View splits the screen in half and allows 2 apps on the screen. While slide-over lets you briefly interact with an app and then hide it, split-view allows you to use two apps alongside one another at the same time. Currently, you will need an iPad Air 2 to use this feature.
  3. Picture in Picture allows the user to watch a video and use another app at the same time, similar to the TV’s Picture in a picture mode.

*To use any of these multi-tasking tools, an app(s) must be opened.

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SCDL Mobile App: My Bookshelf

my-bookshelfThe My Bookshelf of the SCDL Mobile app is a quick and easy way to keep track of the items of all formats that you have borrowed from the library.  It can also be used to renew physical items and return any the digital items borrowed.

To access My Bookshelf, tap on the My Bookshelf icon found on the opening screen of the SCDL Mobile app.

NOTE: You may need to drag the blue bar found at the top of the page to refresh the list of items.

my-bookshelf-instructions

  1. Tap the Renew button to renew a single item borrowed from the library.
  2. Tap the Renew all item to renew all physical items borrowed from the library.
  3. Tap the Read now button to read your digital item in the SCDL Mobile app. Note: WiFi is required to use this feature.
  4. Tap the Return button to return the digital item to the library.

 

 

Coming Soon: Look for more “at a glance” information and instructions for the SCDL Mobile App.

Dee

Winter Technology Classes for 2015

Tech Tuesdays @ the Main Library

Join us for Tech Tuesdays @ the Main Library. On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month SCDL Technology Trainers and IT Specialists present a technology “I didn’t know you could do that” demonstration.  No Registration required!  For more information call 330-458-3150 or email trainer@starklibrary.org.

Tuesdays ● 3:00-4:00 pm @ The Stark County District Library, 715 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702

Jan 13 … Register your new gadget today

Jan 27 … Free photo editing tools

Feb 10 … Learn about Dropbox cloud storage

Feb 24 … Manage your computer with Control Panel

Mar 10 … Virus Protection Made Easy: Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender

Mar 24 … Spring clean your technology devices

Apr 14 … Printing using Bluetooth on your mobile device

Apr 28 … Small Sound Systems for your mobile device or tv

Library Apps

With people as likely to access online services from a phone or tablet as they are a PC, apps have become part of everyday life. Patrons can tap into various SCDL services from apps, some of which may not be as obvious as others. To get these apps on your mobile device, check out your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, etc.). All library apps are free to download.

  • OverDrive: If there’s only one app patrons know about and use, this is probably the one. The OverDrive app allows patrons to download materials from the Ohio Digital Library, and is necessary for reading EPUB e-books, listening to e-audio, and watching video from ODL. The app was formerly called OverDrive Media Console, but the name has been simplified, as has the registration process, so if you ever gave up on the app in frustration because of registration difficulties, you might want to give it another try.  (available for Android, Apple, Windows)
  • Hoopla: Hoopla is another service the library has for e-audio and video, as well as music. All items from Hoopla can be streamed while connected to the internet or downloaded for offline consumption later. (available for Android and Apple)
  • Zinio: Check out magazines using the Zinio website. (Make certain you set up a library account so you are not charged for magazines. Remember: LIBRARY MAGAZINES ARE FREE.) After selecting magazines from the website, download issues to the app for reading anywhere. (available for Android, Apple, Windows)
  • Kindle: Many e-book titles from the Ohio Digital Library are also available in Kindle format. An Amazon account is needed to borrow e-books from ODL, but if you already have an account and the app, why not use it for Library books as well! (available for Android, Apple, Windows)
  • EBSCOHost: Many of SCDL’s databases, including those best suited to researching school assignments, come from EBSCOHost. Access 34 Ebsco databases all from this one app. The authorization process is a little tricky. An e-mail code must be sent, but the link for this code is only available when using the full desktop version of the site. Then the e-mail must be opened from the mobile device and the link within selected to authorize the app. But once that’s done, research to your heart’s content. (available for Android and Apple)
  • Mango: Mango is a database for learning over 60 foreign languages or English as a Second Language. To track progress through lessons, set up an account on the Mango website with a valid e-mail address. The Little Pim lessons specifically designed for children and Premier movie service are not available through the app at this time. (available for Android and Apple)

And those are just the apps for using Library services. Don’t forget that you can follow what SCDL is doing on social networking apps you likely have already. For instance, you could be reading this blog right now using the WordPress app. Or you might have been linked to this blog from our Facebook page, which you accessed through the Facebook app. You can also keep up with the library at Twitter and Flickr right from your mobile device using those apps. In other words, there’s no reason you can’t keep up with your Library from anywhere! (All of these social networking apps are available for Android, Apple, and Windows.)

To find out more about library apps, be sure to stop by the Main Library for Tech Tuesday on October 28 at 3:00 pm.

Shelia