Archive for the ‘Library Services’ Category

Library highlights year of successful initiatives in its first report to the community

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Nomination for 2014 Business Excellence Award caps year that saw the library launch online magazines, music downloads, IdeaMarket, and more

NEWMARKET, Ontario, April 24, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library has released its first ever report to the community, highlighting initiatives taken during year one of the library’s Strategic Plan 2013-2016. The report includes a number of firsts for the library, such as e-magazines, music downloads, the IdeaMarket series of community conversations, children’s technology learning programs, and more.

“The library now offers its members access to digital magazines and music, in addition to eBooks,” said Todd Kyle, the library’s CEO. “And we have introduced more programs to teach people how to use the technology required to enjoy digital media. Our goal is to provide library members with access to the wide range of knowledge and resources available in today’s digital world.”

The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce recognized the library’s successes in the past year with a nomination for a 2014 Business Excellence Award (winners will be announced at a gala on October 16, 2014).

Some of the achievements highlighted in the report include:

● Online Music. The library’s freegal music service allows members to download 5 songs per week and stream 3 hours of music daily. Users can choose from millions of songs from record labels worldwide, as well as Sony Music’s vast catalogue of contemporary and classic artists.

● Digital Magazines. The Zinio digital magazine service lets library members download popular magazines such as Canadian Gardening, Discover, Cosmopolitan, The Hockey News, Good Housekeeping, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Outside and more. Complete digital issues can be accessed from multiple platforms (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.), and there are no waiting lists or due dates.

● Online Language Lessons. Mango Languages provides library members with the opportunity to learn over 50 different languages through simple online instructions.

● IdeaMarket. IdeaMarket events provide a venue for community members to share ideas, express their views, ignite debate, and create conversations based on issues that impact Newmarket residents.

● Tech Time For Kids. Bi-weekly programs providing children and their families with the opportunity to discover the positive benefits of digital literacy through friendly and informative hands-on sessions. Programs range from exploring digital music to 3-D printing, from GPS-enabled geocaching treasure hunts to using Lego Mindstorms and StoryStarter educational kits.

● Computer Workshops. Additional programs were added to the library’s ongoing suite of computer workshops, which provide technology learning and discovery.

● New Equipment & Collaborative Work Spaces. The library has created new work spaces for groups, including a teen area featuring a large-screen monitor and Internet-enabled conference table. Teens use the equipment to connect their laptop computers and mobile devices for collaborative group work.

“As Newmarket transitions to a community engaged in the knowledge economy, the library is evolving to reflect that,” says Kyle. “Newmarket Public Library is rapidly becoming a centre of dialogue, learning, and discovery.”

The library’s report to the community will be presented to Town of Newmarket Council at their meeting on May 5, 2014, and is currently available online at www.newmarketpl.ca/report.

For further information please contact:
Todd Kyle, CEO
905-953-5110 Ext. 4670
tkyle@newmarketpl.ca
OR
Lorne Chase
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
905-953-5110 Ext. 4870
lchase@newmarketpl.ca

Library looking for public feedback to help shape its future

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

NEWMARKET, Ontario, February 1, 2012 — Newmarket Public Library would like to invite Newmarket residents to attend two focus group sessions designed to generate feedback that will aid the library in shaping its future. The sessions are open to library members and non-members. The goal is to involve as many people as possible in a candid discussion about the library, its services, and its role in the community.

“Our goal is to get a snapshot of how residents currently view the library,” said Todd Kyle, the library’s CEO, “We hope to involve as many people as possible in dialogue that will help us develop new strategic objectives to serve and support the community.”

Focus group sessions will take place at:

Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Hall,
Hall 3
200 Doug Duncan Drive
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
or
7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Refreshments will be served

Anyone can register by phoning 905-953-5110 or emailing npl@newmarketpl.ca

Library provides access to free online video tutorials on computer basics and popular software programs

Friday, August 26th, 2011

 

Professional presenters provide step by step instructions that are available online 24/7.

NEWMARKET, Ontario, August 26, 2011
Newmarket Public Library today announced a new service that provides library members with the opportunity to expand their computer knowledge through online video tutorials.

“We are pleased to be able to provide the community with a resource that is both easy to use and a great way to build valuable computer skills,” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “Library members can use these tutorials at home to increase their knowledge of computers and software programs at their own speed.”

Library members can register for LearningExpressLibrary Canada tutorials, which are professionally created videos with hosts who walk viewers through instructions step by step. The tutorials have something for everyone from the novice to the more advanced computer user.

People who are new to computers and the Internet will find tutorials on the basics, such as Windows,
e-mail, surfing the Internet, social networks and more. More knowledgeable users who want to expand their skills can choose from tutorials on software programs, including Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

To take advantage of the tutorials Individuals will need to have the particular software program they want to learn. However, most people with a computer have Microsoft Office, and it is available on the Library’s computers so people can book time on them if they want to learn how to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).

Tutorials can be accessed 24/7. They can also be added to My Center on the LearningExpress Canada website, where they are stored for quick and easy access whenever a user wants to return to them (the next time they access My Center a screen prompt will ask them if they want to resume from where they left off). When a tutorial is no longer needed, it can be easily removed from My Center.

Anyone with a valid Newmarket Public Library card will have unlimited access, free of charge, to this excellent resource. People can register for the service at www.newmarketpl.ca, by clicking on Services, then Learning Express Library.

For further information please contact:
Michael Russell, Digital Services Librarian
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4805, mrussell@newmarketpl.ca

Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870, lchase@newmarketpl.ca

Library provides new accessible computer workstation

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

NEWMARKET, Ontario, August 24, 2011

The accessible computer workstation featues oversize keyboard, touchscreen, adjustable desk and more.

Newmarket Public Library is now providing Library members who have a visual, physical or intellectual impairment an opportunity to book time on its new accessible computer workstation.

“The new workstation features the latest in technology,” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “People who have difficulty using regular computers will find it more user-friendly. We are pleased to provide them with this opportunity for a more enjoyable computing experience.”

The new workstation is equipped with the latest in assistive hardware and software, including:
Touchscreen. Users simply touch the screen with a finger, hand or the computer workstation’s stylus to move around a page.

Large Print Keyboard. EzSee™ keyboard features oversized high contrast black on yellow letters, numbers, and symbols.

Oversize mouse. Almost four times the size of a regular mouse, the Infogrip® mous

e is designed for people who need to use their entire hand for control. With blue oversized left and right buttons that help avoid unwanted mouse clicks.

Adjustable Desk. Built-in electric motor allows individuals using the desk to simply press a button to adjust the height of the desk to suit them – no manual hand cranking required.

Screen Magnifier. ZoomText 9.1 screen magnification software allows you to increase the size of the screen to make text more readable.

System Access Screen Reader. Utilizes a speech synthesizer to identify and read aloud text on a computer screen.

Kurzweil 3000. An educational software for individuals with learning difficulties, including those who are struggling with reading comprehension, individuals learning English as a second language, and persons with impaired vision or physical disabilities.

The new workstation is located on the main level of the Library. Anyone with a valid Library card can book time to use the workstation at the Circulation Desk on the main floor. For more information call 905-953-5110 Ext. 4700.

For further information please contact:
Jennifer Leveridge, Community Services Librarian
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4710, jleveridge@newmarketpl.ca

Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870, lchase@newmarketpl.ca

Newmarket Public Library one of the first in Ontario to launch mobile catalogue

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

NEWMARKET, Ontario, July 27, 2011 – Newmarket Public Library today announced the launch of its mobile catalogue, which is accessible from Internet-enabled mobile devices and smartphones.

Now library members have the option of searching the catalogue and accessing selected Library information wherever they may be: commuting, travelling, at home, at work, or anywhere else they use their mobile devices.

“The number of people using handheld devices to access the Internet is growing and to serve them better the new user-friendly version of our catalogue is ideal for mobile technology,” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. ““It’s an excellent addition to our existing digital resources, which include e-books and online databases.”

Newmarket Public Library is one of the first in Ontario to offer a mobile version of its catalogue, which allows a library member to:

Search the Library’s online catalogue using a number of qualifiers including author,
subject, genre, and more.

Check their account and reserve items.

View new and popular titles available at the Library.

Download e-books and audiobooks, after first downloading a free application compatible
with their mobile device from the Library’s OverDrive service.

Check Library hours and contact information.

The Library’s new mobile website can be viewed at http://pac.newmarketpl.ca/mobile.

For further information please contact:

Todd Kyle, CEO
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4670, tkyle@newmarketpl.ca

Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870, lchase@newmarketpl.ca

Library service helps people cut through Internet clutter

Friday, January 14th, 2011

NEWMARKET, Ontario, January 14, 2011 – Newmarket Public Library, Aurora Public Library, and Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library today announced they have joined askON, an online research help and information service  operated by staff members from Ontario libraries, colleges and universities.

“askON was created to help anyone who has ever been frustrated in their search for accurate, dependable information on the Internet,” says Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “Instead of spending hours surfing they can simply talk with a professional research librarian who will direct them to the information they need.”

Carolyn Nordheimer James, CEO of Whitchurch-Stouffville concurs. “The key is the reliability of the online
information that trained staff can direct people to, whether it’s facts for students doing school projects, statistics
for researchers, or data for parents on books for children.”

To take advantage of askON people need only visit their local libray’s website where they can click on the askON logo, and then type in a question. Their question will be reviewed by an Ontario research expert who will respond to them either immediately or as soon as possible to assist them in locating information.

Louise Proctor Maio, CEO of Aurora Public Library, points out another advantage of askON. “For people who may find it difficult to visit the library due to an illness or disability, the service allows them to easily get informed and reliable information  without having to leave their home.”

Begun in 2008, askON demonstrates the power of collaboration. There are currently 42 public libraries, 14 colleges and 7 universities that provide the service, which is available 45 hours per week. Newmarket Public Library, Aurora Public Library, Whitchurch-Stoufville Public Library and Georgina Public Libraries join a growing list of communities throughout Ontario that include Barrie, Belleville, Brampton, Sudbury, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, North Bay, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Vaughan, Waterloo, Windsor, and  many others. A list of all the participating members can be found at www.askon.ca.

Operational, administrative and technical costs of running askON are provided by Knowledge Ontario, a non-profit collaborative of organizations that includes public libraries, colleges, universities, museums, and more.

For further information please contact:
Todd Kyle, CEO
Newmarket Public Library
905-953-5110 Ext. 4670

Louise Procter Maio, CEO
Aurora Public Library
905-727-9494 Ext. 221

Carolyn Nordheimer James, CEO
Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library
905-642-7323 Ext. 223

Libraries’ community information database undergoes name change to signify extended reach

Friday, November 19th, 2010

York Info new name for York North Community Information & Volunteer Database   

NEWMARKET, Ontario, Friday, November 19, 2010
– Partners in the York North Community Information & Volunteer Database – East Gwillimbury Public Library, Georgina Public Libraries, Newmarket Public Library, and Whitchurch- Stouffville Library – today announced the database they maintain is changing its name from York North to York Info. 

York Info better represents the expanding reach of the database, which provides information and services for a growing number of people and non-profit organizations throughout York Region. It also reflects the role York Info plays as a data partner for 211Ontario.ca, a website run by the Ontario government that provides information on social services and programs throughout the province. York Info is also the recognized data partner for 211 Central.

 “York Info is an example of the collaborative spirit that exists among the four partner libraries,” said Carolyn Nordheimer James, CEO of Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library. “Helping people find the information they need, including services that assist with personal and family crises, is an example of what libraries do best.”

 York Info will continue to provide the same high level of service to people and non-profit organizations in the region, providing a wide range of brochures and other sources of information on local organizations and services, which can be accessed online, in person, or by phone.

For further information please contact:
Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator                                 
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870, lchase@newmarketpl.ca

Jennifer Leveridge, Community Services Librarian
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4710

Do-it-yourself interlibrary loans

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

NEWMARKET, Ontario, June 30, 2010 – Newmarket Public Library today announced its new service for library members: Patron-Initiated Interlibrary Loans, which allow people to request books and material from other libraries themselves online.
“This is a convenient service for people who want to go online and request books or material that the Library may not have,” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “It’s a simple process that provides people with the option of making an interlibrary loan on their own, but they can still choose to have our staff place a request for them if they prefer.”

Interlibrary loans between public libraries have been a popular service for years, allowing library members to find books their own libraries may not have. Newmarket Public Library is home to over 175,000 items, but due to space restrictions it is impossible to have an all-inclusive collection.

To take advantage of the new Patron-Initiated Library Loan service, library members are required to register at the library or contact us (providing their full name, address, home phone number and library card number).

A patron record is created in the INFOntario system (a virtual catalogue and Interlibrary Loan network for Ontario public libraries), and library members are provided with a User ID and password. To make a request, library members simply visit www.newmarketpl.ca/my-npl/inter-library-loan and follow the steps provided.

Anyone intersted in the new services is invited to call Newmarket Public Library at 905-953-5110 Ext. 4850 for more information.

For further information please contact:
Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870

Let the games begin

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

NEWMARKET, Ontario, December 29, 2009 – Newmarket Public Library today announced the official launch of its video games collection, with some of today’s most popular titles for gaming consoles PlayStation ®3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii™.

“Video games are now a social pastime for families and groups,” said Linda Peppiatt, Acting CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “The more social aspect of gaming is something the Library will be tapping into with special programs for people who want to get involved in gaming activities.”

Once considered almost exclusively a pastime for young males, today video games can even be found in senior’s homes as a form of excercise. This breakthrough success is largely due to more interactive gaming that has revolutionized the industry, such as the Wii console with its easier to use controller and active form of play that involves standing and moving around. Music games like Rock Band® are popular with people who enjoy prentending they’re “part of the band”, using controllers that simulate playing lead guitar, bass guitar and drums, and a USB microphone to sing along.

At present NPL’s new video game collection has approximately 30 titles, but more will be added in the
future. A variety of games have hit the shelves, including Rock Band, Mario Kart, and Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii; FIFA Soccer 09 for the PS3, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Beatles: Rock Band for the Xbox 360. The Library will not be adding any games with an M rating (for mature audiences) to its collection. 

The loan period for video games is one week, and since the collection is small individuals can only take out one game at a time (this is a policy that may change as the collection grows in number). Game consoles are not available for loan but will be available for special programs. Children’s and young adult games can be found on the second floor, and adult games are on the DVD shelves on the main floor across from the checkout.   

People are invited to call 905-953-5110 or visit www.newmarketpl.ca for more information on the Library’s new video game colletion.

For further information please contact:
Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870

Library’s downloadable audiobooks ideal for commuters and people on the go

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

NEWMARKET, Ontario, December 10, 2009 – Newmarket Public Library today announced the recent addition of OverDrive® to its digital services. A popular download service used in libraries throughout North America, OverDrive® allows Library members to download audiobooks to a computer or mobile device such as an MP3 player or iPod.

“The Library’s mandate is to be a hub for knowledge and information in our community in both electronic and traditional print form,” said Linda Peppiatt, Acting CEO of the Library. “OverDrive is an excellent addition to our existing digital resources.”

Overdrive can be used by anyone with a valid library card, a computer and an Internet connection. People who enjoy listening to audiobooks at home, on the way to work, or whenever they travel, will appreciate the fact that OverDrive provides them with hundreds of fiction and non-fiction audiobooks – from current bestsellers to classics.

Downloading titles is simple. People can visit the Library’s website at www.newmarketpl.ca , click on the “Download Audiobooks Overdrive” logo, and the link will take them to the OverDrive website. There they click on My Account and sign in (selecting Newmarket Public Library from a drop down menu of affililated libraries). Then they simply enter their library card number and PIN number.

Before individuals can download titles they must first install free software from the OverDrive website, which is simple to do. Once this is done people can check out or download up to five titles at a time to their computer. They also have the option of transferring a title to a mobile device. Some of the audiobooks in the OverDrive collection can even be burned to a CD. (For people without a computer or who don’t want to download OverDrive software, the Library has a download centre that they can use).

With OverDrive people never need to worry about incurring overdue fines on audiobooks. At the end of a loan period, the OverDrive software simply curtails access to any title that is due back (the title still exists on an individual’s computer but they can delete it from their hard drive using the OverDrive software).

People are invited to call 905-953-5110 Ext. 4770 or visit www.newmarketpl.ca for more information on the Library’s new OverDrive service.

For further information please contact:
Lorne Chase, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Tel: (905) 953-5110 Ext. 4870