Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Library sees surge in use during 2015

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Increases include a 26% rise in digital borrowing

Newmarket Public Library released its 2015 usage statistics this week, showing a substantial increase in the use of the library by the community during the previous year.

Overall borrowing of materials increased by 9% in 2015, over 2014, with a whopping 26% increase in electronic borrowing; mostly e-books, e-audio, downloadable music and streaming video. Even print book borrowing was up by 5%.

“It’s not surprising that e-borrowing is up,” says CEO Todd Kyle. “People’s habits are changing, and the community is discovering the expanding digital services and collections offered by the library, including online courses and downloadable music.”

Some digital services of the library, such as online general interest courses, are not expressed as borrowing numbers but by site visits, logins, and searches. Total website visits increased by 4% last year, with a 50% increase in the use of online resources. Much of that increase came from Web search results for York Info, the library’s community information and volunteer database.

Last year, York Info added King Township Public Library to the partnership it has with other libraries in York Region, an alliance that now includes five libraries. York Info is also the provider of local data on social services for the provincial 211 service.

Visits to the library in person were also up by 4%, and the proportion of checkouts being done on self-service machines increased from 42% to 59%.

“Clearly these statistics correspond with the way people have embraced digital technology and continue to do so,” says Kyle. “The Library’s mandate is to ensure the community has access to knowledge and learning in all its forms.”

Library now provides free digital media services

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

NEWMARKET, Ontario, February 12, 2015 –

If you live in Newmarket, you now have access to free streaming video and other services from your library.

Along with free downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks, the library now offers Freegal Music, whose name combines “free” and “legal”. With your library card, you can download 5 songs per week and stream 3 hours of music per day. There are 8 million songs available, including the entire Sony Music catalogue, plus music videos. There is also Zinio, a  magazine service that offers 50 different titles, all available for downloading to any device. All music and magazines are yours to keep.

Gale Courses is a large selection of online courses on things like web design, sales and marketing, and digital photography. Courses run for 6 weeks and are led by real instructors who mark assignments and provide you with a certificate if you pass.  Or if you prefer to learn languages, Mango Languages offers lessons in over 60 languages, plus ESL courses for speakers of 12 other languages.

As of January, the library also added Indieflix, which offers thousands of award-winning independent films. In addition, 4000 e-audiobook titles were added to OneClick Digital as a compliment to the larger Overdrive database of e-books.

“It’s a great time to get connected to digital media at your library,” said Todd Kyle, library CEO. “It’s all free and all you need is a library card.”

Check out the library’s offerings. To get a library card, visit the library with proof of name and address.

Survey shows impact of library Internet access

Monday, February 9th, 2015

NEWMARKET, Ontario, February 9, 2015 –

Newmarket Public Library released results of a study called the Impact Survey, which looks at how people in a community use free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The library, which offers 20 workstations, 8 laptops, and wireless Internet, as well as computer help, reports that 57% of those surveyed used a public access computer or the library’s wireless network in the past year.

The most frequently reported use of library computers was for staying in touch with family and friends and for building and maintaining social networks, followed by health and wellness information, employment needs, and educational activities. Several people reported searching for a job online, and three people even said they’d found a new job as a result.

More than two-thirds of library computer users reported that they have access to the Internet at home, school, or work, but still choose to use the library’s technology. But of those who don’t have access elsewhere, more than two-thirds are below the low-income cut-off.

“This shows that library computer access is essential, and more so for disadvantaged people”, said Todd Kyle, library CEO. “Our library’s role is to lead a learning community, and that means helping people get the skills and technology they need to participate in a digital world. The future of our community depends on it.”

The survey, developed by the University of Washington DC, is being piloted for use in Canada by a small number of libraries including Newmarket and Edmonton. View the full report.

Library wins Innovation Of The Year award

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

NEWMARKET, Ontario, October 22, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library was recognized for its innovative achievements over the past year when it received the ‘Innovation Of The Year Award’ at the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Business Excellence Awards.

The annual awards ceremony celebrates both profit and non-profit businesses that have made significant contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Town of Newmarket.

“I’m proud that the library has been recognized as such an important part of the economic and social vitality of the Newmarket community,” said Todd Kyle, CEO of Newmarket Public Library. “It is especially gratifying to win it during Canadian Library Month, which celebrates how libraries inspire people and provide them with opportunities.”

During the past year Newmarket Public Library introduced a number of initiatives to keep pace with changing trends in technology and to ensure its place in the community as a centre for community dialogue, debate, and discovery. These initiatives included:

● IdeaMarket, a venue that lets groups, organizations and community members share their
views on a wide variety of topics through informative panel discussions that are open to the public.

● Tech Time For Kids, an ongoing program series that provides children with hands-on, interactive
experiences with various technologies.

● Digital music and magazine services that library members can use to download or stream songs, and
download digital copies of popular publications.

● Online language lessons that are free for library members.

● Inventory automation to quickly sort book returns.

● The Curve, a collaborative digital media centre for youth.

● Online certificate courses for personal enrichment and lifelong learning.

View the library’s nomination video for the 2014 Business Excellence Awards

 

Children learn about technology through library’s Tech Time For Kids program series

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

NEWMARKET, Ontario, September 4, 2014 –
Newmarket Public Library today announced the launch of Tech Time For Kids, a new ongoing series of free programs for children and their families focusing on the latest in technology.

Tech Time For Kids offers interesting and informative sessions that expose children to emerging technologies, demonstrating how they can assist them at school and in their daily lives. Programs range from learning how to use electronic devices to 3-D printing, creating digital music to building robotic items. Knowledgeable staff members host the programs, while some are led by outside experts.

“We live in a world where technology is prevalent and it’s important for children to gain insight into how it impacts their lives,” says Todd Kyle, the library’s CEO. “ Tech Time For Kids provides hands-on, interactive experiences with various technologies.”

Children are invited to bring their own digital devices to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs to get answers and friendly assistance in how to operate eBook Readers, smartphones, and other electronic devices. And the very young can enjoy digital storytelling sessions led by a staff member utilizing an iPad and story apps, as well as Tumblebooks.

The Tech Time For Kids provides children with the opportunity to discover today’s digital world, and help prepare them for the evolution of technology and the advances it will bring in the future.

For more on the Tech Time For Kids please visit http://www.newmarketpl.ca/kids/tech-time-kids

For further information please contact:
Biagio Rachiele, Children’s Services Library Technician
(905) 953-5105 Ext. 4690 brachiele@newmarketpl.ca

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