The Microsoft store has lots of add-ins to boost creativity and productivity within their Office products. Many are free and can be very useful tools, like:
- Speech recognition and dictation
- Language translation
- Starbucks e-gift cards
- Document signing
- Charts and diagrams
Follow this link (https://store.office.com/en-us/appshome.aspx?ui=enstore.office.com/en-us/appshome.aspx?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US-US&rs=en-US&ad=US) to store and browse around all your options. They can be sorted by product (Word, Excel, etc.) or category.
The WPLC is pleased to announce the addition of 25 always-available audiobook titles from Blackstone Audio in Wisconsin's Digital Library. These titles were purchased by the WPLC Selection Committee on June 30th and added to the collection on July 3rd. On that day, the purchase immediately filled 1625 holds. In just one week, the titles have circulated 5,939 times.
The titles are easily accessible through a curated collection titled "No Wait Audio!" at https://wplc.overdrive.com/collection/98873. We will be reviewing the possibility of additional packages like this in the future.
For any questions, please contact Sara Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recent months, you may have noticed browser icons and messages like these...
What's going on?
Earlier this year, certain browsers began to warn users when they visit a login page that doesn't use https. Https is a secure version of the http protocol used to pass information between websites and browsers and is commonly used by websites passing usernames/passwords, credit card information, and other sensitive information.
There is a big push to implement https on all websites to help keep users' browsing and personal data secure. Not all websites currently use https, and it will take time to convert them. You may have already noticed some websites managed by SCLS have not yet made the jump, but some like LINKcat and the ecommerce payment website DO provide secure connections. In upcoming months, we will be working on converting more of the SCLS-managed sites.
In the meantime, remember: never (NEVER!) enter your credit card, social security number, bank information, or other super-sensitive information on a website that is NOT https. ALL banking, tax, financial, and retail sites should provide https for security.
Want to know a little more about https and secure websites? Take a look at this short but informative 3-minute CommonCraft video!
A short tutorial on your browser's security features: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafety/your-browsers-security-features/1/
Mozilla's and Google's blog posts about https:
In June of 2017, OverDrive announced a broader release of their updated mobile app for Wisconsin's Digital Library called Libby. This app has been designed specifically to streamline and simplify the OverDrive mobile user experience, especially for new users. Libby will be added to Wisconsin's Digital Library in August as the preferred app for new users and following that, OverDrive will begin to encourage users of the existing app to switch to Libby. As of June 2017, there is no definitive timeline for when the current app will be discontinued and developments about Libby will be shared to the WPLC blog and to the WPLC Announcements List.
Libby is currently available for download in the app stores for iOS(link is external), Android(link is external), and Kindle Tablets(link is external). In order to prepare our frontline OverDrive support team of librarians across the state, we encourage you to try the app for yourself. We have also put together some resources to help you support the app for those early adopters who may have questions. This documentation will be rolled into the OverDrive support documentation as we know more about the app and how to best support it.
About Libby: https://meet.libbyapp.com/(link is external)
This website provides an overview of the app and some videos to help patrons get started.
Help Using Libby: https://help.libbyapp.com/(link is external).
This website includes instructions for Getting started, Searching, Borrowing, Streaming and downloading, Returning, Kindle Books, Holds, Library cards, Tags, Activity, Other tips, and Troubleshooting. For trickier issues, OverDrive is also available for frontline help through Marketplace or through this form: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3216684/Libby-Support-Form(link is external).
OverDrive Training: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/playback/Playback.do?id=9gn5pu(link is external)
This recorded webinar from OverDrive aims to help you learn how to get your first-time users started with Libby.
As always, the WPLC OverDrive Support Community(link is external) is there for you to help you answer questions that you can't answer on your own.
Please contact email@example.com for more information or with any questions.
(Copied from: https://www.wplc.info/libbyintro)
Here are some tidbits from my Google newsletter:
- Last month, we announced a new version of Google Earth for the web, including interactive guided tours and a new 3D button that allows you to see any place from any angle. Try it out in your Chrome browser.
- Everything Google I/O: Google I/O was held at the Google HQ in Mountain View, California on May 17-19. Check out all of the announcements - everything from virtual reality to Google Photos to YouTube to Google Assistant and the Actions on Google Developer Challenge.
How often have you been peacefully reading online content on your PC and some garish video unexpectedly takes over? Boom! Peace gone. You can configure your browsers to disable video autoplay. Here’s how.
Each of these ‘disable’ steps are reversible. The effectiveness of the disable may vary from browser to browser but hopefully videos barging in on your reading will at least be diminished. Peace out!
Hello! Recently, OverDrive has moved to begin the transition to Libby from the existing OverDrive app. This transition will take quite some time, and will be done in phases. Phase 1 will encourage brand new users to download Libby instead of the OverDrive app. While OverDrive users in other states will see this change in June, the WPLC has opted to push this back to August in order to give us time to prepare to properly support the new app. Phase 2, which will happen later in the fall, will begin to encourage existing users to switch to Libby. It is unknown at this time if or when support for the existing app will end.
If you are not using Libby, we encourage you or your library's OverDrive support providers to become acquainted with it. Even though the app won't be pushed to new users until later this year, it is already available for public download and there will likely be support requests for it soon. You can download Libby from the App Store or Google Play.
OverDrive is providing three upcoming webinars on Libby next week and you can find information about those Staff Training as well as general information here: https://resources.overdrive.com/meet-libby/.
Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and feel free to share your feedback about Libby as you use it with us so we can help guide its development. We will continue to share updates - additional training and hard dates for the transition - as they become available.
BadgerLink is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction which provides Wisconsin residents with licensed content not available through regular search engines.
Some of the resources BadgerLink provides include LearningExpress Library (practice tests and tutorials for students and adult learners), EBSCO databases (everything from auto repair to articles on business, health, and general topics), HeritageQuest Online (genealogy resources), to name just a few. We link to some of the BadgerLink resources from the SCLS System-Wide Resources webpage for easy access for SCLS residents, and the full collection resources is available from the BadgerLink website.
Here are some more interesting tidbits about BadgerLink.
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