A message from the Northamptonshire Libraries

A message from the Northamptonshire Libraries

message from the Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service:

We are all keen to open as soon as we can safely do so, but do need to have a consistent and planned approach to this across all our libraries.

Each library is going to be slightly different of course, depending on the physical layout, but there will be guidelines for all to follow.

Please be assured that we will share our procedures with you all when we can.

On-line Rhymetimes:

We know how important it is for families to be able to entertain their youngsters at this time. We're posting Craft activities and Rhymetimes on the Northamptonshire Libraries YouTube channel. During this period of social distancing library staff are recording Rhymetimes and are uploading them on to our YouTube page, so if anyone is missing their weekly fix of interactive singing please go to the link below and join in!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2ouq9dvlOGwIOV11Jvm8Vw

Facebook Pages:

Library staff are continuing to keep customers updated on the library offer through individual library Facebook pages. Check them out for some great craft and quizzing activities! If you have your own Facebook pages, please use these to keep your customers informed – like the Library Facebook pages too, so they have up to date information. As we have said before, if you do not currently have a Facebook page and/or your own website, now is a good time to get them up and running. Please let us know if you have recently set one up as we can get AnswersPlus Team to add it to your Tile on the NCC website.

eBooks now available through Libby:

We've seen a huge increase in people signing up for Virtual membership and use of e resources. We are investing in additional e resources all the time to satisfy demand.

We recently launched our new eAudiobook service, Libby by Overdrive, and we have now developed the service further by adding eBooks as well! We have started with an opening collection of more than 1200 titles and have also created a special collection for CILIP's National Shelf Service which means you can find fantastic titles recommended by professional librarians all in one place!

We are of course offering all this in addition to BorrowBox, so please don't worry, BorrowBox is going nowhere!

To use Libby, simply download the app from your app store. In the Libby app, follow the prompts to find your library and search Northamptonshire Libraries. Enter your library card number (with the D in front and no spaces) and 4 digit PIN number.

Libby also has some great features:

• Users can download up to a total of 5 loans across the collection made up of eBooks or eAudiobooks, or a combination of both.

• Within Libby there is a great support section with a guide to using the app

• Users can tag eBooks and eAudiobooks that they want to read, love or dislike

• Users can vary the speed of eAudiobooks, set a sleep timer and more

• Hold redelivery option - when a hold (reserve) becomes available, a user will receive a notification and have 3 days to pick up the hold. The user can then borrow the hold, have it delivered later, or cancel it

• Users can choose their own loan period – 7,14 or 21 days but the default is set to 21 days

For more information about Libby and all our e-lending services visit our library online.

Here's a reminder of the key facts:

• Library users need their library card number and PIN to register and use the service

• Users can download up to a total of 5 loans and 5 holds (reserves) across the collection made up of eBooks or eAudiobooks, or a combination of both.

• Within Libby there is a great support section with a guide to using the app

• Users can tag eBooks and eAudiobooks that they want to read, love or dislike

• Users can vary the speed of eAudiobooks, set a sleep timer and more

• Hold redelivery option - when a hold becomes available, a user will receive a notification and have 3 days to pick up the hold. The user can then borrow the hold, have it delivered later, or cancel it

• Users can choose their own loan period – 7,14 or 21 days but the default is set to 21 days

For The Love Of Books:

For the Love of Books – don't forget this challenge is still ongoing. If you're struggling to choose from our huge array of e books, there are different challenges posted regularly to widen your reading choices. Find the latest challenge and join in on the Facebook page.

Many of you may have heard about it or even taking part in the challenge! Basically, from 7 October 2019 to 30 September 2020, Northamptonshire Libraries are challenging you to read, or listen to, 25 books.

• discover new authors

• rediscover your love of reading

• share online

If you are stuck trying to find something to read try The Book Doctor. This is an online service to help you find a new reading Mojo. You can also post reviews of books and download your own personal reading log.

https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/library-service/Pages/for-the-love-of-books.aspx

Find My Past at home:

Find My Past is now available to access from home. After speaking to Find My Past and Information Governance internally, an extra disclaimer has been added regarding search history being visible: "Please be aware your search history will be visible to other users, so if you are uncomfortable with this, please do not use the service"

Customers who are interested in this service need to email answersplus@firstforwellbeing.co.uk and they will provide login information and instructions. We are not permitted to share login details publicly on social media.

There are a few things customers need to be aware of:

• Users will not be able to log into their personal Find My Past account to use the library subscription as they normally would via IP address recognition whilst in the library premises.

• Please be aware your search history will be visible to other users, so if you are uncomfortable with this, please do not use the service.

• Additionally, for privacy reasons, users should not start or update their own family trees on this account. Instead they should register/sign into their own personal account with Find My Past (which will require their own purchase of subscription or credits to access records within their own account).

• Users must not share the login details we give them publicly.

• Multi-user access is enabled on the subscription but there is a fair usage policy in place and a limited number of records that can be accessed monthly, so we ask that users are selective and only access records they need for their research.

Coronavirus Archive - Keep Calm and write a diary!

The Northamptonshire Archives and Heritage Service sent out a request for anyone to contact them about keeping a diary during the current time reflecting personal thoughts and feelings for the archives. This will provide a permanent record for future generations to learn from and will feature experiences of people in lockdown, stories from local keyworkers and how Northamptonshire companies adapted their skills to help with Covid-19 crisis.

Phil decided to contact them and offer to keep a diary having never kept a diary in his life before!

"I read History at University and have always appreciated the value of personal archives, we have plenty of 'history from above' but not so much 'history from below', so I thought I could in a small way add to the archive. I am keeping a hand-written almost daily diary which I have to admit is quite cathartic! It takes some discipline, which those of you keep diaries appreciate, and I write it at the end of each day and it does genuinely allow me to bring my thoughts in to focus. Even if you don't intend to hand it in to the archives have a think about keeping one, it helps."

Here is the link if you'd like to join in and record your own lockdown experiences:

https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/news/council-news/Pages/northamptonshire-archives-service-to-make-covid-19-diary.aspx

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2020 12:53 by Web Team

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