Using the Library Catalog (9)

November 26, 2007

Do you know how to request items in the public OPAC? What about the book cart? If we don’t know, then we can’t help our patrons.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Do a search in the OPAC for books on starting a small business.
2. Limit your search to items published after 2000.
3. Add two books to your book cart, then place holds on these items from the book cart. (If you don’t have room on your hold list, don’t worry about that step)
4. Take the survey.

Here are some videos as a refresher:

Requesting a Book


Finding an Audiobook (Limiting a Search)


The Book Cart



Happy Thanksgiving! (8)

November 19, 2007

It’s Thanksgiving time. To keep up with the “feed” theme, we’ve got a video for you.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Watch the video.
2. Don’t burn the turkey.
3. Have a nice holiday.
4. Take the survey.

Library members can subscribe to RSS feeds for new arrivals. In their reader, they can watch for new titles as they are added to the collection. Members can also subscribe to a private RSS feed for their account. They can activate their account feed the next time they have holds ready for pick-up. See a list of many library RSS feeds.

How can you tell if there is a feed available on a website? Look for a feed icon, like these:

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Click it and the link will give you code, or prompt you to choose a feed reader. Follow the instructions, or cut & paste the web address into your feed reader.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Find RSS feeds on the Nashville Public Library website. Hint: there’s an icon on the homepage!
2. Subscribe to one of the library RSS feeds using Bloglines or another RSS reader.
3. Take the survey.

Here’s a video to get you started:

Finding Feeds

RSS Feeds: Introduction (6)

November 5, 2007

Are there websites and newsletters that you look at every day? What if you could just see what’s new in all those just by going to one place? No more ads or searching. That’s what RSS is all about.

What is RSS?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS broadcasts web pages over the Internet much like a radio station broadcasts programming over airwaves. A RSS feed reader, also known as a News Aggregator, “tunes in” to the websites that you tell it to “listen” to and pulls new items into your reader as they are broadcast.

Are there different Feed Readers?
Yes, there are many feed readers. We’ll use Bloglines in our examples. It’s free and it runs on the web. After signing up for Bloglines you can access your feeds at You can add this link to Favorites or even drag the link to your desktop.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Go to Bloglines.
2. Sign up for a Bloglines account.
3. Subscribe to a comics blog, or any other blog you want.
4. Take the survey.

Here are two videos to get you started:

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