Happy New Year! (13)

December 28, 2007

A new year is upon us. Have you had a lot of calls about Auld Lang Syne? Here are some tidbits:

Auld Lang Syne according to Wikipedia

NPR Commissioned tune to rival Auld Lang Syne

And a little activity (beware, it is noisy):

newyear.jpg

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Have a happy new year!
2. Take the survey.

Have you noticed anything different about the website lately? There’s a new Books Movies Music page!

Why a different page? Well, there’s a lot of good stuff we wanted to highlight. Like:

Staff Picks
You choose what books are featured! Use the linked form to tell us what books/movies you are enjoying. Include the title and author. You may include a review or rate it from 0.0 to 5.0 stars. Picks will be updated often.

Browse lists
See our most recent Movies and watch the previews online. Browse dozens of genre lists and updated new materials. Movies with Narration, books about World War II are among our dozens of In-depth bibliographies. New materials lists are also available as RSS feeds.

Catalog links
Find all TV shows on DVD, find all Blues CDs, etc.

Del.ico.us navigation
This lets you find all sorts of linked book guides. Say you want to find all weekly New York Times best sellers lists. You could look on New York Times’ web site, or you could look in the del.icio.us links and find the lists. Plus, these link directly to the library catalog, so you can reserve the copy in a few clicks!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Find the ‘Staff Picks’ area of the Books Movies Music page.
2. Use the form to share a book or movie you’ve recently enjoyed.
3. Take the survey.

Dear Peabody,
I got a book from NetLibrary and was prepared to answer questions, then someone asked me about something called Overdrive! What’s Overdrive? It is something for iPods?
Stella

Dear Stella,
Overdrive is another way to get digital audiobooks. Library users can download audiobooks from home using two services: NetLibrary and Overdrive. They can listen to either on their PC or mp3 players (no iPods).
Peabody

Dear Peabody,
Overdrive doesn’t look anything like NetLibrary. How do I download a book?
Stella

Dear Stella,
NetLibrary and Overdrive do look different. And the process is a little different too. Maybe this nifty chart will help clear things up.
Peabody

NetLibrary Overdrive
Books can be checked out by more than one person at a time. Only one person can check out and download a book at a time.
Books are downloaded as one large file. Books are divided into several small files.
Cannot be downloaded on library computers. Cannot be downloaded on library computers.
You only need Windows Media Player. You have to have special Overdrive software.
Must have a library card number to
sign up for an account, then you don’t need it again.
Must have a library card number each time you check out a book.
Cannot burn audiobooks to CD. CAN burn audiobooks to CD.
One part per CD. And the CDs don’t expire!

p.s. Here’s another exercise that might help you. Look for the audiobooks link on the library website to get started:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Go to the audiobooks page on the library website.
2. Go to Overdrive and find a book.
3. Checkout the book and download the book to your computer. Play a little bit of the book.
4. Leave any questions in the comments section of the blog.
5. Take the survey.

Dear Peabody,
Yesterday somebody asked me about something called NetLibrary. Was I supposed to know what that was? The person had an iPod (those things are really neat) and wanted to listen to books on it. What should I say?
Stella

Dear Stella,
I’m glad you asked about NetLibrary! After you read my instructions, you’ll be able to help next time.
NetLibrary is a service the library offers that lets people download audiobooks and put them on mp3 players. You know how you can check out a book on CD? Well, to get one, you eventually have to drive to a library. NetLibrary lets you get the whole audiobook from a special place on the Internet. So, if don’t have time to visit the library, you can still get an audiobook. Pretty neat, isn’t it Stella?
The person with an iPod is kind of out of luck, though. NetLibrary doesn’t work with iPods.
Peabody

Dear Peabody,
What’s the difference between an iPod and an mp3 player? Aren’t they the same thing? What’s the guy with the iPod going to say?
Stella

Dear Stella,
mp3 players and iPods are different – they both play audio files, like music or talk shows. But, iPods use different software to work. You know how people always say Macs and Microsoft computers aren’t compatible? Well, it is the same thing with mp3 players and iPods. But, the guy with the iPod can still listen to books – if he checks out an audiobook on cd from the library, he can use a program called iTunes to put it on his iPod.
Peabody

p.s. I have a little exercise that might help you. Look for the audiobooks link on the library website to get started:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Go to the audiobooks page on the library website.
2. Go to NetLibrary and find a book. You’ll need to register for an account first if you don’t already have one.
3. Download the book to your computer and then play a little bit of the book.
4. Take the survey.