Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  1. Create a WorldCat login.
  2. Create a brief list of books or movies. (You can duplicate one of the library’s book lists, if you would prefer.)
  3. Share a link to your public list in the comments below.

Example:  The Fan’s Guide to Baseball

Have you ever used the Suggest a Title form on the library web site? It lets you ask the library to buy an item that is not owned. This is very useful, but how do you know if or when the library will buy it?

Maybe you have a favorite author/actor and you want to know when the library adds a new book/movie by them? Maybe you’re sick of being number 472 in line for a best-seller? Or maybe you just want to know when the new World Almanac is out? (Really?)

Preferred Searches let you see when new items you are interested have been added at the library. You can set up Email alerts to notify you when new items match your search. You can make Preferred Searches for any Title, Author, Subject, or anything else you look up in the catalog!

These instructions have been added to the suggest a title pages on the library website. Please spread the word about this service!

Here’s how to set up a Preferred Search:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1. Watch the slideshow.
2. Set up a Preferred Search in the catalog.

If you have any problems, ask for help in the comments.

Extra: Do you already use Preferred Search?

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.