NJ Library Construction Bond Act

New Jersey voters passed the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act on Tuesday, November 7th! Here’s some information about the Act:

The Act provides $125,000,000 for construction and renovation projects throughout the state of New Jersey. The program will be a 1:1 match of state and local dollars. The goals of the bond act are to upgrade public library facilities to meet community needs and to strengthen New Jersey’s economy by creating job opportunities for New Jersey businesses. The funds will be used for projects such as new construction, repairs, rehabilitation, technology infrastructure, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This legislation was passed with strong bipartisan support in both the NJ General Assembly and the NJ Senate, and was signed into law by Governor Christie in July. Voters approved the state expenditure of funds through a ballot question on November 7.

For more information, check out: http://njlibrariesbuildcommunities.org.

The complete text, legislative history, and co-sponsors of the Act can be found here, on the New Jersey State Legislature website.

Fall Friends of the Library Newsletter!

Fall is here! That means pumpkins, crunchy leaves and the latest Friends of the Library Newsletter! Find out about our Read to a Dog Program, the Library Construction Bond Referendum, and more! As always, please consider supporting the FOL in making our library amazing!

Fall Newsletter 2017

Library Cards or I.D. required starting Jan. 1, 2017

Starting January 1st, 2017, we will require each patron to present his or her library card or valid photo I.D. with current address when checking-out items or making hold requests.

As a reminder, you can use an App like Cardstar or Keyring to “carry” your library card on your phone.  We will scan your card from your phone, just as we would do with a physical card.

If you have a family member’s card on your phone, we will take that as permission to use that card.  If you bring-in a family member’s card (that of your spouse, child, parent, etc.), we will likewise assume that you have permission to use that card.

If you want to give a caregiver permission to use your card, you can ask us to put a note on your account indicating this preference.  That person would then need to present their own I.D. when using your card.

Showing a library card or I.D. is a standard library requirement, and it allows us to make sure that items are checked-out to the correct person each time.  We are also striving to protect your privacy by making sure that no unauthorized person has access to your account.

As a reminder, you can access your own PIN-protected account online anytime by going to our catalog.  Here you can renew items, make requests, build lists, and much more!

 

New ILS!

SYSTEM UPDATE:

Due date and holds email notices are now coming from a NEW sender: libraryadmin@collingswoodlib.org.  Please add this sender to your safe list, or check your junk mail folder and mark as safe. 

The Collingswood Public Library has a new ILS! What is an ILS?  ILS stands for integrated library system, which is essentially software that manages the library catalog, patron records, circulation records, payments, and the interplay of those elements. Learn more about this whole “ILS” thing here.

Almost everything you do in the library goes through the ILS – whether you’re searching the catalog, checking items in or out, signing onto the computers, accessing eBooks, or printing a document – all of those functions rely on the ILS.  Our old ILS served us reasonably well for many years, but the product has been discontinued. Like hundreds of other libraries in our position, we have chosen this opportunity to switch to an Open Source ILS called Koha. You can learn more about Koha here.

What does this mean for patrons?

  • With Koha, you are now able to search the catalog more easily and more dynamically than ever before. You have more control over your account, and you have access to new features.
  • When you go to the library’s website, you still find the catalog link in the same place, but that link takes you to our newly designed catalog.
  • The biggest difference is that the catalog features a single integrated search bar which allows you to search for title, author, subject, series, or keyword. If you want to do a more directed search, there is an Advanced Search feature that will allow you to be as precise as you like in your search — specifying format, location, age level, and many other options.

Online users: the biggest change you will encounter is that your old login and password won’t work when logging into your library accounts. User PINs are private, so we could not transfer that information to our new system.

In Koha, everyone uses their library card barcode as their login, and your password will be your last name in ALL CAPS. Once you log in to the new system, you will be able to change your password. We recommend keeping your barcode as the username, but we can change that for you as well.  Usernames and passwords for eBook vendors will not be affected, so you can continue to use 3M, Overdrive, Gale, and Tumblebooks as usual.

As we transition, we may have some data hiccups, so please be patient as we find bugs that need to be fixed, and let us know if you find something that isn’t working properly.

Learn a new language. For free. Anywhere.

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Want to learn a new language? The Collingswood Public Library now offers the Mango Languages language-learning system to all cardholders.

Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses focus on four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango offers access to 63 foreign language courses and 18 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film, so you can learn a language while watching great movies.

In addition, Mango offers 26 specialty mini courses, including fun courses like Pirate, Oktoberfest German, and St. Patrick’s Day Irish, along with important focused courses, including Medical Spanish and Legal Spanish.

Mango can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection—so you can learn a language at the library if you’d like, or you can study in your home or on-the-go with apps for iPhone, Android, Kindle, and Nook. For help with Mango, stop by the library and ask a librarian for an introduction.