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Putting the “E” in Library
Monday, February 22, 2016
by: Timothy W. Shire
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On Tuesday of this past week, the retired teachers local chapter, set out to explore the services of Tisdale’s public library. To say the least, the library and all libraries in the Wapiti region, offer a whole lot more than books to borrow off the shelf. The regional library has moved whole heartedly into providing the library user with a host of electronic resources and all of it is free of charge.

Our guide on this exploration was Community Services Librarian,
Lindsay Baker who dished out common sense and information based on her wealth of experience that illustrated the services available and as we watched and questioned, she demonstrated the various extensive services that now are available to every person with a library card.

Speaking of which, if you don’t have a card, get with it, the process is straightforward and simple. Go into your local library and sign up. Your bar code number gives you online access to a world of amazing services.
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Now a word of caution, people like myself are often guilty of selling the world on technology, assuming that everyone can invest the time and effort it takes to work through the routines of your hardware and the software involved. The reality is, there is a steep learning curve and you really have to be patient with yourself and take your time working at achievable portions of the huge range of services available. But even to this, there is a silver lining. The Tisdale Public Library has a specialist who can lead you step by step through the hardware and software to get the results you are seeking. She is at the library every Monday and Friday all day and every evening from 5:00 until 8:00. This means you have a valued and really knowledgeable person who can patiently walk you through the various systems.

After the session with Lindsay Baker, I was eager to try some of this stuff out and I was definitely challenged by that learning curve. Take a look at the host of services that the library provides as they are summarised in the pamphlet “
Wapiti services”. The core to all of the electronic services is the Wapiti Regional Library website. As you see in their pamphlet, that includes newspapers in PDF format every day for Canada and around the world. I immediately took a shot at looking over the day’s version of the Regina Leader Post and found it was all there, but I was using the iPad, and found the limitations of the screen made it cumbersome to use. As you see, using the device you have available is a huge part of this process.

The services are on your laptop, or desktop computer, but you can download “apps” for you iPad, or android tablet, to do the same things. To add to this, your smartphone with those same downloaded apps, can accomplish the same tasks. So you really need to consider which service and which device you want to use and which works the best for your needs. There is no one size fits all in this process.

These services of course include borrowing e-books and audiobooks, which work probably best on your tablet, iPad, iPod or iPhone, then you will discover that one of the services,
“Flipster” delivers to you, right to your computer or iPad, complete issues of the current, or past issues of popular magazines. I immediately tried this out and skimmed through the March edition of Popular Mechanics, it was astonishing, easy to use and perfect for my iPad.
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The library and most people, will be most impressed with “Hoopla,” it is a killer system that can dish up books, graphic novels, movies, TV, music and audiobooks. As a Netflix user the movies and TV are pretty much covered with this service, but if you don’t use this service, Hoopla is available and it is free. We have tried it out in our house and the software and app are simple to use and produce satisfying results.

Library-to-go for audiobooks and ebooks is dramatically simplified by downloading the app “OverDrive”. We have been using this for some time and it works flawlessly for us.

Ebooks and electronic media is not for everybody, but for you who read this web site, you already are pretty technologically savvy and making use of these great services from the public library is a reasonable challenge for you to undertake.

The secretary of the Superannuated Teachers group is
Darlene McCullough and she made the notes shown below, that sum up the services she saw as useable to her and the other retired teachers:


Go to Wapiti Regional Library and sign in.
User Name - bar code on your library card
Password - last 4 numbers of your telephone number
Click on topics from the banner:

HOOPLA - for movies, audio books, TV shows, music, comic books, e-books

Log in - same as above - search area of interest - when you find what you want click on title,

Borrow or Add to Favourites

(want it now) (can go back to it later)

- movies you select will be available to you for three days and then they disappear
- e-books are available to you for 14 days

FLIPSTER - for magazines

Find what you want - click on magazine and it opens in your browser

You can go to the menu (on left upper corner) and download it if you want to.

It is available to you for 14 days.

Back issues (for one year) are also available.

NOTE: The helper is available in the library all day Monday and Friday and all evenings from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

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