October 27th, 2010

You Spoke Up, We Listened!

Earlier this year, many of you took a survey about our website.  We wanted to know what you liked and what you didn’t.  Your comments were immensely helpful, and we’ve been working ever since to analyze the results and plan for improvements.

What about our site did you like best?  Overall, you loved the book recommendations, and we loved writing them!  The reviews from our staff have been very popular, and we are thrilled that you like them.  Another aspect that got high reviews was the wealth of available information – from easy access to resources such as our Online Databases or InterLibrary Loans, you know that our site connects you with reliable information.  Additionally, you appreciated how you can access our catalog and your account from any page on our site.

You also had several helpful suggestions.  Many of you expressed frustration with our events calendar.  Rest assured that we have heard you, and we are working hard on making some major improvements in the near future!  It will be easier to search, making it simple to find events that interest you – by branch, age group, topic, and more.  Your feedback indicated that our catalog needs some work, and we’ve started making changes already.  These changes will be gradual, but we’re fixing errors, streamlining and adding more functionality.  Finally, some of you said that you had some trouble navigating our site, so you may notice that we’ve simplified and reorganized several areas.

The survey also revealed some “undiscovered” parts of our site.  Since our new website offers so much more than our previous, we’d love to introduce you to some great new offerings you may have missed:

- Did you know you can leave a comment on any book, DVD or audiobook featured on our site?  We want to know your opinions, so make sure to leave a comment when you see a review or an item that interests you!

- Not sure what to read, watch, or listen to next?  We have a whole page of resources dedicated to helping you find items that you’ll love.

- Want to know about upcoming events?  You can sign up online to get our newsletter, The Library Link, automatically delivered to you each time there’s a new issue.

- Interested in downloading an audiobook or digital book?  Click here to see our free resources!

Our site offers so much more, so we hope you’ll take some time to explore it for yourself.  Thanks again for your help with this project and stay tuned for more exciting changes.  And let us know – what changes have you noticed?  What new things have you discovered about our site?

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July 28th, 2010

Are You Listening? To Books That Is….

My husband doesn’t read. The last book he vaguely remembers opening was The Jim Thorpe Story borrowed from the high school library in 1984. He still has it. Given my career as a librarian, this initially appalled me on many levels. Could he ever appreciate my interest in a well-executed plot twist? Would our children be predisposed to theft? Then he discovered audio books.

These days I can always find him by following the sound of a stranger’s voice. Usually it’s George Guidall or Scott Brick, his favorite narrators, booming from the garage.  He now listens to many more books than I read, gravitating to stories featuring a somewhat psychopathic private investigator roaming the South. His current favorites:

Gator A-Go-Go by Tim Dorsey
featuring Serge Storms eliminating the bad guys in ever inventive ways

Deep Shadow by Randy Wayne White
with Doc Ford forced to help some ex-cons dive for lost treasure

Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
centered on Det. Robicheaux avenging a murder in the bayou

Spider Mountain by Peter Deutermann
with Cam Richter hunting down a meth lab in the Smokies

Silencer by James Hall
proving that saving Florida’s wilderness is risky business for newly wealthy P.I. Thorn

Purists would say he still isn’t “reading”.  I say the process may not be the same, but the beauty of plot, language and knowledge are still finding their way to his brain, just by way of the ears instead of the eyes.  I plan on surprising him with an MP3 player soon. Downloading from the library would save me searching for all those misplaced CDs, but then he doesn’t even know how to turn on our computer…

“Reading” any favs using audio or is that not really “reading”?

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