Severe weather is wreaking havoc on our neighbors to the south, especially the state of Alabama where more than 200 people were killed last week and many more remain missing. Throughout the states of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi, lives were lost and entire neighborhoods destroyed in a matter of minutes. Today, Memphis braces for… View more
In the Library world we talk a great deal about the importance of providing access to technology in our communities. According to the recently released Public Library Funding & Technology Access study conducted by the American Library Association, 83% of Iowa libraries offer the only free access to computer/Internet in their communities. The national average is 67%. More than just offering computers and Internet access, Iowa libraries offer licensed databases, homework help, virtual reference, ebooks and downloadable audio books.
The 2011 Linn Area Reads selection, Irreplaceable, by Stephen Lovely, delves into the world of organ transplantation and the effect on the people who are involved in the process. On Saturday, April 2, there will be a panel discussion held at the Marion Public Library with special guests from the Iowa Donor Network, as well… View more
The implementation of a new automated materials handling system at the Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL) is redefining the way items are processed and reducing the amount of time it takes for materials to get into the hands of the customers.
The Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library will hold their annual Spring Book Sale Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 at the Cherry Building (329 10th Avenue SE). Hours are: Friday, April 8, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday, April 9, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Admission is FREE. Adult and children fiction… View more
The city of Cedar Rapids has mandated that the public library will be built to LEED Gold Certification standards as established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
OverDrive, the Cedar Rapids Library’s ebook provider, has developed several resources to make using library ebooks easy to understand. This How-To-Guide is one example. Use this as an easy guide to getting started using your device with OverDrive. If you have additional questions or need a little more help, you can also visit the tutorials… View more
OverDrive, the service used by the Metro Library Network to deliver ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, has updated it’s ebook devices cheat sheet. This fantastic one-page document gives you an easy explanation of what devices work with their ebooks and what software you need to run them. OverDrive recently became compatible with the iPhone and iPod… View more
Libraries measure a number of different statistics throughout the year to determine the success of their work, not the least of which is the circulation. Circulation is essentially the count of items (books, cds, dvds, etc) that are checked out of the library. A library with high circulation numbers is a library that is well… View more
This years projected number one gift for the holidays is the ebook reader, whether that means the Sony eReader, the Barnes and Noble Nook (or Nook Color), or the Amazon Kindle. Studies estimate that sales of ebook readers will increase nearly 80 percent this year over last. That means more and more of people are… View more