Many thanks to the library users who completed our Community Technology survey. We will be following through on those responses in coming months. So watch this space for new community technology initiatives.
The comments were also both helpful and informative.
Which leads to what will appear as a regular feature on our website and catalogue - Did you know.....
This feature will highlight some of the services, facilities that you may not be aware that your library provides and we will begin with some arising from comments from the survey.
Ancestry, the well known online genealogy tool is available from all our internet PCs in all our libraries and is free to use with your library card. (our licence restricts it to in-house use only). If you prefer doing research on your own device, then access Ancestry on your device using our free Wi-Fi.
We have Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite Version 6 on iMac computers at our Narre Warren and Cranbourne Libraries. These machines are free to use with your library card for up to two hours. Printing is also available.
The iMacs also have iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband.
Transparent Language Online is an online resource to help you learn a new language, whether a foreign language or English as a Second Language.
It includes the facility for hearing how a word/sentence is pronounced.
The Library sells USB sticks for saving files from any library computer or personal device with a USB port.
We have three language collections and with more resources in other languages in the form of magazines and newspapers. We have an Italian collection at Narre Warren, Chinese collection at Endeavour Hills and Sinhalese collection at Hampton Park.
Through our library catalogue, we also have access to language collections in nineteen other Victorian public library services. And there is also Press Display - which has the newspapers from around 200 countries, in their original printed format, free to read online with your library card.
So watch this space and watch the website and catalogue for more about library services and facilities that you may not know about.....