‘Tis the season for “Best of 2014” lists! In the realm of technology alone, you can read up on the 10 Biggest Tech Innovations according to PC World, the Year’s Best Gadgets from Slate, and even the Top Gadget Gifts for Pets at USA Today. TechCrunch has covered year-end lists from the top two content providers for mobile devices, iTunes and Google Play. Meanwhile, over at Yahoo! Tech, David Pogue is in the middle of a festive 12 Days of Techness.
Here at the library, we’ve put together our own year-end list of technology milestones:
1. Library app: Our mobile app wasn’t new this year, but it was downloaded twice as often as last year. Each month, it gets used thousands of times to search for books or movies, renew items, and look up events on the library calendar. Search “Lincolnwood library” in your device’s app store for the free download.
2. Technology classes: Our first four months of technology classes at the library covered topics from basic computing to advanced Excel, with almost every class filled to capacity. Registration for January and February classes is going on now; visit our online calendar for details.
3. One-on-one appointments: Librarians provided with dozens of residents with personalized technology instruction and advice. To schedule your own one-on-one appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 677-5277 x293.
4. Redesigned website: Back in March, the library’s new website —optimized for mobile devices, integrated with our online calendar and catalog —launched to the public.
5. Online registration: Starting this summer, residents could sign up for story time, afterschool crafts, and other programs from home, using our online event calendar. Visit now to see what we have to offer!
6. Ebooks: Over the course of the year, our eBook and eAudiobook collections continued to grow, keeping pace with ever-increasing numbers of downloads (consistently upwards of 50% increase over the previous year).
7. Today’s news, and yesterday’s: Hundreds of newspapers from around the world are available to cardholders via NewspaperDirect. Catch up on today’s headlines, then browse the graphical interface of our Historical Newspapers, introduced this summer, to learn what happened on this date in history.
8. New online resources: In 2014, the library began offering access to a genealogy database, Ancestry Library Edition; a new language learning program, Pronunciator; and a Driver’s License Test Prep tool. See Resources A to Z for the full list (set to expand early in 2015).
9. Digital newsletter: The library’s quarterly newsletter is now available as a digital flipbook, so you can consult its event listings and articles even if you don’t have the hard copy handy.
10. User guides for research tools: The hidden treasures in the research tools provided by the library are revealed in new user guides explaining what each tool contains and how to use it. Stop by or email us for copies of the guides that interest you.
If you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of these offerings yet, don’t worry: you’ll have plenty of opportunities in 2015!