Last year, we compiled a year-end list of technology milestones that included the launch of a redesigned website and the introduction of online event registration. We are pleased to bring you this updated list from another busy year of technology enhancements and innovations.
1. One-on-one appointments: Librarians provided over 100 personalized technology sessions in 2015. For the first time this year, we took this show on the road to Lincolnwood Place, where we provided advice and instruction to residents. Contact us to schedule your own one-on-one appointment!
2. Technology classes: During our first full year of technology group classes at the library, nearly 400 adults attended sessions on topics ranging from Microsoft Office to web searching to mobile apps. View and register for upcoming classes using our online calendar.
3. hoopla: The library’s new digital media service offers music, audiobooks, movies, and more. All Lincolnwood library cardholders can instantly stream or download up to ten titles per month on hoopla—no holds, no waiting. Since launching in March, borrowers have enjoyed more than 1,000 hoopla digital titles.
4. Flipster: The library’s digital magazine service boasts two dozen popular subscriptions. Between January and the end of November, magazine readers checked out 1,330 current and back issues. Watch this space for an announcement about the 13 additional subscriptions for adults and teens that we’re adding for the new year.
5. Kindles: In addition to digital media that you can download to your personal device, the library now lends Kindle e-readers pre-loaded with hundreds of popular titles. Our devices have circulated over 125 times since they were introduced in June!
6. Lynda.com home access: Our popular resource for self-guided learning, with online video tutorials covering hundreds of topics, became available from home starting in July. In that time, the rate of videos watched has more than quadrupled! Enjoy the convenience of learning at your pace, in the comfort of your home, by visiting Lynda.com.
7. Coding for kids: This summer, we held two week-long coding camp sessions where kids got hands-on with some coding using Scratch. Both camps were filled to capacity, with waiting lists of eager coders-in-training. The coding tutorials offered by both Scratch and Code.org are phenomenal, whether you’re a beginner or—like our campers—a pro.
8. Video games: Fifth through eighth graders gamed like crazy after school on our Xbox One, and video game checkout increased 39% in 2015 with releases like Fallout 4, Halo 5 Guardians, Super Mario Maker, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Mortal Kombat X. Early 2016 is already slated to be a huge gaming season, so keep an eye out for new releases!
9. Laptops: Lincolnwood residents have been able to borrow laptops for use within the library building since June. This service is growing in popularity among students, as well as professionals who work remotely.
10. LincolnwoodLibrary.org: With well over 200,000 page views this year, and roughly 17% of all traffic coming from mobile devices, our library website continues to serve as a popular “virtual branch,” open 24/7 for browsing, borrowing, research, and event registration.
With the library renovation getting underway in just a few months, we will gain a great deal of new technology in 2016. We look forward to sharing it with you. Happy New Year!