Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Digital Television

Confused about the switch to DTV?

Visit the DTV Answers website for answers!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Catalog Maintenance Completed

The catalog is once again available.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Catalog Access on Friday, Oct. 26

While we are closed on Friday, we will be conducting some maintenance on our library catalog.

The catalog will be unavailable in the morning, and you will be unable to access your borrower account, renew items, search our catalog or place requests.

It should be back up & running by noon.

Printing is Working!

You may notice a few improvements on the print job release stations:
all print jobs are listed on a single screen, whether they are black & white or color.

You may select multiple print jobs, and send the batch to print all at once.

You may also sort the list of pending print jobs by computer number to easily find your print job in the list!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Wi-Fi Status

The library's wi-fi connection has been fixed.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Happy Birthday Google!

Nine years ago, our world changed!

Google

Happy birthday Google!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Are Here!

Research your family tree with these new tools!
Ancestry Library edition is available within the library to users with Internet access library cards (or a temporary internet card).

Heritage Quest is available within the library to users with Internet access library cards (or a temporary internet card). Our contract with Heritage Quest also allows us to make it available to Lansing, IL residents who have a valid Lansing, Illinois library card. Follow this link to use Heritage Quest from home.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Printing Unavailable

Printing is unavailable due to hardware issues. We anticipate printing being down through the end of the month.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Online Renewals Working

The problem has been fixed.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Online Renewal Not Available

We're working on the problem with online renewals.

Please renew by phone (or in person) until this is resolved.
(708) 474-2447.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

SWAN launches new catalog!

Metropolitan Library System debuted their new SWAN catalog interface today.

Try it!

If you find an item you'd like to request, please visit the Reference Desk.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

SWAN Maintenance

SWAN is down today (July 10) for maintenance.

MLS will make an announcement on their website when SWAN is available again.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Scheduled Maintenance on July 6

We are upgrading some equipment on Friday, July 6, 2007.

Our website will be unavailable from approximately 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Online renewals, access to borrower accounts, and remote access to some databases will be unavailable from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

We hope to have Internet access restored by approximately 9:30 a.m.
Patrons may call the Circulation Desk (708) 474-2447 to verify the maintenance has been completed.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Wine Blogs & Podcasts

Here's a collection of wine related blogs and podcasts!
Need to learn more about podcasts, or subscribing to blogs via RSS? Click through to learn all about it!

There are tons of wine related blogs and podcasts, here are a few:

Winecast

Grape Radio

Podcast: Wine for Newbies

Talking About Wine

Napa Valley Wine Radio

The Frugal Oenophile's podcast

and Winediva Daily Dish

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Summer Reading Lists

Several area schools shared copies of their summer reading lists and assignments.

You can find them on our website at http://www.lansing.lib.il.us/RA/Summer.htm

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Sign-Up for E-Mail Notices

You can sign up to receive hold and overdue notices in your email!

Help us save postage costs by signing up!

You can sign up using this form, or you can login to your borrower record, and add your email address to your account information.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail from the library after a staff member finishes updating your record.

Friday, June 01, 2007

New Computers!

We added two new computers for the public which have a CD/DVD drive, USB ports, and media ports for all sizes of removable digital camera memory cards! The new computers are located by the Adult Reference Desk.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Hands-On Computer Workshops

Sign up now for classes in May.

We're taking a break this summer, so these are your last chance until the fall!
Stop by the Adult Services Desk for class descriptions and to register!

$5 refundable deposit due at time of registration.
Limit 6 students per workshop.
Workshops with less than 3 people registered will be cancelled.

Mouse
May 11 @ 1 p.m.

Library Catalog
May 18 @ 1 p.m.
May 19 @ 1:30 p.m.

Internet Search Engines
May 12 @ 10 a.m.
May 25 @ 9:30 a.m.

Internet: Reliable Information on Trusted Websites
May 19 @ 10 a.m.
June 1 @ 9:30 a.m.

Microsoft Word: Getting Started
June 1 @ 1:00 p.m.

Writing Your Resume in Microsoft Word
May 12 @ 1:30 p.m.
May 18 @ 9:30 a.m.

Finding Your Next Great Read with NoveList
May 25 @ 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Hands-On Computer Workshops

The schedule for April & May hands-on computer workshops is available in the newsletter or on the upcoming events page.

Note that each topic is offered in a morning, afternoon or Saturday session.

Workshops with less than 3 people registered will be cancelled.

$5 refundable deposit required. Sign up at the Adult Services Desk.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wi-Fi Fixed

The problem with the Library's wi-fi has been resolved.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Prepare for Changing the Clocks March 11th

Due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, changes in Daylight Savings Time will go into effect in 2007. We'll change the clocks in March & November instead of April & October.

Microsoft has a hotfix you can download & install that will update your computer's settings so you can continue to use the 'automatically adjust for daylight savings time' option. New machines shipping with Vista will not need the hotfix.

Details and links for Windows XP Service Pack 2, and Windows servers can be located at Microsoft Knowledge Base KB928388

Detailed info for Win98, Win2000, and server versions are located at Microsoft's DST 2007 site.

Mobile device users will want to read KB923953 too.

Technical info on editing the registry, using scripts, and visual basic to adjust the time settings are in KB914387

Procrastinators take note: the clocks change March 11, 2007 @ 2 a.m.

[updated with a link to information for mac users. mac link]

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Printing

Printing is once again available.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Windows Vista?

You can research this hot topic using NewsBank. Lansing Library card required.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Windows Vista

TOPIC: Microsoft Corp. has just released its new software called Windows Vista. What does this software do? What has been the customer response?

SEARCH TERMS: Microsoft Corp. AND product introductions

We also have books on Microsoft Vista!


Thursday, February 01, 2007

More Computer Classes Added

Due to high demand, we've added a second session of:

Getting Started with Microsoft Word
Internet I : Search Engines
Yahoo E-Mail

If you're interested, come in and sign-up, spaces are going quickly!
$5 refundable deposit required.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Computers Working!

The power supply has been replaced, and the computers are up and running!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Computer Access Unavailable

Our computers for public use are down.

We are currently awaiting the arrival of a part (a new power supply for the server that powers all the public thin clients.)

We have been told to expect delivery sometime Wednesday.
If you need computer access, please call before coming out on Wednesday, and we'll let you know the current status!

In the meantime, you can access resources from home or work through our website, and library staff is happy to help you find the books you need!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

SWAN is available.

The problem has been resolved.

SWAN Connection Problems

SWAN is unavailable. Metropolitan Library System is working on the problem and will post an announcement on their website.

Lansing Library's catalog is NOT affected by the outage.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

NewsBank Special Report - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Connect to these great resources using NewsBank. Lansing Library card required.

NewsBank's Special Report People in the News - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is now available.

Use this site for information to support discussions on the accomplishments of Martin Luther King and the celebration of his birthday January 15.

People in the News - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contains both current and background articles covering
. Biographical information
. Accomplishments
. Legacy
. Important issues and events
. Civil rights movement
. Struggle for freedom

Articles have been included for their relevance to the topics and their various perspectives. This site is an excellent resource for tracing the history of Dr. King and learning about his contributions to the world.

Relevant images, maps and links to related web sites are also available. Suggested search terms to help locate additional information in your NewsBank products are listed to encourage further research. All articles are easily accessed and can be printed or e-mailed from within the site.

NewsBank has always been committed to providing libraries with the best coverage of important issues and events. The People in the News - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Report is accessible from the left side bar at infoweb.newsbank.com along with your NewsBank products.

Other currently featured Special Reports include
. The Year in Review - 2006
. Natural Disasters Around the World
. Iraq
. World Environment
. World Economics
. Women's History - Nancy Pelosi

Additional Reports may also be accessed from your product menu page.

Watch for NewsBank's Black History Month Special Report - Coming Soon.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Remembering Gerald Ford

Connect to these great resources using NewsBank. Lansing Library card required.

NewsBank's new Special Report: People in the News - Gerald Ford is now available.

This Special Report provides current and background research and biographical information on the life of the 38th President of the United States.

Included is coverage of Gerald Ford's
. early life
. political career
. path to becoming President
. actions while in this office
. life after the White House

Current news and commentaries are covered in this Report. Coverage of the four days of remembrance in his honor will also be included.

This Report contains articles, pictures and related maps. Suggested search terms to help locate additional information in your NewsBank products are listed to encourage further research. All articles are easily accessed and can be printed or e-mailed from within the site.

NewsBank has always been committed to providing libraries with the best coverage of important global issues and events.

These Special Reports are accessible from the left side bar at infoweb.newsbank.com along with your NewsBank products.