Bookmobile hosts training in Fairview
David L. Olsen
FAIRVIEW—The Sanpete County Bookmobile hosted two librarians from the Utah State Library visiting to work in cooperation on a lesson to educate locals on how to access the state’s online library system.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, the team provided training for patrons on how to utilize the Utah State Library’s online system. The online system provides patrons with two services that give access to 35,000 titles on computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Britton Lund and Darci Card from the Utah State Library presented the training program, assisted by Sanpete County Bookmobile Librarian Jim Erickson and his assistants, Anna Franks and Janice Taylor.
The team of librarians said that to use the online system, a patron needs to have a current library card, obtained from the library or bookmobile, to log onto onlinelibrary.utah.gov.
The first online library service the team trained in was OverDrive, which provides eBooks, audio books, magazines and streaming videos.
The free OverDrive app, available for Android, Chromebook, iOS, Kindle Fire tablets, Kobo tablets, NOOK tablets and Windows Phone, is available for Windows and Macs both.
The second service you can access from onlinelibrary.utah.gov is OneClickdigital, which is for audio books.
Not all publishers will work with OverDrive or OneClickdigital, however, some only release eBooks, others only audio books.
According to Darci, Covenant House Publishing does not currently work with either system and Desert Publishing has only released a small portion of their catalog.
Patrons can have up to 10 items checked out at a time, plus put five items on hold and a wish list for future checkouts.
In addition to the usual searching by title or author name, you can search by genre, Utah authors and the name of the person reading the book (for audio books). While playing an audio book, you can vary the speed of the playback.
There are numerous online instructions available, plus bookmobile library assistance, or you can contact the state librarians via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
According to Britton, the request for eBooks is growing rapidly, and the demand for audio books is ‘exploding.’