Happy New Year! and some Mobile Device Fun

Welcome 2013!

Fun Fact to Know and Tell:

Did you know that the Month of January was named for the Roman god Janus? In fact, many of the months are named after Roman gods and Ceasars. For more information on this, see the Infoplease almanac at: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0002067.html.

Library Catalog Tip:

You may have notice last month that funny looking little black squares began appearing next to your search results in our catalog. QR CodeThese funny little boxes are called QR codes (Quick Response) code and are 2 dimensional barcode.  These barcodes carry specific information that can be decoded by QR code reader app for personal mobile devices (e.g. smartphones, tablets, etc.). If your device doesn’t have a QR code scanner there are many free app’s available, and many useful reviews to help you decide which app is best.

The QR codes in our library catalog next to individual books will give users the necessary information to find the books on our shelves. So if you received a new tablet, smartphone or iPod/mp3 player with a camera, go ahead and try out this feature and let us know what you think.

EBSCOhost Mobile

Did you know, that many of MARVEL’s EBSCO databases are mobile device compatible? If you haven’t tried these databases on a tablet yet, be sure to visit: http://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/authmaine.asp?db=ehm

Remember, if you are using a non-school internet connection to access MARVEL you may need to register and login to access these databases.

Stay Tuned Next Week: New Library Puzzler and a look at Creative Commons


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