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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Saving a search in the Library catalog

  Without continual growth and progress,
such words as improvement, achievement,
and success have no meaning.
B.F.
Dear Circ,

Hey, it's me Irving, remember? Can we keep going? I'm thinking that improving my library skills should be added to my list of goals for 2018!

Tell me about saving searches...

Improving Irving


Hi Irv,

Glad you're back. Where were we? Ok, we were searching on "debt" and experimenting with filters. So we'll go back to the catalog and try searching on "debt" again. Now, under the search box, you should see "Search Results for debt". Directly to the right of debt, you should see "(Save Search)" in blue. All you have to do is click on Save Search. If you haven't logged in, you'll get the log in box.  That's our computer asking who you are.  Fill in the Log In box, either with your library card number and your PIN, or if you've got an EZ Login set up, use that information.

Now that our computer has recognized you, a box will pop up that will say "debt" with a Save button next to the box. "debt" is what the computer thinks you will want to name your search, but you can name the search anything you want.  Name it "debt 1" and click on the Save button.   Now let's add a filter again, add "Adult Non-fiction" (under Collection), name it "debt 2", and save the search.  Now remove that filter and add "Finance, Personal" (under Subject), call it "debt 3" and save the search.  Now add the Adult Non-fiction filter again, call it "debt 4" and save the search.

So all that work, and what do you have?  Look at the top right corner, and you should see "IRVING'S Account."  Click on "IRVING'S Account" and a box will come up with your account information.  In this case, you'll see "Saved Searches" highlighted and all four of your "debt" searches will be listed in order by name. Each search will list the query you started with (what you typed in the search box) and the filters you added.  There is also a column for how the search is sorted and the date the search was performed.  Now if it's 2 a.m., you can go to bed and know you've made some headway.  The searches will be there tomorrow.  Alternatively, you can rename a search something more creative than a number, or you can delete it entirely if you don't think it's helpful.  For example, debt 1 was a search just on "debt" and had lots of extra things that weren't really what you were after.  So go ahead and delete it.

Ok, so besides going to bed, what can you do?  Well, you can click on any of the names of the saved searches and that will take you back to the list of items for that search.  You can examine each item, and read a  summary.  If you think the item is going to help you with your goal, you can place a hold, or put an item on a list for future reading.  We'll talk more about lists in the future.  You can take a search and re-sort it by publication year, for example if you want only the latest and greatest ideas, or you can sort by author, if you know some authors have ideas that you want to read about.   Or you can continue to refine your searches, as you please.  It's a snap! And the best part - any time we add a new book, DVD or other items that matches your search, the new item automatically shows up on your saved search!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours. The person above is, among many other things, a famous author, sometimes called the grandfather of self-improvement. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about the author, go here.  For more information on his views on self-improvement, go here, here, and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Finding things in the Library Catalog

gelatin silver print
  Photo by Unidentified Artist
Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
Dear Circ,

On New Year's Eve I decided that in 2018 I want to: gain muscle, lose weight, spend less money, stop eating sugar, learn to play bridge, cut back on fat, plan for retirement, watch my cholesterol, be calmer, cut back on salt, start running, start jogging, start walking, eat more vegetables, learn to lift weights, start yoga, go gluten-free, learn to meditate, cut my carbs, go paleo, get out of debt, go organic, learn car maintenance, do my taxes early - not on April 14th, learn to cook, be more organized, laugh more, worry less, learn to crochet, learn to read faster, learn to speak Icelandic, learn to bake, fix my dripping faucet (it's driving me crazy!), be more efficient, be kinder, improve my career skills, spend quality time with my kids, learn to bowl, save money, travel to Greece, be more thoughtful, be less obsessive, work on my "people skills", spend more time with my mom (she's a lot like the dripping faucet!), communicate better, be more assertive, learn to set achievable goals, be less shy, participate in my community theater, sing with a choir, learn to play the tuba, put some romance back in my marriage, learn to scuba, budget better, plan better, learn about fine wine, learn to barbecue, plant a garden, make some new friends, improve my lawn, and just generally be better than I am....

It's now January 17th, and I haven't done a thing! Can you help?

Improving Irving


Dear Irv,

Boy, howdy, that's some list! Well, we can't do it for you, but maybe we can help in the information and inspiration department. After all, sometimes what's holding us back is not knowing how to get started. And that usually means doing some homework - a little research on the goal you've decided to tackle. So here are some ways to find what you're interested in. First, go to our catalog. On the last tab below the search box, you see a topic called "New Year ~ New Leaf!" Just click on that topic, and you'll see a selection of books provided by Adult Services that may help you tackle some of your goals.  We also have a display in the library right now, that you can browse in person.

The next thing you can do is search the catalog. In the search box, the box that says "type here to search", just type in your topic.  For example, type in "debt", click on "search" or hit enter on your keyboard, and see what happens.  Now, you have something to look at.  Try looking at the first item,   described as "Adult Fic." which is short for Adult Fiction. That might be fun to read, but maybe not what you want.  So now what do you do?

Well, now you have choices.  You can do a new search, for example, put "get out of debt" in the search box. Or you can play with the filters found on the left hand side of the results box.  The filters are the words with the arrowheads next to them.  For example, try clicking on "Collection", and then look over the choices that drop down.  Click on "ADULT NON-FICTION."  Notice that the original first item is gone now.  Your search now only contains Adult non-fiction items.  Feel like you're getting warmer?  Try another filter, click on "Subject" and this time, choose "Finance, Personal."  Yes, you can combine filters to get closer to what you want.

And here's one last search tip.  It's now 2 a.m., you're tired and you don't have time to examine the selections in your search to make your choices.  What to do, what to do?  Save your search!  More about that next time!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours. The person above is a famous author, sometimes known as the "father of self-improvement." His best selling book originally published in 1936, "How to Make Friends and Influence People" is still widely read today.  Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about this author, go here and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Thank you! For warm hands and warm hearts



Dear Patrons,

Thank you to everyone who took time from their busy holiday schedules to donate hats, mittens and scarves to help others have a warmer winter. This year the Library collected a total of 331 items which were donated to the Bloomingdale Township General Assistance Office (179 pairs of gloves & mittens; 128 hats; 20 scarves; 2 baby blankets; and 2 pair of socks).

We collect donations throughout the month of December, but bring the first installment of donations to the Township in time to be included with their holiday food basket distribution.

We at Circulation really enjoy being able to watch as the tree becomes full; it’s so wonderful to witness the generosity of our community!

Thank you!

Circulation Staff 

Dear Readers,

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Why do you have a tree decorated with hats and mittens?

Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Dear Circ,

I came in to the library the other day, and everything was decorated for the holidays. Very pretty! But I noticed that you have a tree right in front of Circulation that's decorated with mittens and hats. What's that about?

Mrs. M.A. Goose


Dear Mrs. Goose,

Given your name, we presume you're familiar with those three kittens who lost their mittens. Unfortunately, we have local kids without mittens as well, a pretty grim situation when the weather is turning colder and colder.

What you saw was the Library Mitten Tree. During the month of  December, the Roselle Library collects mittens, hats, gloves, scarves, cold weather gear for people who have none. We pack it all up and bring it to the Bloomingdale Township General Assistance office.  They distribute the donations to local people in need. While we're collecting, we decorate a tree with the contributions, so that all our patrons can celebrate this season of giving, and enjoy looking at the "decorations." If you'd like to contribute, come in between now and the New Year, and hang an orna-mitten on our tree! If you already have contributed, come in and enjoy the tree!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours.  She was a famous author and abolitionist. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about the author, go here, here, and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Your Library Card May Renew Automatically!

  Image courtesy of Houghton Library 
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Dear Circ,

I came in the other day and the person at the circulation desk told me my card is going to expire at the end of the month! I didn't know library cards expire... I don't want that to happen! What do I do??

Card Carrying Carrie


Dear Carrie,

Yes, library cards do expire. For those patrons who live within our district, we issue a card that is good for three years and the card expires on the last day of the quarter in which it was issued, that is the last day of March, June, September, or December, three years from it's issue.  For patrons who still live in our district with accounts in good standing, we will automatically renew your library card and send you a postcard notifying you of your new expiration date.  You don't have to do anything to continue utilizing all the great services and materials our library has to offer!

If your account has late fees over $5.00 on it, or possibly overdue items attached to it, just come in and take care those issues and we'll be happy to renew your library card! Bring in your photo I.D. or a current bill that shows that you still live in our district, and we'll renew your card for another 3 years.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. The person above was a famous author, journalist and feminist. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information, go here and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Let's Talk about Genius...

   Photograph by Orren Jack Turner,
Princeton, N.J.Modified with Photoshop
by PM_Poon and later by Dantadd.
Dear Circ,

I heard a neighbor say that you were discussing "genius" at the Library. I'm not a genius, but I'd love to learn  more about them - and maybe how to become a little smarter myself! What can you do for me?

Always Willing to Learn
~~~~~


Dear Al,

We are talking about genius this month and we have lots of programs, events and discussions going on. Come in and join us!

Throughout the month of October the libraries in Roselle, Bloomingdale and Itasca are "On the Same Page." We are all reading Eric Weiner's book, The Geography of Genius.

All three libraries are hosting programs and book discussions and you're welcome to attend any - or all of them. Download the "On the Same Page" brochure to make sure you don't miss any of them.

Circ
~~~~~


Dear Readers,
You probably know who this person is. He is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours, but you may hear his name come up a lot this month in our discussions of The Geography of Genius. After all, "his intellectual achievements and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with "genius." If you haven't guess who this is, place your mouse cursor on the photo to see his name. For more information, go here.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Library Cards for people who don't live in a Library District

Dear Circ,

I'm hearing all about Library Card Sign Up Month and I want to participate! Unfortunately, I don’t live in the Roselle Library District, in fact I don’t live in a library district at all!  I am shocked and dismayed at the thought of not being able to check out materials on a regular basis. Roselle is the most convenient library to my home. What can I do??

Calvin Countryboy

Dear Cal,

We understand the problem.  So our approach is to let you “buy” into the system.

If you own property, you can bring in your tax bill. We will look at the assessed value of your property, and figure the amount of tax you’d pay to the library if you actually did live in our district and charge you that amount.  This will be one annual payment, and you will receive library cards for the property owner, as well as everyone residing in household.

If you rent, you can bring in your lease, and we will charge you a percentage of your annual rent. Again, the payment is annual, and buys cards for everyone in the household.

Whether you are a renter or an owner, your cards will be valid for one year from the date of purchase. For exact financial details, call or visit the library card desk with either your tax bill, or your rental agreement in hand.

So, Cal, fire up the pick-me-up, take a trip to the "big city" and join up.  We’ll look forward to seeing you!

Circ

Dear Readers,  Are you wondering about the image above?  No, this person is not  "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library.  Nor is he a patron of ours, although if those papers were all questions, we'd be busy for a long time!   The person above is a famous author.  Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author.  For more information, go here.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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