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Secrets of the Library
At a recent conference, I was amazed to find out how many people are totally baffled and confused about how to
use the library. I was told that people feel that there’s some sort of “secret handshake” you have to know in order
find anything. Well, as George and Ira might say, it ain’t necessarily so. You don’t have to have a special degree
and there’s no secret handshake you need to know in order to get the most out of this, or any other library. The
goal of this handout is to initiate you into some of those “secrets.”
A Quick Guide to Using Our Catalog
How do you find a book? Or a CD or a movie, for that matter? How do you find books on Canada, or who wrote the
No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series of books? If we don’t own the item you’re looking for, how do you find out
if another library in the system has it? Can you have us get the item for you from that other library? How do you
check to see what books you currently have out?
For the answer to these, and other questions, read this quick guide to using Polaris, our online catalog.
Placing Better Holds
Our Polaris online catalog allows you to not only find the materials you’re looking for, but to place holds on them
from the comfort of your own home…or wherever you’re online from. However, there are a few tricks to making
sure that you’ve placed a hold in such a way that you have the best chance of getting your hands on that book,
CD, or DVD within a reasonable amount of time. The goal of this handout is to teach you those tricks.
Getting the Most Out of Your iPad
Introduced in 2006, Apple’s iPad has become the fastest selling tablet computer of all time, making owners out of people who had previously never seen a need for such a device. In fact, I’m one of those people. I figured that since I already had a MacBook Pro and an iPod Touch, I didn’t need one more thing to schlep around with me. But when I saw some of the things it could do, I changed my mind fast. I’d like to share some of those things with you.
Converting Files with Zamzar
It happens to all of us. Someone sends us a file that's written in Microsoft Works and all we have is Word. Or you created a presentation on your Mac at home, using Keynote, but the computer you're working on now only has PowerPoint. Zamzar may be the solution to the problem.