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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.
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.
Installing 3M Cloud App on a Kindle Fire
“Wait a minute…if the 3M Cloud Library app is available for Android, and the Kindle Fire is an Android device, then there must be a way to install it on a Kindle Fire!”
You got it, but it’s not for the faint of heart. However, if this is something you really want to do, I’m going to give you the instructions, courtesy of the Wyoming State Library. They are current as of October 18, 2012.
Another method, using the SlideMe.org website, is described in these instructions.