Archive for March, 2010

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Library Conferences – Tech Trends – eBooks

March 30, 2010

Last week the PLA (Public Library Association) met in Portland, Oregon and although library staff couldn’t be there in person, we did participate in an online version of the conference on Thursday and Friday. There were many interesting topics – author talks, working with teens, technology, marketing and security.

I went to two of the sessions – Tech Trends and marketing your library through your web site. Both were interesting although during the tech trends session we had technical difficulties – go figure!

The most interesting thing I heard was talk about eBooks and eReaders. Did you know that eBooks have been around since 1971 – that is when Project Gutenberg started. The first eBook reader didn’t appear until 1998.

I get a lot of questions from our customers about being able to transfer eBooks to their personal eBook Readers and this session confirmed what I already knew and that is there are 15 different formats of eBooks – yes I said 15 different formats. You might be able to see why libraries are having a difficult time determining when and if to make a commitment to a specific format.  It’s like Beta vs. VHS vs. laserdisc, vs. DVD vs. BlueRay vs. whatever comes next – Yikes!

Please do not despair, however, there is always a shakedown when new technologies appear and when we have a clear winner in the eBook format arena I’m sure your public library will be jumping in to make sure you get the content you want and need in the format that works for you.

Jill Wagy
Library Webmaster

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Southwest Regional Library – New Photos

March 22, 2010

Southwest is really starting to looking good – check out the latest pictures showing carpet, beautiful painted walls and wood trim. Select Southwest page to the right of this post.

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New Pictures from South Regional

March 10, 2010

I’ve just added 20 new pictures of South Regional. Select the South Regional Page link to the right of this post. — Jill Wagy

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Spring is in the air @ Durham County Library

March 8, 2010



Tired of the prolonged winter weather this year?  If so, you’ll be happy to know that spring came early at North Regional Library.

Come in and check out the numerous displays of adult, children’s and teen library materials ripe for the picking.  Some of your choices include books and DVDs on gardening, March madness, kites, St. Patrick’s Day and other springtime holidays and information on good eats for National Nutrition Month (also celebrated in March).  Selections also abound at the base of the ever-changing library tree– currently seasonally decorated with gardening gloves and seed packets.

While you’re here, pick out several colorful choices from our new children’s wooden puzzle collection for borrowing.  Select or place a hold on one of the DVDs in competition for this year’s Oscar or go with a previous year’s winner.  Let us help you find a musical CD that will sound great while you’re driving around town with the sunroof down or an audio book for those upcoming treks to the beach.

Also make sure to pick up a copy of Durham County Library’s Branching Out publication listing the ongoing and special programs happening in March, April, and May 2010 at various county Library locations.

Put some spring in your step.  Discover your community’s library…where it’s always a comfortable 72 degrees inside no matter what’s happening outside.

–Susan Wright, Manager,  North Regional Library