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Library Resources Available 24/7 with Your Library Anytime

   Thursday, April 12th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference
Library Anytime logo

To celebrate National Library Week, the library is launching "Your Library Anytime" - http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/anytime - to highlight all of the library services and resources that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Whether you're trying to finish your homework the night before it's due, sitting on a beach and want to download an ebook, riding the train to work and feel like reading a magazine, or missed last week's speaker on your favorite topic - the library can help, even after our doors are closed.

Your Library Anytime is divided up into general sections, with links to specific resources - both library tools and free online resources - which are all available 24/7. And we'll be adding more links as we grow, so we'd love to hear your feedback - let us know what you'd like the library to offer! Send your comments to Becky Herrmann, Library Director, bherrmann@mvlc.org - or better yet, go to http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/anytime and choose one of the other ways to connect with us, 24/7.

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Requesting an Item Online

   Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

requestbuttonAs a patron of the Chelmsford Library, you have access to the books, movies, magazines and other materials of the 36 member libraries of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium.

You can request items in Chelmsford and/or from other libraries, and these items will be sent to Chelmsford for you to pickup.

To request an item through our online catalog, first search for the title you're looking for. Then, on either the search results screen or the item details screen, you should see a "Request Item" button on the right side.

When you click that you'll be prompted to enter your library card number (no spaces) and your PIN. Your PIN should be the last four digits of the telephone number you gave us when you signed up for your library card.

If that doesn't work, please call us at 978-256-5521 x211 and we can reset your PIN.

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After you enter this information, you'll be shown your position in the request list (if it says you are 1, then there is no one waiting ahead of you for the same title), and you'll be able to choose the library in which you'd like to pick up the item. To submit the request, click the "Request" button.
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If there you encounter any trouble along the way, or have any questions, please let us know via email or call us at the Reference Desk at 978-256-5521 x211 for help.

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New Library Calendar

   Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Library events calendarWith the start of the new year, the Chelmsford Library is also launching a new events calendar!

The new calendar is easier to read, will have more events and activities on it, and offers new features for patrons. These include:

The new calendar also has a new web address: http://calendar.chelmsfordlibrary.org. Be sure to bookmark it, or subscribe to an RSS feed, to keep up to date with what is going on at the library.

Another feature of this calendar is that is allows library events to automatically show up on the Chelmsford Community Calendar, hosted by Chelmsford Telemedia. Bookmarking the Community Calendar lets you see what's going on around town.

Soon we'll also have an automatic way for groups to reserve rooms at the library. In the meantime, please refer to our website for meeting room reservations. If you have questions about the new calendar or booking a meeting room, please contact the Library's Administrative Office at 978-256-5521 x100 or nrager@mvlc.org.

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Read the Chelmsford Independent Online

   Saturday, September 29th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Independent mastheadIn addition to reading a print copy every Thursday, there are two other ways to access the Chelmsford's newspaper, the Chelmsford Independent.

Chelmsford Independent's Website
The Chelmsford Independent is online at http://www.townonline.com/chelmsford/. All the sections of the printed paper are available, plus extras such as blogs, current weather, email alerts, and a keyword search. Top stories are also available via rss (click for feedR.S.S. icon).

Chelmsford Independent Database
The Chelmsford Library subscribes to an online database archive of the Chelmsford Independent. This database is available through the Library's Reference website, and covers from 12/2005 to present. This database can be searched by keyword or browsed by date, and is available from within the Library, your home computer, or any other computer with internet access.

For older issues, the Library has a microfilm archive of the Chelmsford Independent from 1986 to present. We also have the Chelmsford Newsweekly, from 1940-1993. The microfilm is located on the lower level of the library, near the Reference Desk.

For more information, or help with their website, please contact the Chelmsford Independent. For assistance using any of these resources, please contact the Library's Reference Desk.

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Do you Twitter?

   Wednesday, August 8th, 2007 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Twitter logoThere are a lot of web tools that help people keep in touch. But Twitter is one for those people who absolutely, positively need to stay in touch.

Twitter is an instant messenger service, which has become popular because it allows people to easy post short message directly to a web page. You can send posts, in the form of a text message, from your from the Twitter website, an IM program, your cell phone, or other mobile device.

Since the messages must be short (at most, 140 characters), people tend to share everything from the mundane and trivial ("I just ordered a ham sandwich for lunch") to the informative ("My flight just got delayed - now we're scheduled to take off at 9:45am" ) to the poetic ("Highway driving means/speeding down an open road/but never swerving").

Messages posted by a twitter user can be read on the twitter website. Or, if you subscribe to a person's feed (say, a friend of yours), messages can be delivered to your RSS reader, cell phone, or other mobile device.

If you'd like to learn more about twitter, WebJunction has created a Beginner's Guide to get you started. Or, you can sign up for a twitter account and give it a try.

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