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In the past, the library has accepted donations from local authors to help get their work read, and highlighted these works in our "Local Author" section. However, sometimes books by well-known local authors have ended up in the regular collection, so we're rewriting our policy to help showcase the breadth of Chelmsford talent.
We've renamed our "Local Author" section to be "Chelmsford Authors," and will include in the section a copy of books written by authors with a connection to Chelmsford. This could be that they live or work here, were born here, graduated from Chelmsford schools, or other strong connection. We're limiting the books in this section to just authors with a Chelmsford connection, because the prevalence of online print-on-demand services make it so easy for anyone to publish a book. We'll still accept donations from non-Chelmsford authors, and those titles will be incorporated into our regular collection. Read our full policy here.
Items in the "Chelmsford Authors" section will get a special spine label so they're easily identified, will be shelved together in the "Chelmsford Authors" section (in the New Book Room), and will get a special note in their catalog record.
If you have any questions about the Chelmsford Authors Collection, check with the Readers Advisory desk at 978-256-5521 x134 or email Christine Sharbrough at email@example.com. If you are a Chelmsford Author and would like to have your work added to our collection, or be involved with our annual Local Authors showcase, contact Kathy Cryan-Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-256-5521 x109.Posted in Books | No Comments »
Our Evergreen catalog underwent a software update this weekend. Most of the changes were fixes to staff functionality, but one change that should benefit patrons is a new mobile-friendly design.
The new catalog is implements "responsive design" coding. This means that the website "responds" to the size of the screen on which it is being viewed. For instance, if you're browsing our catalog on a big desktop computer monitor, it should look just like it used to.
However, if you're using your mobile phone to browse the catalog, it will detect you're using a device with a small screen, and change the layout to fit better. A mobile device version of the catalog will look like this:
You can try it for yourself, even without a mobile device. Just visit our catalog and then slowly shrink the size of your web browser window. You'll see the catalog reconfigure itself to fit different size screens.
All of the functionality of the full catalog should still be available in the different sizes, although buttons and information may be in different places. If you have any questions about the catalog, please contact the Reference Desk.Posted in Library Information | No Comments »
Sunday hours at the main library begin this weekend, October 20, 2013, and continue until the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend, May 18, 2014. Sunday hours will be 1:00 - 5:00 PM, and all regular library services and resources will be available during Sunday hours.
And this Sunday, October 20th, the Merrimack Valley Artisans will present "How Artists Create" - MVA members will demonstrate their art making process from 1:00 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. in the McCarthy Meeting Room.
Let us know what you think about Sunday Hours, so we can best allocate the library's budget to serve Chelmsford patrons.
If you're out and about on Sunday, stop in!Posted in Current News, Library Information | No Comments »
Curious about genealogy? Are you an expert? Did you start researching your family's history and could use some help continuing? Join volunteers from the Chelmsford Genealogy Group for Chelmsford 3rd Annual Genealogy Discover Day!
Saturday, October 26
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
All are welcome to this free event
Members of the Chelmsford Genealogy Group will be available for assistance with your research, provide insight into the best resources, and demonstrate the tools they've found useful. Bring what you know...Come see your family tree grow!
Join the fun at the Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824. Hosted by Chelmsford Genealogy Club, with generous support from Chelmsford Friends of the Library and the Chelmsford Public Library. For more information, contact Judy at email@example.com.Posted in Events, Friends of the Library | No Comments »
The library just signed up with the Zinio online magazine collection - it allows patrons to read magazines online or on their mobile devices, just like holding the printed magazine in your hands:
Best of all, there is no waiting! If you see something you'd like to read, you can check it out and you'll keep it until you delete it from your account. The Chelmsford Library's Zinio magazine collection is starting with 40+ titles - and when you "subscribe" to one of these titles, new issues will automatically be delivered to your account.
Since this is a digital version, many magazines have enhanced content, also - embedded video clips, audio, or links to additional online resources. You are also able to download magazines to read while not connected to the internet.
Using Zinio requires two different accounts (which can be confusing at first). One account authenticates you as a Chelmsford patron, and is used for checking out magazines. The second account is your Zinio account, which is used for reading. One nice benefit of separate accounts is that if you get Zinio magazines from other sources (for instance, the Boston Public Library's Zinio catalog or if you buy magazines directly from Zinio), everything will appear together in your one Zinio account. When you first create your accounts, Zinio recommends using the same email/password combination when setting up your accounts.
If you have any questions about using Zinio on a computer or your mobile device, please contact the Reference Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-256-5521 x211.Posted in Books | No Comments »
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