Tech-Talk – A Digital Library Resource

Tech-Talk is a weekly, technology-focused e-newsletter for professional development for non-techies.  It introduces fresh ideas … ways to use technology … to work more productively and communicate very effectively.  With a focus on productivity software from Microsoft Office and interpersonal communications, Tech-Talk doesn’t just tell people how to do things, it tells them why … and shows them new ways to make technology work for them.

Tech-Talk arms you with the missing technology (and communications) skills you need to get good grades, better jobs and higher pay. It is digital learning with easy-to-read articles, videos, and other fun stuff with the tips and tricks you need to be competitive in today’s hi-tech world. Some of the topics covered in Tech-Talk include:

There are three ways to access Tech-Talk. The database, the app, and the newsletter. You can access the information in the database and app at any time. Newsletters arrive with a new tip weekly.

The Database and App

The Tech Talk database can be accessed in a browser: https://www.tech-talk.com or using a mobile app (Apple and Android). To get the app, go to https://www.tech-talk.com/get-app.

Select “Member Login” and enter free-learning as both the user name and the password. This password can be saved.

Articles

To search or browse the database, click on “articles” in the menu. You can then search by keyword or topic, enter a problem to solve, or ask a new question if you haven’t found an article to meet your need. You can scroll down to browse articles in date order (newest first).

Learning Activities

In addition to articles, Tech Talk has tool kits, scavenger hunts for training, one-sheet reference guides, targeted problem-solving, webinars, CE certificates, and so much more. To see an index of all of them, click “Learning Activities” in the menu. Alternatively, hover over it and see a categorized sub-menu.

Search

The search page has the same search options we saw on the articles page, and it also includes titles of the latest 10 articles in each of 21 different categories for quick browsing.

The Newsletter

You can opt-in to the e-newsletter to receive a short weekly email with a productivity tip and a communication tip. Videos and text are both provided. To sign up for the newsletter, go to https://www.tech-talk.com/free-learning-newsletter and fill in the short form. Be sure to mention us as the “sponsor institution.”

Got Questions?

Need help finding or using the database? Installing the app? Subscribing to the newsletter? Ask us in the comments, call the library at 518-477-7476, or email us at eglibraryinfo@eglibrary.org.

Libby 101: Video Demonstrations of How to Use the Libby App (Part 2)

Our previous post showed how to login with Libby for the first time, as well as how to check out an item with Libby. Today, we’ll look at how to explore the library collection, how to place a hold, and a guide to navigating through the shelf feature.

The video below demonstrates how to explore what titles the library has to offer, and how to place a hold on an item that is not currently available.

The second video demonstrates how to use the Shelf feature to see what loans you currently have checked out, as well as how to check out a hold that is ready for pickup, and how to check the status of holds that you have already placed.

If you are interested in a more complete how-to guide about Libby, please check out our full how-to post. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section.

Libby 101: Video Demonstrations of How to Use the Libby App (Part 1)

There are many ebooks and audiobooks available for free through the library. This digital content can be accessed through an e-reader, such as a Kindle or Nook, or through an app called Libby, which is available on all Apple and Android devices. Libby is made by Overdrive, which you may have heard of if you have downloaded digital content before. Currently, there is no Libby app for Kindle Fire devices.

Below are some videos to guide you through the process of using Libby and its features.

To get started, download Libby from either the App Store on Apple devices, such as an iPhone or iPad or the Google Play Store on Android devices.

A video demonstration of opening the Libby app for the first time

Here is a video demonstration of opening the Libby app for the first time and using your library card to login. If you do not have a library card yet, you can sign up for one online.

Once you have downloaded and signed in, you’re ready to search for materials! There is a video demonstration below that shows how to check out an item. The video also shows how to change reading settings.

Stay tuned for more Libby tutorials, including exploring and browsing, how to place a hold, and a guide to the shelf feature.

If you are interested in a more complete how-to guide about Libby, please check out our full how-to post. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section.


See What All the Hoopla Is About

There is a new streaming service coming December 2, 2019 to the East Greenbush Library! Hoopla Digital is a one-stop-shop for all things digital entertainment.

Hoopla Digital is a service that has access to over 700,000 titles in various formats:

-Movies
-Television
-Music
-e-books (including novels, graphic novels and non-fiction)
-Audiobooks

Hoopla Digital is free to any East Greenbush or Schodack resident. If you are a resident of East Greenbush or Schodack and your card is denied, please come to the circulation desk at the library with proof of your current residence.

Hoopla differs from OverDrive because there are no holds or waiting lists. If you are browsing and see an e-book or movie that you want to check out, you can check it out right then and there without having to wait.

You are allowed five checkouts per month. This includes all types of media. The loan period starts from the moment the title is borrowed. Titles will be automatically returned at the end of the loan period and there are no late fees. Additionally, you are able to re-borrow the same title once the lending period has ended. Here are the lending periods for various media types:

e-books/Comics/Graphic Novels – 21 days
Movies/Television – 72 hours (some content 48 hours)
Music – 7 days
Audiobooks – 21 days

This sounds great, you may be saying to yourself, how do I sign up? Well, it’s easy! Starting December 2, 2019, head over to Hoopla’s website or download the app to your device, and create a free account. All you need to sign up is an email address and your library card number.

Once your account has been created, you’re ready to start streaming and/or downloading content. You can view Hoopla content on a computer, your smartphone, and various other streaming devices such as: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Android and Amazon Alexa (smart speaker).

Helpful Tips:

If you check out an e-book, the book must be read within the Hoopla app.

If you are unable to borrow materials and you have not reached your monthly five item limit, please contact the library.

If you have any questions, you can contact Hoopla staff directly via email through the app and they will respond within 24 hours.

Pay Library Fines Online

A new feature has been added to the Upper Hudson Library System’s online catalog. Patrons now have the ability to pay for their library fines online with a credit card or PayPal account.

To begin, head over to the UHLS Online Catalog, Encore. There is also a link for “My Account” on the East Greenbush Community Library’s website under the Explore heading.

Once you have logged in with your library card number and PIN, click on the Fines/Fees link on the left. If you have fines, you will see the fine total in parenthesis next to Fines/Fees.

To continue, click on Fines/Fees. Please note that you need to have a minimum balance of $1.01 to pay your fines online.

Here you will see a display listing the details about each fine. Click on the gray Pay Online button to continue.


You can select which fines you would like to pay. By default, all fines are currently selected. Uncheck any fines you would like to pay later. Once you have selected the fines you would like to pay online, click continue. Clicking cancel will take you back to the previous screen.

From here you can enter your payment information. In the top right corner, there is an order summary that displays your the total you will be paying today. There are two ways to pay. If you click Pay with PayPal, you can login with your PayPal account and follow the steps from there. The second option is to enter your credit card information and billing address and click the Pay Now button. Once your payment has processed, you will get a confirmation message that your payment has gone through.

If you have any questions, please contact the library. Have you tried out the new pay online feature? Let us know in the comments!