Got Sony Reader Wi-Fi?

Sony Reader Wi-Fi

Last week, I posted about how to download the library’s OverDrive titles directly to your Kindle.  This week, another e-reader with direct download capability emerged.  The newest in Sony’s e-reader line, officially named Sony Reader Wi-Fi, also allows you to checkout and download library e-books without a computer in the middle of the process.  OverDrive has created an instructional video to teach Sony Reader Wi-Fi users this new download method.

Happy downloading!

Got Kindle?

OverDrive for Kindle

You asked for it, and now it’s here!  Our OverDrive downloadable e-books are now available for Kindle devices and apps.

To download an e-book to your Kindle, visit our Digital Collection.  Search for a book you would like to download.  If it has this icon:        add that version to your digital bookbag and download.  Downloading will prompt you to login to your Amazon account.  From there, you can send the title to your Kindle device or app.  For detailed instructions, please see our website.

Search Individual Sites Using Google

SearchHave you ever tried to search an enormous site that either didn’t have a site search or the site search wasn’t worth using?  Thankfully, Google can rescue us from that quagmire!

While searching for information on the NYS Department of Health site (I don’t mean to pick on them, but this is a true example), I couldn’t seem to find what I needed after about 10 minutes of searching.  So, I went to Google and typed the following:

health.state.ny.us:spanish language materials

The “health.state.ny.us” portion is the address of the website I was searching.  The colon in the middle (without spaces on either side) tells Google where the site name ends and the actual keywords begin.  This simple tweak in my search magically brought up a manageable list of relevant results!

I hope this helps next time you stumble across an unwieldy website that you know has information you need.  Until next time…

VuFind Enhanced Catalog Search

In July, the Upper Hudson Library System replaced their former enhanced catalog search engine with the open source VuFind search.  Developed by librarians for library catalogs, this tool is constantly being developed and improved in the hopes of providing you, the library user, with an accurate, intuitive, and easily refined search experience.  If you haven’t tried it yet, head over to the enhanced search page and give it a whirl!

A note to mobile device users – http://vufind.uhls.org/vufind/ will detect mobile devices and send them to a mobile-friendly interface.  This area is still under construction, so you may want to click the link on the mobile site to view the full page until it is up and running.

Want to let us know what you think of the new search?  Please send us an email with your comments.

OverDrive App Update

OverDrive LogoIf you use the OverDrive App to download library content to your Apple, Android, Blackberry, or Windows (phone) device, you may be interested in downloading the latest update.  The app now has the capacity to remember your user ID for 90 days, so you won’t need to keep typing it in.  Just check the “Remember me on this device” box next time you check out an item and you’re set!  If your library requires a PIN in addition to the user ID, this will need entered at each login.