Introducing OverDrive History

While browsing through the large number of titles in the library’s OverDrive digital media collection, have you ever wondered if you have already borrowed a specific title? A new feature called History can help.

The History feature automatically keeps track of titles that you have borrowed via OverDrive. While the feature is still new, you may get a popup when you login to OverDrive:

Accessing History

You can access your History by clicking on the History link in the above popup. There are also several other ways you can access your account and history. You can access your account by clicking the bookshelf iconand choosing History from the menu on the left. It can also be accessed by clicking My account and then History. Titles are automatically added when you borrow them, as of October 4, 2017. Each title on your History page is marked with the date of the loan or the date you added it (more on that below). If you borrow a title more than once, it will appear in your history multiple times.

Adding Titles Manually

You can manually add a title from search results or its details page without borrowing it. This can be done by clicking the three dots next to the title on the search results page and then clicking Add to History.

 

Or by clicking Add to History on the title’s details page.

If you have rated titles in the past, clicking the Add Rated Titles button will add all rated titles to your history.

Removing Titles

To remove a title, go to your History page, select more icon, which is located next to date loaned or added, and then choose Remove from history. If you remove a title that’s listed more than once, all instances of that title are removed from your history.

Hiding History

If you don’t want to see your history, click on the bookshelf icon and then select Settings. Under the General heading, deselect History.


Once you deselect the history option, you’ll get a popup confirming your choice.

Select Hide if you wish to proceed. Titles you borrow won’t be added to your history while it’s hidden. If you turn on the feature in the future, you’ll only see titles borrowed from that day forward.

Have you checked out the new History feature? Let us know in the comments.

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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!

New Event Calendar Is Live!

We’ve been working hard to configure a new calendar and room reservation software, and we’re really excited about it!  The new calendar went live today.  Here is a screen shot of the home page, which can be reached by going to http://events.eglibrary.org:

Navigation

Menu Bar

  • Home brings you back to the home page of our website, as does clicking our logo
  • Events calendar brings you to the view you see above.
  • Reserve a room leads to our online meeting room reservation system.  This can be used by patrons who want to request the use of one of our meeting rooms for their group.
  • Newsletter takes you to a page we have set up for viewing the current newsletter, subscribing to email news, linking to age-specific calendars, and subscribing to events using RSS.

Filters

On the left side of the page, you will see a number of options to limit the visible events.  You can select as many filters as you like, but note that a very limited search may return no results.  After selecting filters, click “apply” to see the abridged view.

  • Keyword allows you to search for any word in the event title or description.  Keep in mind that events not sponsored by the library cannot be viewed on the calendar.
  • Age limits to any age group you check.  If you are only interested in events for children, check the children box and click “apply.”
  • Program Type indicates the subject of the program.  If you would like to see all of the computer classes at the library, choose the “computers and technology” program type.  If you only want to see adult computer classes, make sure you also check “adult” in the age filter.
  • Room see all of the events in a particular room.

Upcoming and Month Views

Using the green buttons at the top of the page, you can switch between the monthly calendar view and the upcoming view.  Upcoming shows events in card format, starting with today’s events.

In the monthly view, you can skip ahead several months by clicking on the month name and using the date picker to advance to any month:

How Do I Register for an Event?

Click to see written instructions, instead.  Please note that if you do not provide an email address in your registration, you will not receive event reminders or be notified of event cancellations or wait list promotion.

How Do I Request a Room?

See page 2 of the written instructions if you’d prefer that over video.

What if I Registered/Reserved Using the Old Calendar?

Rest assured, our staff has been hard at work making sure all future events, registrations, and meeting room reservations are being transferred.  Please let us know if anything went awry in that process.

I Still Have Questions or Comments

Let us know in the comments below or call the library at 518-477-7476.  We look forward to your feedback!

New Events Calendar – Coming Soon!

On June 1st, the library will launch its new events calendar/room reservation system!  We’ve been working hard to find and configure a new calendar for our users that has all of the latest features.

Because switching calendars can be tricky, we decided to coordinate the launch with the beginning of the summer newsletter cycle.  Our newsletter came out earlier than usual because of the upcoming holiday, so some of you may be confused by the fact that many of the events we advertised do not appear on our calendar.  Fear not!  You will be able to register for events as soon as the new calendar goes live.  For those of you signing up for events that are available on our current calendar, our staff members will move your registration to the new calendar on launch day.

Stay tuned – we will be posting instructional videos and documents for using the new system the day before we launch.

Tips for Using the New Libby App from OverDrive

In case you missed it, OverDrive has released a more user-friendly app named Libby that can be used to consume the library’s downloadable e-books and audiobooks.  Recently, the folks at the OverDrive blog composed a handy tip sheet for getting the most out of Libby.  We hope you find these tips as useful as we did!  Do you have your own tips to share?  Let us know in the comments!