KDL Blog ‘Research & Computer Tips’ Category

Crowdfunding Expert to Motivate Local Innovators

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Calling all creative types with a dream to spearhead! Crowdfunding and Kickstarter expert Richard A. Bliss will take center stage at the Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library to share industry tips on the dos and don’ts of marketing and funding creative projects. Good Richard A Bliss

KDL is proud to present this 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, with extensive experience in content marketing, social media coaching and game publishing, to our local aspiring creatives. Game developers, designers, artists, musicians, film directors, writers, anyone in the creative field, is invited to attend the session.

In partnership with the 2015 GrandCon Gaming & Comic Arts Convention, Bliss will present the fundamentals of building a crowd and launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter boasts nearly 90,000 successfully funded projects with over $1 billion in pledges since its launch in 2009. Kickstarter is notably known for surpassing the money necessary to create the fan favorite Veronica Mars movie in just ten hours.

Join the informational session on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM at the Cascade Township Branch, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE Grand Rapids 49546. Pre-registration is not required.


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Take a Sneak Peek at KDL’s New Catalog!

Monday, August 17th, 2015

With one month until our September 17 launch of the new, exclusive KDL catalog, we thought a status update and a sneak peek may be in order. As you can see from this photo taken in KDL’s learning lab, we’ve been very busy training our staff on the new setup. TrainingLab_Photo1-smaller

We apologize for the temporary inability to access interlibrary loan services while we migrate to our new system. By October 1, KDL cardholders can use MeLCat, the statewide resource sharing system, to request items KDL does not own. There will be a direct link to MeLCat from the KDL catalog and it is an easy electronic process to request books. By going directly to MeLCat from the KDL catalog, we will offer our customers access to much larger library collections around the state. Over 400 of Michigan’s public, school, college and university libraries participate in MeLCat, including 39 of the 41 Lakeland Library Cooperative member libraries.

The new catalog will be a significant improvement for KDL cardholders; offering a better search experience, easier access our digital collection and more customer-friendly policies, like increased allowable holds and the ability to avoid overdue fines by renewing material (that does not have holds) up to three times.

Change can be a struggle, but we think within a short time, you will come to love the enhanced features of the new catalog, while still enjoying the ability to interlibrary loan material. Please bear with us through this process as we work on increasing and improving our services to you. For more information on the new KDL catalog, please see our previous blog post and read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new KDL catalog …

Results for Title Search for “girl on the train”

Here’s a quick look at a fictional, demonstration patron’s Holds when logged into her account…

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

Sample display of customer holds in the new KDL catalog

And here’s how Digital Checkouts will display for this demonstration library patron…

A library patron account will show both "Digital Checkouts" and "Library Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Digital Checkouts” and “Library Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

Here’s how “Library Checkouts” will display…

A library patron account will show both "Library Checkouts" and "Digital Checkouts" in the new KDL catalog

A library patron account will show both “Library Checkouts” and “Digital Checkouts” in the new KDL catalog

We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of KDL catalog! Stay tuned for more information on our September 17 launch!


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KDL to Launch Exclusive New Catalog

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

On Thursday, September 17, Kent District Library will launch an exclusive new KDL catalog. The new catalog allows KDL to offer better customer service, such as integrated access to the library’s significant digital collection, an improved searching experience, and more user-friendly policies, including increasing the number of holds allowed on physical items from 15 to 25 and allowing customers to renew material up to three times if there are no holds.

“For the library to make the significant service improvements our customers want and that the library promised to them during the 2014 millage campaign, KDL needs to offer an improved catalog experience,” says Lance Werner, KDL Executive Director.

KDL will continue to be a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative but will no longer participate in the shared catalog. Only KDL-owned material will appear in the new KDL catalog and KDL material will no longer be displayed in the LLC catalog. By exclusively managing our catalog, KDL can offer improved service to LLC and GRPL member library cardholders, who may use the KDL catalog to select a KDL branch as their “home” library and place up to 15 holds on physical items.

As we prepare for our new catalog, there will be some temporary service disruptions. Specific information, including important dates and a list of Frequently Asked Questions is available on the KDL website here. After reading our FAQ, please pose any questions you may have as a response to this blog, or call us at 616-784-2007.

 

 


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New Grand Rapids Press Historical Archives Database Available to Patrons

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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History buffs, get ready to time travel! Kent District Library is now offering you a chance to go back in Michigan’s past with access to the Grand Rapids Press Historical Archives. Newspaper issues from 1893 to 1922 are accessible on your computer as a PDF. The database allows you to search by date or by keyword throughout the available collection.

Did you know that in 1905, a fur coat in Grand Rapids cost anywhere from $13-30.00, a husband had his wife sent to jail simply by claiming she was “insane,” and the temperature in Baldwin in February dropped to 30 degrees below zero? These papers give us a portal into the past and an opportunity to trace the tensions rising between European countries leading into World War I, the grand discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, as well as covering stories from our own backyards.

Remote access to the collection from home is available with a KDL library card, but anyone can access the database from within our 18 branches (no library card required.)


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KDL on WGVU Radio — New Resources

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

lynda_logo3r-d_144xEach month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Collection Development Librarian Tammy Schneider talk about new resources at KDL, including lynda.com and Beanstack. Tammy also recommends the book Noggin by John Corey Whaley.

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Enjoy!

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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

ComputerWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Starting in June, registration is no longer required for our computer classes. They will be first come, first serve, and we will make every effort to accommodate all who arrive.

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: PC Management
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Job Seekers: Office Programs for the Job Seeker
  • Apple Computers – Your MacBook: Shortcuts, tips and Tricks (BYO Laptop)
  • Apple Computers: iPhoto and iMovie for Beginners (BYO Apple Laptop)
  • Speak to a Geek

For class descriptions and schedule, please see pages 18-21 in our Summer Kaleidoscope or search our events calendar.


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Spring 2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our May classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Using It and Loving It!
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Computer Basics: Windows 8 — Where’s My Stuff?
    (B.Y.O. Laptop)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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Free Access to lynda.com

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

lynda_logo3r-d_144xKDL patrons now have access to lynda.com, which offers high quality online video tutorials on a huge range of topics! These are available on demand, so you can access them at any time.

Enjoy unlimited access to lynda.com’s vast library of high-quality, current and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. More than 3,000 courses are available to help anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

This new resource is listed under the Online Learning category of our Reference Resources page or can be linked to directly at http://www.kdl.org/database_references/151.

Enjoy!


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One eBook, No Holds!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Big Library ReadJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates now through March 31. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading or listening to this book, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists! In this easy-to-read autobiography, Laura details her experience teaching Shakespearean works to relate with inmates in solitary confinement.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!” Download the book today!

 

 

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Spring 2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our April classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. iPad Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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