Our public library continues to be the place where people turn to access books, start or improve a business, research job opportunities and access computers and high-speed internet service. A key goal of the District is to provide the best and most current information resources to our residents. A technology plan was developed in 2010 for the Library District. This plan is focused on the upward trend of needs in computer resources and ideas for ways to improve services to our customers.
The main pages of the Library District website were viewed over 2.8 million times in 2010. The site continues to be refined and revised to reflect our customers’ needs.
Electronic Literacy Classes
In 2010 over 600 community members took one of the 56 free computer classes offered by the Poudre River Public Library District. These beginning computer classes promote and encourage information literacy. The classes cover computer basics, electronic communication, Internet searching, and Microsoft Office applications. These classes are taught in the Harmony Library computer lab.
As use of hand held devices and e-book readers for reading, viewing and listening increases, the Poudre River Public Library District is increasing its collection of downloadable media to meet a growing demand. In April the Library District introduced its “Downloadable Library,” featuring videos, e-books and music in addition to the extensive digital audio book collection of over 2,000 titles provided by NetLibrary.
In 2010 the Library purchased a collection of e-media from OverDrive, a distributor of digital content. Library card holders have 24/7 access to this new downloadable collection that features hundreds of popular film, book and music titles. OverDrive downloads are supported through PC, Mac, Sony Reader, Nook, BlackBerry, Android, and iPod. This collection of e-media is accessible remotely from the comfort of your home or office.
A second electronic resource added was the foreign language tool, Language Learning by Byki Online. Byki is a rapid learning system employing spaced interval repetition for learning a foreign language. Language Learning by Byki Online offers exercises in listening, reading, writing and speech recognition to help English speakers learn over 80 languages including: Spanish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese & more. Likewise, this resource helps speakers of Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese & Japanese learn English.
The library will always be here to offer the tangible comfort of books and materials, but the tech savvy will now have access to a growing collection of e-media and electronic information to use on a variety of devices. The Poudre River Public Library District is excited about the possibilities that technology provides in making our many resources available to the public in new ways.
The Poudre River Public Library District continues to communicate with our customers via social networking web sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The number of page fans increases each day as followers gain valuable information about literature, movies, technology trends and random interesting facts. The Library District is also increasing its communications through video and other online means. As of December 31, 2010 the District had almost 900 Facebook fans, and over 500 Twitter followers.