Friday, April 10, 2015

Science Resources in

Check out the new research guide, Science Resources in, at

It highlights databases, such as Science in Context, ProQuest Science and Technology and National Geographic Virtual Library, and sources for specific topics.  There are links to tutorials (including a new one by the Wyoming State Library,, videos, a scavenger hunt and ebooks (including Grzimek’s and Gale’s Encyclopedia of Science).
For more information, contact Chris Van Burgh at the Wyoming State Library.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ReferenceUSA Named 2014 Best Reference Source

Omaha, Neb. – February 25, 2015 – ReferenceUSA, a software as a service (SaaS) reference and research database from Infogroup, was named a Library Journal’s 2014 Best Reference Source and will be featured in the publication’s March 1 edition. The annual Best Reference article is created by librarians and lists the best reference books, databases and free Internet resources available in libraries. Sources are chosen by librarians based on use in their own libraries as well as Library Journal materials and reviews.

“To be awarded Best Reference Source means a lot to us here at ReferenceUSA,” said Steve Laird, president of ReferenceUSA. “We’ve been in the business for more than 20 years and it validates that librarians appreciate our product — not just the data quality, and continuous improvements, but our outstanding customer service.”

ReferenceUSA is an online database available for free to library cardholders in subscribing libraries. The database contains more than 24 million businesses and 235 million consumers. Library patrons can use the database to research companies, create business plans, write research papers and find new customers.

Reference USA is available to all Wyoming citizens through GoWYLD.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Promoting Zinio

Recorded Books Digital (RBDigital) has shared this marketing information with instructions for posting on your library's Facebook page.  With the recent updates to the Zinio service, it is easier than ever for your patrons to enjoy digital magazines.

Friday is the first day of spring! Get organizing, entertaining, cooking and decorating ideas to embrace the new season in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Check out our digital magazine of the week at

Posting instructions (Facebook):

1.  To save the magazine image to your computer, click on the image in the email to select the picture, right click, and select ‘Save as Picture’. Then, save to your desktop. You can also drag the jpg attached to the email to your computer desktop.
2.  Copy and paste the text from the email to the posting area on your Facebook page.
3.  Click Photo/Video and then Upload Photos/Videos. Select the magazine image saved to your computer desktop, and click Open.
4.  Click Post to make your post live, or you can also schedule it for a later date/time by clicking the drop down arrow to the right of the Post button.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Zinio for Libraries - New Apps available

The new Zinio for Libraries app is available in the App stores for iPad and Android.  Apps compatible with iPhones and Kindle Fire will be available soon.  
This new reading app will allow users to read their Zinio magazines without having to log in to the Zinio commercial site.  Users will still have to log in to the Rbdigital site to check out content, but they will not have to have a separate Zinio account any longer.  *you will still be able to use the Zinio commercial site, if that is your preference.

While a user's checked out magazines will appear in the new app, none of the magazines will automatically download.  User who prefer to read on their PC or Mac will be able to read magazines within the app using the browser (The update is supported on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 10 or higher.)

Logged in users on the Rbdigital site will now see a link to 'My Collection' which will allow them to manage their notifications for new issues (under preferences) and to read or delete checked out issues from their collection (under My Magazine Collection).

New magazines are coming in March (courtesy of Sweetwater County Library and Weston County Library) Family Tree, Fast Company, Gun Digest, Inc Magazine, Muscle & Fitness, Soap Opera Digest, Women's Running, & Writers Digest, and The Week Magazine

Visit the library collection at
Find marketing materials like posters, bookmarks, labels for your print magazines, etc at 

More Mangoes!

Did you know that Mango Languages has a special course for St. Patrick's Day Irish?  Log in to Mango and select the Irish language to get started.  Both the regular Irish course and the special St. Patrick's feature will show as selections.

Hurry, St. Patrick's Day is just a week away!

Also new for Spanish language learners, check out the National Geographic Wild Chronicles series.  Choose from Mango Premiere's movie-mode to watch uninterrupted with subtitles or with engage-mode for the Spanish-language construction to be broken down scene-by-scene. Catch up on the Mango Languages blog at

Friday, March 6, 2015

Updates for Zinio apps on March 10th, 2015

Starting March 10th, library users will no longer have to use a second log in to the Zinio commercial site and reading app. Instead, users will be able to stream magazines online from the library's site, or will be able to download the new Zinio for Libraries app from the app stores from iPad and Android (additional apps for iPhone, and Kindle Fire will be released soon). As before, the mobile apps are just for reading, so all new magazines will have to be checked out from the library collection site. Other new features include improved notification for new issue availability. The update is supported on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 10 or higher.
* Users can still find their magazines on the commercial Zinio site, if they prefer.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Important Proquest announcements

Two important announcements from Proquest:

There will be downtime for most Proquest products on Saturday, February 28th starting at 8p Mountain time and lasting approximately 5 hours. During that time most Proquest services will be unavailable.  This includes Culturegrams, eLibrary, Obituaries, Chadwyck Healey databases, Congressional, and SIRS (all editions).  All databases on the (Proquest central) site will be unavailable. Proquest is updating their system infrastructure to improve performance, security, and reliability.

Secondly, as previously announced, Heritage Quest will be undergoing an update which is scheduled for March 4th.  More about this update is available at  The link to Heritage Quest will not change, and there should be no loss of access for any current users. One important change is that Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or older will no longer be supported.