Monday, June 29, 2015

Change in service for Freading eBooks

The Freading eBook service will change its model for checking out books starting July 1, 2015.  Last week, Freading notified customers that the token system would be phased out and instead each user will be allowed three books per week.  Some users may find this number restrictive, but as yet, the company has not responded as to whether that number can be increased.  Please read the service message below.  Usage statistics for your library are available here  (a small number of patrons may find this change in lending policy restrictive)

The Freading Team has been working on some important changes that will result in a better service. These changes will take place on July 1.

First off, the token system will become invisible to patrons. Instead, each patron will have a book checkout limit, regardless of the underlying value of the book. The default book checkout limit will be 3 books per week. As before, unused book allotment will roll over to the next week, and up to 3 subsequent weeks. We are confident that this will simplify the process of orienting patrons to Freading. It will also eliminate confusion about the tokens, and about the circled numbers next to the books. The only place the tokens will still exist is on your billing statement. Different books will have different values as we believe is appropriate. Part of the Freading value is not to pay hardcover prices for paperbacks. We will message your patrons on the Freading site to alert your loyal readers of the change, and change the FAQs, but anyone with “token” verbiage on their website may want to simplify the message and just say “you have 3 book checkouts per week”. 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

New children's magazines in Zinio

Eight new children's magazines are now available for checkout in Zinio Digital Magazines!  These subscriptions were funded by the Governor's supplemental budget for digital content and three WYLD member libraries.

From Cricket Media Publishing:
 Ask - Wyoming State Library
 Cicada - Wyoming State Library
 Cobblestone - Wyoming State Library
 Cricket - Sweetwater County Library
 Ladybug - Niobrara County Library
 Muse - Johnson County Library
 Spider - Wyoming State Library

And from Highlights Publishing:
 Highlights for Children - Sweetwater County Library

To see the complete list of titles and who has funded each subscription, visit

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Reading and

Check out our Summer Reading Guide and the latest Database of the Month webinar for summer reading topics and the resources.

The guide includes a link to the Resources and Summer Reading 2015 webinar, as well as links to other webinars, activities, materials, and information on the importance of summer reading.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gale's Research in Context and EBSCO's Explora interfaces now available on GoWYLD

New Resources in GoWYLD are now available!

Gale's Research in Context which is designed for middle school researchers now appears on the Kids K-8 subject page.  Read more about this resource in last month's post and on the Gale site.

Check out EBSCO's Explora interfaces for public libraries, primary schools and secondary schools.  These resources appear under 'general' for public libraries, Kids K-8 for primary schools and Student Research for secondary schools.  Eventually Explora interfaces will replace Searchasaurus, Kids' Search, and Student Research Center.   Explora was originally announced in April.  Read more about it in the Explora FAQ.

Friday, May 29, 2015

One Book Wyoming and the resources

Check out the webinar and research guide for resources and One Book Wyoming 2015.
You will find resources that support the many themse abd discussions, including our summer reading theme, Every Hero has a Story, author information, and much more.  This year, One Book Wyoming includes 3 titles by Cat Urbigkit.  Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, The Guardian Team:  On the job with Rena and Roo, and Shepherds of Coyote Rocks.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Gale Introduces Research in Context for Middle Grade Researchers

Gale is introducing a new interface for middle school researchers called Research in Context.  This resource will be made available during the month of May.  Bringing together content from the former Discovering Collection, Junior Reference Collection, Student Resource Center Jr., InfoTrac Junior Edition, and InfoTrac Junior Graphic Edition, Research In Context is cross-disciplinary in nature spanning literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history.  For many Wyoming libraries, this new resource will eventually replace only Student Resource Center, Jr, but if your library subscribes to any of the others mentioned above, they will also be replaced.

The Research In Context user experience is designed to support the developing information and digital literacy skills of the average middle school student, drawing from:
  • User testing with users aged 11 to 13
  • Librarian and teacher feedback
  • An extensive body of user experience research and usage data we've gathered over years of developing elementary and high school resources
  • Analysis of middle school curriculum standards and popular lesson plans
The resource’s name, content, and design are also approachable for younger students who are ready for more advanced research as well as high school students who are still developing key skills. 

To learn more, visit or Click here for an FAQ which helps to answer questions about the migration process, changes in usage statistics, technical questions, training, and more.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Zinio for Libraries adds Kindle Fire HD/HDX support

The Zinio for Libraries app is now available for Kindle Fire HD and HDX devices.  To download the app, go to the library Zinio collection page at and scroll to the bottom to see the links to available apps.

The benefit to using the Zinio for Libraries app is that a second login to the commercial Zinio reader is no longer necessary.  The app is still just a reader, and users must first check out magazines from the Rbdigital collection site.