This posting is a bit different from my usual postings that relay and comment on tech news. Instead of discussing what is new in the tech world I thought today I’d discuss what type of tech related items you can access or check out at our library. And you may know about some of these items and services but I’d be surprised if anyone reading this knows about every item on the list!

And here’s a list of many of tech related items and services you can obtain via the Southeast Steuben County Library.

Access free Wi-Fi – bring in your tablet, laptop or other internet connecting device and surf the web!

Free assistance with tech usage questions – if you just bought a new PC, Mac, e-reader, iPad or other tech device and have questions about how to use it – come to the library  and let our tech staff show  you the tech ropes. You can even make an appointment for a one-one-one tech session to sit down with a tech staff member and go over your questions in a leisurely manner.

Free tech programs and workshops – we have an ongoing series of tech workshops and programs that will offer you free instruction on a variety of topics including: how to use Excel, how to use your digital camera, how to edit photos, how to use a computer (the basics), where to find cooking apps and/or websites etc.

E-Books – E-Books may be read on e-readers, smart phones, tablets, PCs, Macs and other devices and are available through the STLS Digital Catalog found on the Library’s homepage at SSCLIBRARY.ORG

Circulating E-Readers – with three pre-loaded e-books a piece – want to read the Shades of Gray or Hunger Games trilogy or the new James Patterson book in e-book form and don’t own an e-reader…Check out one of ours today!

Downloadable audio books – also available through the STLS Digital Catalog and downloadable to a variety of devices including PCs and tablets so if you need a new audio book to listen to on a Sunday evening check out a downloadable audio book.
Downloadable videos and music – again these are available through the STLS Digital Catalog which may be accessed via our homepage found at SSCLIBRARY.ORG – we have only just started adding videos and music to the catalog so please peruse the titles and let us know what you think! (Note: the videos and music will play on only a  handful of portable devices but can be watched or listened to on a PC.

Free Databases: Just go to the Library’s homepage and click on the Reference Link and then the Subscription Services Link and you’ll be able to access a number of databases that we pay for but you don’t! And you will need your library card to access the databases which include:

Heritage Quest – to assist with your genealogical searches

Chilton Library – to assist you if you need to repair a car

Business & Company Resource Center – to assist you in finding basic information about a business including items like how much the company makes in a year and where the company’s corporate offices are located etc.

Health Reference Center – to assist you in searching for information on all things medical – this is a streaming service for audio books so unlike the audio books available through the STLS Digital Catalog you stream the audio books found via this link from the cloud

Literature Resource Center & Twayne Author Databases – to find information on literature and/or authors

NOVEL List – this one is a neat reader’s advisory site – for example, if you like books by Stephen King, John Grisham or Danielle Steel you ‘ll be able to search for similar authors. And likewise if you like a specific title you’ll be able to search for other books in that same vein.

EBSCO Animals – this one is made great use of by students who can learn about various animals for their elementary or middle school projects

And for adults searching for credible information on a variety of sources for personal or high school/college research:

ART MUSEUM IMAGE GALLERY – a digital archive of visual works of art

OMNIFILE FULL TEXT SELECT (H.W. Wilson) – for full text scholarly journals

INFOTRAC NEWSSTAND  – this one has Full-text newspaper database

NATIONAL NEWSPAPER INDEX and this one offers access to indexed articles from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times

NY STATE NEWSPAPERS – this database allows you to search for stories and articles that have appeared in New York State newspapers

ACADEMIC OneFile this database offers peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources, from Gale and NOVEL

GENERAL OneFile  – a one-stop source for full text news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Updated daily, from Gale and NOVEL

FUNK & WAGNALLS NEW WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA – A wide variety of reliable source material

GROLIER ONLINE  – Encyclopedias & encyclopedic multimedia resources for students of all ages, with AP news feed


OCLC FIRST SEARCH Database of library collections from around the world, an STLS* member library subscription resource

We have all those tech related items and services and more! If you have any questions about this list please let me know. You can post a comment on the blog or send me an email!

Have a great day!

Linda R.


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