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2010 database statistics

Usage statistics by library for SCLS online resources (EBSCO, HeritageQuest, etc) for January through June of 2010 are now available: http://www.scls.info/reference/eresources/index.html#StatsByLibrary.

A quick reminder that beginning in 2010, use of online resources from outside the library is now determined by the patron's "home library" (no longer by the patron's PSTAT for LINK libraries).

There is a short page of info about the 2010 statistics. Please contact Kerri with any questions.

Going green on the printing scene

Paper_stack TechSoup has a page of tips to cut down on paper use which includes these suggestions:

  • Adjust your document margins: Using smaller margins means you can fit more on the page. "We recommend .7 or .75 inches all around."
  • In libraries and schools: Encourage patrons/users to download their database search results to flash drives or e-mail the information to their home accounts.
  • Use Multi-up Printing: Print multiple pages per sheet
  • To save on toner and ink, consider printing in draft mode rather than normal or best.
  • Set one printer up as the recycled paper printer - print on the clean backside of paper printed only on one side. (Make sure the previously printed side is non-confidential information.)

If you have a printer that can duplex (print on both sides of a sheet of paper), you can set it to automatically do this.

See here for more of TechSoup's resources for cutting down on paper use.

Have you run across any great ways to save paper in your library?

The Many Names of LINK PCs

As some of you may or may not know we have multiple ways of identifying your LINK staff and patron PCs.  I'm sure some of you also have some names for LINK PCs, especially when they misbehave.

For LINK staff PCs we have three ways of identifying them and they are PC Name, Silver Tag Number and Workstation Number.

PC Name

The PC Name is printed with black letters on a white label that is on the tower case of the PC, usually somewhere on the top or front of the PC.  This is the identifier that we need when we to remote into a PC.

Silver Tag Number

Service tag 
The Silver Tag Number is printed on a silver, rectangular sticker that is found on the front of the PC.  This identifier is our last resort if we're trying to identify a certain PC at your library.

Workstation Number

The Workstation Number is the number you use when you log into Dynix.  It always a four-digit number and almost always starts with the number 4.  The one exception is for "floating" workstation numbers and these start with the number 1.  The workstation number is the number we need when your Dynix session is acting up or needs to be reset.

For LINK patron PCs we have only two ways of identifying them, since they don't log into Dynix they don't have a Workstation Number.  They do have a PC Name and Silver Tag Number.  That is unless a naughty patron has removed the PC Name sticker.  Then you'll have to give us the Silver Tag Number in order for us to identify your PC.  If you do lose your PC Name sticker you can call me and I'll send you a new one.

Photos credit: Craig Ellefson

Free Young Adult Audiobook Downloads from Sync

Sync Logo You don't have to be a teenager to love YA literature. The online community Sync is offering free weekly YA audiobook downloads for the rest of the summer—one popular title and one classic each week. Participate in online discussions around each book, or just enjoy the audiobooks on your own. (Here's the title list and info for librarians.)

The Sync audiobook downloads require OverDrive Media Console, but they are separate from our Digital Download Center Collection. There are no hold lists and no expiration dates for the Sync books—to get a link to download the current week's title you just have to enter a name and email address. The downloads are MP3 Audiobooks, so they are compatible with Mac, PC, and most MP3 players (iPods too!).