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Meet Helen Bender, West End Branch Librarian

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by admin in General

Helen’s role in educating library users on electronic resources, particularly e-readers, supports the library’s  Access and Innovation principle of the Compass strategic plan through keeping pace with evolving standards in technology and improving patrons’ ease-of-use with these services.

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Why do you enjoy the e-reader?

It’s a great alternative format to a print book. I was an early adopter of e-readers and have owned a Kindle for years. I’ve read close to 200 books in 2014 on my Kindle and in print combined.

What services do you offer for people who need assistance with e-readers?

The West End Branch initiated drop-in sessions early on when e-readers became available. Around the holidays, and especially when more and more devices came out, we would hold larger device sessions and then offer  one-on-one help if needed. Assisting library users with their e-readers is a big priority at this branch and we can usually get someone in within a few days of a request. Our library staff also heavily promotes hoopla, our streaming media service, and digital magazine service Zinio. We find a lot of our users are interested in reading things such as The Economist and don’t know they can read it in a digital format.

What is the best part about working for the library?

I love helping people; it’s my favorite thing to do. Even when I worked in the Inter Library Loan department, there was a public service component to it that I found really enjoyable. I like finding obscure things that people are looking for and delivering them.

How does technology and digital offerings enhance service to library users?

They help a great deal; and certainly enhance service but don’t take away from circulation or library use. A lot of patrons do not have access to computers or tablets and library staff can provide a great introduction to these resources.

What is Boston reading?

Posted on July 18th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General

If you’re building a summer reading list, you might be interested in knowing what some of the most often borrowed titles are in the Boston Public Library collection. We publish a list each month of the top e-book, nonfiction, and fiction titles, as well the most popular DVDs.

Top e-books, June 2014

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynnread
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. Black Box by Michael Connelly
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  6. Inferno by Dan Brown
  7. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  9. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  10. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

And last week, we asked the library’s social media followers what they were reading this summer. There were so many responses that we made two lists: here and here.

P.S. Did you know that Boston Public Library has 34,000 e-book titles for you to choose from? They’re all in our catalog.