Boston Public Library expanded its free digital magazine service by adding publications in a variety of genres; including the New Yorker, Wired, and Bon Appétit, as well as Architectural Digest, Brides, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. More than 130 magazines are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Portuguese, with a new option to filter by language. Library cardholders can now also request a weekly email notification when new issues of favorite magazines are available to download. (more…)
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The exhibition Purloined Letters: Literary Correspondence and its Unintended Recipients opens in the Special Collections Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday, October 15. Purloined Letters features an array of rare and important purloined, or stolen, letters written by revered literary figures. Also in October, a bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled at the library, honoring the Boston-born poet, author, and critic.
“Purloined Letters gives us the rare opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the writers and learn more about them than, in many cases, their published works may reveal,” said Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections at the Boston Public Library. (more…)
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.
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.
Latino Life 2014 features 55 titles organized into the following sections: biography, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction. Each book on the list is briefly summarized. This work was performed by a committee of Boston Public library staff members. Copies of the booklist are available at all Boston Public Library locations across the city.
“This year’s list is quite diverse and has something for everyone; whether it is a book on Cuban poster art, Rosie Perez’s revealing autobiography, or the newest novel by Cristina Henriquez,” said Amy Manson, chair of the Latino Life booklist committee and generalist librarian at the Connolly Branch. The list is useful for not only library users, but also Latino Studies professors and high school teachers who have used the lists with their students throughout the years who have expressed their appreciation for the resource.
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