Digital Collections

Digital Collections

Our world is mobile, global, fast-paced, and forever interconnecting in new ways.

The very nature of knowledge, scholarship, cultural objects, and community is in rapid flux. Freedom of access to information, freedom of assembly, freedom of inquiry, as well as core concerns like privacy and identity, have been altered by the mass adoption of mobile technology.

Over the past two years, our library has transformed itself to meet the needs of our families in this rapidly evolving mobile and digital age.

We integrated mobile technology and digital content, simply and powerfully, into the fabric of all of our collections, programs, and services. This was done to enable users to experience knowledge, information, and cultural objects in new and compelling ways, to assist people in learning how to build and manage effective knowledge networks, to develop and craft digital identities, and to acquire the digital skills needed to fully participate in a globally networked and interconnected world.

You may or may not be interested in the digital world, you may be afraid of technology, you may love social networks, you may or may not have a smartphone…wherever you are on your digital journey, we are here to help.

Our staff can direct you to great content and apps, assist you in navigating new platforms and learning how to use new devices, can answer your questions, and is here to help you explore a wide and growing spectrum of digital content, knowledge communities, formats, and emerging technologies…

Apple TV
Your library has two large LCD screens running Apple TV on the lower level – one in the community room and one in the children’s room. Using Apple TV you and anyone else in your group with an ipad (or ipad mini, iphones, or some ipod touches) connected to the wireless, can mirror your content of all types from your devices – and share, discuss, play, brainstorm, etc. together as a group.

Apps
We have a large and growing collection of apps for all age levels and interests. They are cataloged, curated, and categorized into folders on all of our circulating and in-house ipads, ipad minis, and ipod touches. We routinely offer workshops on apps for the public, blog about new acquisitions, and are qrcoding links to relevant apps throughout our nonfiction collections to make them more accessible.

Books
For your reading pleasure we offer all generations of the Kindle and the Nook, preloaded with over a thousand titles (and growing) appealing to every age and interest, fiction and nonfiction. We also have these digital books available on our ipads and ipod touches via the Kindle and Nook apps. If you would like to check out digital books to your own device, this service is available to you through the Gutenberg Project and Overdrive. Have questions about any of it, please ask one of us.

Devices
We offer a wide range of circulating tech devices – from ipads to e-readers, from blu-ray players to gaming consoles, from sifteo cubes to app-controlled wireless spy tanks…a complete and growing list is on the sidebar. You are welcome to check out any of these devices and explore! As always our staff is here to assist you with any questions or help you may need.

Gaming
Within the library we offer two ‘always open’ gaming areas. One area is set up with an XBOX360, a PS3, and a wii next to our complete circulating gaming collection. You are welcome to play any game you like whenever you like. The other area is set up with Kinect on the big screen in the community room and is available to you when whenever the room is not in use. We also circulate the XBOX360, PS3, and Wii gaming consoles, as well as the NintendoDS, Nintendo3DS, and Playstation Vita.

Mapping
We are mapping our entire children’s collection using Google Earth to allow for geographic browsing of our collections and materials.

Movies
We offer large circulating collections of blu-rays and DVDs. We have established a collection of digital copes of popular films as well, and many are available for circulation on our circulating ipads should you be interested. We offer a streaming video service for independent films

Music
We ripped our entire music collection to an itunes server and have made it available to you. We invite you to listen to any part of it while you are in our building.

Online Resources
We have many online resources available to you – a complete list is one the sidebar. You can browse Consumer Reports, engage in SAT (and other tests) test prep, as well as access a wealth of databases through our memberships in the Minuteman Library Network.

Online Training
We offer a wide variety of online training on popular tech topics- for example Skype, Google Docs, Photoshop – to you via Atomic Training . It is all free and available to you at home. Login and give it a try.

QR Codes
You will notice many of our materials, displays, promotional materials, and collection areas are qrcoded. These QR codes will link you to related information which might be helpful to you- read-a-likes, relevant apps, upcoming local area events, movie trailers, and more. Simply scan the code and access the info.