Friday, January 22, 2010

Software upgrade

Due to a software upgrade the library catalog may be unavailable from Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. until Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 6:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Celebrate Seuss Festival

Be sure to put Sunday, March 7 from 1:00-3:00 on your calendar - that's the afternoon of our annual Celebrate Seuss Festival in which we honor all things having to do with Dr. Seuss. It's always a super time with fun activities, celebrity readers, a costume contest and free birthday cake and lemonade.

Date: Sunday, March 7, 2010
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Library Courtyard

The festival is sponsored by the Bedford Library Friends.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

If you place lots of holds then try this trick

Tired of having to re-enter your name and barcode number when placing lots of holds in one sitting? Then try this trick:

· Before searching a title log in to your account by using the My Account button from the toolbar in the catalog.
· Then select the Search the Catalog button from the My Account screen.
· This will take you to the main search screen and will indicate in red that you are logged in.
· Now start searching the catalog as you would for any item. When you get to the detail of a title place your hold.
· When you select the Hold button the hold will be executed without you having to login again (that's because you're already logged in).
· You can continue to search the catalog and place successive holds without having to re-login.
· As long as the red “You are logged in” message appears at the top of the screen you can place holds without having to re-enter your information.
· There is a button to return to your Patron Record if needed.
· When you are done it is always a good idea to log out of your patron record by clicking on the Start Over button.

Remember, that holds can only be placed on items that are currently checked out or items that are on order for the library.

Looking for a Job? Try JobView

Bedford Public Library has a handy new tool for job seekers called JobView. The database serves as an aggregator for job openings within the state of Texas as well as the rest of the country. Position descriptions can be printed, emailed, or sent to your cell phone. The database will automatically route you to the employer’s or program’s website in order to apply.

Other features include:
- Job searches can be statewide or isolated to a specific city.
- The job radius search feature allows you to look for employment within a set distance from the center of a chosen city.
- Search for hourly or part-time positions.
- Search for jobs in specific categories such as Accounting and Finance, Construction/Trades, Government/Military, Hospitality/Travel, Law Enforcement/Security, Non-Profit/Volunteer, Retail, Sales, etc.
- Allows for easy browsing of positions in WorkInTexas without a mandatory prior registration.
- Federal Contractors with Veteran Preference and Work in Texas positions are clearly noted.
- A general search will list all jobs within the category as well as the employer. Click on the position’s title to see the full job description.
- Job listings are updated daily.

JobView can be used on any of the public computers in the library (just click on the desktop icon) or you can access this resource from home.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Top 5 Reasons to Carry a Library Card

1. SAVE MONEY. Why buy when you can borrow? The Bedford Public Library has over 100,000 items available for checkout including DVDs, audio books, CDs and bestsellers.

2. AWESOME SCHOOL SUPPLY. You can complete homework assignments even when the library is closed. With over 50 online database, information is only a click away.

3. FREE INTERNET AND WIFI. Access public computers to search for jobs and connect with your friends. WiFi is available to individuals with computers.

4. LIFELONG LEARNING. From computer classes to tax preparation, the Bedford Public Library provides educational, recreational and cultural programming.

5. COOL CARD. With four library card designs including a keychain card, you can pick your style. A good samaritan turned in keys they found at the Movie Tavern to the Bedford Public Library because they had a keychain card. The owner was very happy!

Thursday, January 7, 2010