5 Benefits of Listening To Audiobooks on Libby (from OverDrive)

Let’s talk audiobooks – mainly because we love them, BUT ALSO because it is National Audiobook Month. We would like to introduce (and re-introduce) audiobook listeners to all the incredible benefits of using Libby as their audiobook listening App. Check out the list below to help you with the listening experience all over again:

1) All you need is a library card (It’s free!)

Audiobook lovers are well aware that it can be quite costly to build up a personal audiobook library. So why not highlight your digital collection of popular, classic, and new releases that are available in the audiobook format at your library branch? Keeping an audiobook curated collection year round is a great way to not only attract your current readers to further explore your digital library, but it will also introduce new Libby users to the diversity of your digital collection.

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2) Display Progress

The easiest way to keep readers on track with budgeting their listening time is to make them aware of our ‘Display Progress’ feature. This will ensure that readers listen at a pace that will allow them to finish the audiobook before it is automatically returned to your digital collection. In the audiobook player, readers can see the total time left in the audiobook by default. By Tapping the Time Left label (above the timeline) they can cycle through different time displays: total time elapsed in the audiobook, time left in current chapter, and total progress as a percentage.

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3) Change Playback Speed

As we all know, readers read at different paces. This is the same for audiobooks. One of the moste beloved features in Libby is that the audio playback speed ranges from 0.6x-3x.

4) Return Titles Easily

The titles are automatically returned to the library. Listeners don’t have to worry about late fees and if they finish the title early, they can return the audiobook before its due daye for the next person on the wait-list.

5) Set a Timer

No one likes to lose their place while reading. Whether readers are listening to aid in falling asleep or catching up on their latest read at lunch, this feature will help them with managing their listening time and ensure they don’t miss a word. Tapping the moon icon at the top right of the audiobook player allows you to set or stop the sleep timer. This will give readers an option to select a sleep timer between 5-120 minutes or to stop at the end of the chapter. Libby also remembers sleep timer choices. That way, readers can just tap the moon icon to set the same timer again.

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Disclaimer: Reading is reading even if the reading is listening to someone else reading.

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For more features available with Libby visit our help page here: Meet Libby.

Not reading with Libby yet? Download our new one-tap reading app, today!

By Rickie Mascia, OverDrive Social Media Specialist, June 21, 2018, first appearing on OverDrive Blogs
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Learn Your Library Resources – Gale Courses

Gale Courses

Preparing for the LSAT? Practicing your creative writing skills? Learning graphic design? Looking for an introductory course on alternative medicine? 

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, we can help. If you answered ‘Yes’ to none of these questions, we still might be able to help. If you answered ‘Yes’ to all of these questions… we can still help, but you might want to narrow your focus just a bit.

Welcome to Gale Courses!

Gale Courses SCGale Courses offers easy access to lifelong learning opportunities including professional development, technology, and personal enrichment courses by providing more than 365, six-week long online programs taught by college instructors who are experts in their field. The courses cover a wide variety of topics, arranged into twelve categories ranging from Accounting to Personal Development to Technology. All you need to sign up for any of the courses is your Moline Public Library Card number and the desire to learn and grow as a person. Or just a library card number. But it will work better with both.

You can find the link to Gale Courses on our website on our list of Online Resources. If you have any questions feel free to stop by the reference desk at the library and ask.

Learn Your Library Resources – Libby (by OverDrive)

12 TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF LIBBY

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Readers around the world have fallen in love with our new app Libby. The new interface, simple one-tap experience and all-in-one shelf have made finding your next great read easier and faster than ever. Libby is designed to enable our developers to continuously improve existing features and add new ones, which means there is always something new to discover in the app. Here are our favorite things you can do in Libby that you might not have known about:

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Adjust the playback speed 

Switching between common playback speeds is as easy as tapping small clock icon at the top of the screen when you’re listening to an audiobook. These include standard breakdowns between 1-2 times normal playback speed. You can also adjust the playback speed by tapping and holding the clock icon and then dragging it down the screen with your finger until you find your preferred speed. Speed listeners will be excited to know that you can go all the way to 3 times normal listening speed.

Displaying book progress

Did you know you can see exactly how long you have left in the chapter you’re reading, how many pages you have left in the book and even what percentage complete with the book you’re currently at? In the reader, you’ll see your total book progress by default. Tap the page number label (above the timeline) once to show the pages left in the current chapter. Tap the label again to show your total book progress as a percentage. The same can be done with audiobooks. Tap the [Time] Left label (above the timeline) cycle through different time displays: total time elapsed in the audiobook, time left in current chapter, and total progress as a percentage.

Peek at the Page Count

You can also quickly see what page your on (and out of how many total) by swiping up and holding the screen while in reading mode. The chapter you’re on and page counts will appear. Simply remove your finger from the screen to have it disappear.

Tapping underlined texts

There are lots of great options available in Libby that you can find by tapping any text underlined with dots in the app. For example, tapping the underlined links on your Loans page will let you filter your loans (to books, audiobooks, or all loans) and sort the page (by due date, date added, or alphabetically by title or author).

Tagging titles

Tags help you organize titles you’ve read, want to read, loved, or hated. They’re for your personal use (and not shared with your library or OverDrive). You can add as many tags to each title as you like.

Tap Tag on a title’s details page and select one from the list. Create your own tags (including emoji tags) by tapping plus sign.

Find all your tags on the Tags screen of your Shelf. From there, you can tap a tag to view it, rename it, delete it, or untag titles.

Reversible Jackets

Once you borrow or place a hold on a title, it’ll be easy to spot in search results. The cover image will flip to the right side.

Also Available As

If your library has a title as both a book and an audiobook, you’ll find a handy link on its details page that will take you to the other format. This is a great tool for readers who enjoy both eBooks and audiobooks or those who don’t mind which format they use and just want the first available.

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Sample any book in the collection in one tap

Perhaps my favorite thing in Libby is the ability to sample any title with just one tap. Simply tap the jacket cover of a book you’re curious about and hit “Read Sample”. This will allow you to read up to 10% of any book in the library collection whether there are available copies or not. This provides a similar experience to browsing the physical library and reading a few pages before deciding to borrow a book or not. You can sample titles even if you don’t have a library card which makes this a perfect marketing tool to show potential new users about your digital library.

Wait List information

Readers can get a full understanding of how long the wait may be for a certain title before and after they place a hold on an unavailable title. By clicking on the small dots on the hold, you can view the approximate wait time, your place in line, how many copies are being used, if any copies have been added and how many people are waiting per copy of the title. This helps you determine whether or not to place something else on hold, or to borrow another title while you wait.

Changing your reading settings

Want to change the size or style of your phone? Prefer reading in night mode or sepia tone? Want to enlarge your font or use our OpenDyslexic font? In the reader, go to the menu > Reading Settings and you’ll be able to adjust any and all text options you like.

Sorting and filtering your searches

To set sort and filter preferences for all searches and title lists:

  • Tap the plus sign to update preferences like availability, language, and audience. Then, tap Apply Preferences.

To sort and filter a specific search or title list, you can:

  • Tap the format and genre links above your results.
  • Tap Refine above the first result, then choose Sort by or any of the other refinements.
  • Tap the plus sign to search within results.

You can also do an advanced search by tapping the more button at the top of your library page. This will provide search options including series, pre-release titles, date added and even Read-alongs.

Change Libby’s Appearance 

You can change Libby’s appearance simply by tapping anywhere her icon shows up. Simply tap and select your preferred appearance!

Interested in learning more tips about Libby? Be to check the Tips & Secrets button in the right navigation menu frequently to see what’s new with Libby.

Learn Your Library Resources – HeritageQuest

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HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Now powered by Ancestry.com, this amazing collection consists of the following core data sets:

  • U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1940, with every-name indexes for all years.
  • Genealogy and local history books and directories deliver more than 40,000 family histories, local histories, city directories, and other books.
  • Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
  • Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, and full-page register views, it offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the U.S. Civil War. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.
  • U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.

With a robust search interface, thumbnail images, hit highlighting, easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access through Moline Library website (under the Catalogs & Databases tab), HeritageQuest is a valuable resource to any family history publications or genealogist.

The clues are out there waiting. Let HeritageQuest Online help you to find them.

The ones that really stick with you…

9 Favorites

By: Adam Sockel, co-host of the Professional Book Nerds podcast, and first appearing on OverDrive Blogs 

Books, as a whole, have the ability to shape our childhoods and help establish our literary preferences but sometimes a book scene becomes so ingrained in our minds that it becomes part of who we are.

Here are some other of Team OverDrive’s favorite book scenes (Warning: some potential spoilers for older books ahead).