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TMLDA 2020 Application

9. Support Digital Inclusion

NBPL has added new, and continued previous, digital enhancements to our library for our patrons:

  • The library's biggest technological change was the addition of our Automated Materials Handler (AMH) machine. This conveyor belt system accurately checks in patron materials leaving less room for error for staff and quicker checkin turnaround time for patrons.
  • SimplyE is our newest e-resource. This app allows patrons to manage all e-books from cloudLibrary, Overdrive, Libby, E-Read Texas, and more all from one easy interface. SimplyE also includes it's own e-book and audiobook content.
  • NBPL actively utilizes its social media platforms which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Through these facets, the library is able to reach a larger and more digital audience. We strive to keep patrons thoroughly informed and use these tools to update them about events, holiday closings, programs, and other library news.
  • NBPL also continues to maintain our app (NBPL2GO), powered by Boopsie. This app gives patrons access to their account, renewals, requests, the library catalog, and all online resources/databases. Patrons are also able to create a virtual library card that they can use at checkout. There are plans to update this app to have an easier user interface in 2021.
  • All librarians at the library maintain LibGuides (which can be quickly accessed through our library's homepage). These guides give patrons a digital way to view our brochures, calendars, downloads, and more.
  • The popular Open Tech Session program continued to see success. These drop-in session gives patrons the opportunity to bring in any technology or device questions and receive on-on-one help with available sessions 7 days a week. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing procedures, NBPL had to suspend our Tech Sessions in March 2020.
  • NBPL continues to get the Herald-Zeitung newspaper digitized to an easily accessible database for patrons to search, rather than using the microfilm machine.
  • New Databases and e-Resources have been added and older resources have been enhanced to create a better virtual platform for our patrons during these social distancing times. Some other new additions include Creativebug, Highlights, Family Search, and more!  We have received very positive feedback from new additions and our e-resources in general.

Accompanying these recent additions, NBPL continues to update and maintain its current databases and e-resources which have been more important than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to report that it has broken yet another record by reaching an all time high in e-book and e-audiobooks circulation usage. Our e-book resources and online databases are more popular than ever and are easy to use thanks to our many online resources.

Digtal Content Stats

This year we saw an all time high in digital content circulations as well as database usage. We are happy we were able to provide digital resources to our patrons particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in place.