Author Archive for Anne Mangano



Changes to Our Catalog

by Anne Mangano on January 31st, 2017

You may not have realized this, but for several years, the Iowa City Public Library has had two catalogs. If you regularly search to see if ICPL owns a book or a DVD, you probably noticed differences in the way some of your searches look.

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There is our reliable, workhorse Catalog Classic, a catalog technology introduced to the world before Google existed (it is twenty years old now). It searches as you would search an index in a book, Read the rest of this entry »

Creating a List in the Catalog

by Anne Mangano on January 17th, 2017

The My List option allows you to create a list of items (books, DVDs, CDs, anything in the catalog) that you can reference later. I use it to keep track of books I would like to read at some point, especially since I always max out my holds. You can create multiple lists, so if you want to create a list of mysteries or travel books or holiday cookbooks, you can create a list for each topic.

Adding an Item to a List/Creating a New List

When you found what you want to add to a list, under additional actions, click on the icon of the shopping basket.

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Brave the snow knowing where to go

by Anne Mangano on December 16th, 2016

This weekend, meteorologists predict we’ll see one to three inches of snow followed by temperatures only inhabitants of the Yukon territory should experience. With a forecast such as this, you need to know the best routes so you can complete all of your weekend responsibilities, whether you are working or getting all of your errands out of the way. And it doesn’t help that we seem to be getting snow every weekend! You do not want to get stuck, not when the warmest socks and the warmest boots will not do. So what roads are your best bet?

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Speaking American by Josh Katz

by Anne Mangano on October 30th, 2016
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Tonight we celebrate the night before Halloween. Well, we don’t. We have no word for such a concept. But if you find yourself in Michigan (Devil’s Night) or northern Vermont (Cabbage Night), or parts of New Jersey (Mischief Night), or other parts of New Jersey (Goosey Night), or even other parts of New Jersey (Gate Night), they are celebrating something, most likely by doing something they shouldn’t, and you’ll need to know what to call it. Josh Katz’s new book, Speaking American is here to help sort that all out for you.

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Historical Fiction with All the Thrills

by Anne Mangano on October 26th, 2016
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We are well into autumn and the days are getting shorter, the leaves are falling, and there is a crispness in the air. It is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. This fall, why not transport yourself to a different time and place with a historical thriller?

If you want history with a dose of mystery than Matthew Carr’s The Devils of Cardona is your book. Judge Read the rest of this entry »

Take a Peek at Our New OverDrive Website

by Anne Mangano on October 19th, 2016

On Wednesday, November 9th, the Iowa City Public Library will upgrade its OverDrive website, which supports the library’s eBook and digital audiobook collections. The new site will make finding, browsing, and borrowing eBooks and eAudio faster and easier. You now have the option of exploring the new site before the official launch by clicking on the red bar at the bottom of the current OverDrive website.

 

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American Cake by Anne Byrn

by Anne Mangano on October 17th, 2016
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I love history. And I love cake. So Anne Byrn’s new baking book, American Cake spoke to me. Byrn provides a timeline of American history through recipes, from gingerbread and sugar cakes of colonial times to more recent favorites like tres leches or beet velvet cake. Each recipe includes the cake’s significance, whether a change in cooking techniques and ingredients to major societal and technological shifts, as well as an updated recipe.

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Common eAudio Errors and One Simple Fix

by Anne Mangano on September 20th, 2016

Checking out, downloading, and listening to an audiobook on your device from the Iowa City Public Library is easy as pie.

Until it isn’t.

overdriveerrorEvery once in a while I encounter skips as if I’m listening to a scratched CD.

Or I receive the error message “Bad Audiobook Part: This audiobook part cannot be played because of a bad file.”

Or the audiobook won’t open at all.

Don’t panic. It is easy to fix these problems. Something probably happened in the downloading process and you need to delete the bad file(s) and redownload.

This pretty much fixes the problem. Except if you are out running and have to wait until you get home to redownload it. For that, I sympathize and apologize.

 

 

We’re back up and running

by Anne Mangano on August 17th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library’s online catalog and digital collections are now available, which means you can place that hold, check out a digital magazine, and download your eAudiobook.

We thank you for your patience and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

This morning, these services were down so we could update the operating system on our library system’s server. Our library system is integral to our day-to-day operations. It’s where we keep track of everything in our collection, if an item is on the shelf or has been borrowed. It is what digital services like OverDrive and Zinio reference to lend eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines to you. It holds your library card numbers and keeps track of what you currently have checked out and when the books are due back. It allows you to renew your books, place holds, and use the self-checks. The system also keeps track of our orders for purchased books, paid invoices, and what issue of magazine didn’t arrive so we can contact our vendor. When the library system is down, everything stops. Well, almost everything.

Because it is so important, we want to ensure we are running the most recent software on updated equipment.

Again, thank you.  And we’re glad it’s over.

ICPL Recommends…

by Anne Mangano on July 21st, 2016
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On KCJJ with Captain Steve and Tommy Lang this morning, Melody and I had a great time discussing what ICPL staff are reading this summer.  Here are some of the books we talked about if you are looking for your next read:

My favorite book of the summer is Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett. Our narrator and hero, Mary Davidson is looking back to the 1908 whaling season in New South Wales. That year her father, a whaler was having a very bad year—there just doesn’t seem to be any whales to catch. She was also in charge of the Davidson Read the rest of this entry »