by Paul Bethke on November 3rd, 2016
At over 440 titles and growing, the Library’s collection of streaming videos features works created as far back as the late 1970s and as recently as last month. Covering a wide variety of topics, including author visits, personal biographies, musical performances, unique local history, and even how to make water gardens, there is something in this collection to engage, enlighten, and amuse everyone (you can even observe the Library and select staff as they change over time!)
The problem has been knowing were these videos are in order to access them. Previously, to find them through our Website, one had to start at the Library Service pull down, go to the Library Channel tab, track down the On Demand Video link, then do additional selecting from there. Not a very intuitive or speedy process, especially when it’s reasonable to start looking first at Books and More, then rifle through the Videos, e-Media, and even Unique Collections tabs. To make it a bit easier to track them down, or at least provide more awareness of their existence, I was tasked earlier this year with adding the collection to our catalog and linking them to our streaming video page. Now individual videos can be accessed directly from the relevant record. Doing a call number search and using some truncated form of STREAMING VIDEO will bring up the entire collection. If you want to take a test drive, try doing a catalog search using Irving Weber or Project Green.
by Brent Palmer on March 24th, 2017
It has come to our attention that some of our email notices are being rejected or blocked by two major Internet providers. CenturyLink has been rejecting our email courtesy notices with a message that they are spam. MediaCom as also been blocking our hold notices with no messages at all. While they are not bouncing back, many of our patrons have told us that they are not getting through. Unfortunately the tech support from these two companies has been extremely unhelpful. Some of our patrons have contacted CenturyLink but were not able to get anywhere either. I know it’s frustrating, but we are frustrated too! We know that many of you not only appreciate our holds and courtesy notices, but actually rely on them. So what can you do? Well you have a few options. If you have another email address to use, you could switch to that. (You can do this by accessing your library account online or simply give us a call at 319 356-5200 during regular library hours and we’ll do it for you). You could also try our new mobile app to keep track of your holds and due dates.
by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017
Coming soon to a stop near you – ICPL’s new BOOKMOBILE!
The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to introduce new Bookmobile services to our community. The purpose of the Iowa City Public Library’s Bookmobile is to offer collections and services beyond the Downtown and extend Library services throughout our community. The idea for a Bookmobile came from months of Strategic Planning and asking a simple question, “What is the best and most affordable way to extend Library services into our community?”
The Bookmobile will have three annual schedule periods. The Summer Schedule (June-August) focuses on serving children and the Fall and Spring Schedules (August-December and January-May) focus on serving people of all ages.
Watch for the Bookmobile to appear around town in May, with a set schedule beginning in June. For more information, visit www.icpl.org/bookmobile. This under construction webpage will eventually be the “online home” of the Bookmobile. Online this week you will see a map with stop location information and photos showing the construction of the new Bookmobile. Check back often for schedule and photo updates.
Ready! Set!! Bookmobile!!!
by Kara Logsden on March 9th, 2017
Yesterday was a happy day! The West Side Remote Book Returns are once again available at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union drive-thru located at 825 Mormon Trek Blvd. The Remote Book Returns at this location were damaged in a “Car vs. Book Return” incident in January.
When our Maintenance Manager went into the UICCU branch yesterday to let them know the Book Returns were back, the staff applauded. We received a lot of feedback about the missing Book Return-many people expressing what a difference it made in their busy lives. Sometimes we forget little things mean a lot. Although we don’t want incidents like this to happen often, the silver lining is we hear from people who appreciate our services. Thank you!
The new Remote Returns are a bit different. There are three bins for returning materials. Any material that can be returned in the remote bin can go into any bin. Since the Remote Book Returns were installed 18 years ago, the manufacturer changed the sizes of the bins. To get the capacity needed, we had to order three of equal size. Things change and that’s OK.
When we emptied the drop at 1:00 PM yesterday, there were 6 books waiting to be picked up. I’m sure there’s more today.
by Patty McCarthy on March 8th, 2017
Support ICPL and one of Iowa City’s newest restaurants, Hudson’s, tonight, Weds. March 8. Hudson’s is at 482 Hwy 1 West, Iowa City. Parking is accessible off Highway 1 between Riverside Dr and Hudson Ave.
The community night is scheduled 5-10 pm, and the ICPL Friends Foundation will receive a donation of 15% of the sales of everything, including carry out. Thanks for your support tonight!
by Kara Logsden on February 23rd, 2017
Iowa Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program of the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office designed to help victims of domestic crimes. Melanie Shellenberger from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office will share information about this program on Friday March 3, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room A.
The Iowa Safe at Home program provides three services to help survivors improve their lives: Read the rest of this entry »
by Beth Fisher on February 8th, 2017
With Valentines Day right around the corner, many people’s thoughts are turning to romance and relationships. There many different types of relationships, and ICPL has all sorts of books on them too.
Romantic relationships come in all shapes and styles, just like couples do. Young or old, straight, gay, or lesbian, there’s someone out there for everyone. (Click on the cover for more information)
There are also people who are between relationships, recovering from the end of one, or who are doing just fine on their own and are happy in their singleness. We have books for that too:
And there are people who research relationships by analyzing their own or by conducting sociological research studies in an attempt to figure out this thing called love.
Check out the display on the Library’s 2nd floor for these and lots of other books on relationships.
by Kara Logsden on January 31st, 2017
Today I learned about a series of “Know Your Rights” brochures, available AT THIS LINK, provided by our Human Rights Office. The brochures are available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese and cover these topics:
Your Housing Rights and Rental Subsidies in Iowa City
Housing Discrimination Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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 »
by Kara Logsden on January 26th, 2017
The Mormon Trek Remote Book Return is unavailable until further notice. We’re working on a replacement. Please return books to the Downtown Library or to the Eastside book return at the First Avenue Hy-Vee. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Our remote book returns handle an average of 15% of total returns to the Library. In FY16 the Library circulated 1,369,069 items. Library Staff empty the books returns 365 days a year. Please check back for more information.
by Mari Redington on January 19th, 2017
A lot of libraries lately have been hosting stuffed animal sleepovers for kids who bring their stuffed animals to Storytime. The kids leave their stuffed animals overnight, and the next day they get to see pictures of what their fluffy friends did during their sleepover party at the library.
This week, ICPL had their first Stuffed Animal Sleepover. We didn’t have a lot of animals “stay the night,” but the Storytime was really fun, and we had a great time taking pictures of the cuddly antics. We will absolutely host another sleepover this summer, because summer is the best time for sleepovers, especially at the library. Read the rest of this entry »