Online resources are ideal for our constantly changing world as they can be updated instantly as events happen. The Encyclopaedia Britannica has created an entry on the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan which provides verified information as events happen. The Oxford English Dictionary has also been updated to include the words muffin top, WAG and abbreviations LOL and FYI. There are some videos on You Tube of the editor and other OED lexicographers explaining the latest additions to the dictionary. Visit the OED’s You Tube channel.
We’ve been dotting the City Library with Quick Response (QR) codes. These are boxy looking barcodes that can be read with mobile phones that have internet access. We are using the codes to direct customers to our 24 hour online services such as ebooks, reference sources and our blog. The codes are also being used to create a treasure trail for the Late Shows in May. Follow the Tyne God Trail.
You can now check in to all of our branches using Foursquare. Foursquare is a social networking application for mobile phones and members can check in to locations and earn badges. New York Public Libraries are offering a badge to celebrate their 150th anniversary to all people who visit 5 or more branches. We are currently thinking about what badges we can offer.
New iTea and Biscuits groups have been set up at Gosforth and Kenton Libraries. The groups are aimed at over 55s who want to find out more about using computers with the added incentive of free tea and biscuits! One member of the Gosforth group enjoyed herself so much she has decided to buy herself a PC. Please contact Gosforth Library (0191 2771811) or Kenton Library (0191 2774310) if you would like to join a group.
The Information and Digital Team