Database & eResource Trainings

The Digital Resources Committee will be sponsoring four Electronic Resource trainings throughout 2017. These trainings will look at both database and downloadable resources, and will offer tips on how and when to use these resources. The first training is scheduled for Monday, March 6th at Northland Public Library and will include a webinar component. A list of all of the training dates and locations will be sent out to einlibs soon, as well as being posted on here on the Virtual Lexicon.

We hope that many people will be able to attend one of these trainings throughout the year. In the meantime, take a look at our eArticles and eResouces pages to review all of the great resources we offer!

–Hilary Lewis Lackner, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Novelist Plus is Here

Allegheny County public library users now have access to Novelist Plus and Novelist Plus K-8.  Novelist Plus has the same interface as users are accustomed to but it now includes Nonfiction and Audio-book titles and authors not previously available.

Novelist Plus is a more powerful way to find Title, Author, or Series readalikes. There are about 70,000 of them!  It’s great for readers advisory by helping to find titles that appeal to a reader’s favorite things they like to read about.

Many people don’t know that Novelist Plus can also be used to find topical reading lists, book group discussion guides, curriculum guides, and more.

If you haven’t had a chance, give Novelist Plus a try and start telling you patrons what it has to offer.  And you can boost usage at your library by using some of Ebsco’s Novelist promotional materials.


Dustin, SewickleyPL


One of my favorite e-resources that the library offers is Freegal.


Many patrons are unaware of this free music service. Freegal allows all library users to download and stream five free songs or music videos a week. These songs can be downloaded to your computer or to the Freegal app on your smartphone or tablet.

Run out of downloads for the week? Don’t worry!! Freegal has a wonderful wishlist option where all future downloads can be saved so you don’t have to remember!


Freegal is easy to use and easy to navigate. However, if a patron or staff member runs into any issues, their FAQ section offers wonderful technical help and trouble shooting.



Robinson Library


Foreign Language Anyone?

Have your patrons made a New Year’s resolution to learn a new language or reacquaint themselves with a language from their youth? Why not introduce them to Mango Languages? It’s an excellent language-learning tool with mobile capability – what could be better?

To start learning with Mango, patrons should create an account with their name, preferred email, and a password. Then, it’s only a matter of selecting one of the 72 languages to learn.




As you might expect with an online language learning tool, Mango Languages offers an interactive interface, teaching through conversations, videos, and cultural courses. It provides feedback and is most effective with a strong internet connection and a microphone. Each lesson in Mango offers conversational and grammar goals with quizzes throughout. Additionally, language learners can navigate between lessons or review the entire chapter in a table of contents style layout.


Don’t forget that Mango Languages is accessible remotely. It even has a mobile app available in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.

If you have the opportunity, it might be a good idea to review the navigation in Mango Languages. There is left navigation, a top navigation, and navigation specific to the lessons, so it can be a little confusing. Here’s a breakdown of the navigation systems:



Finally, Mango’s full-length videos offer advanced language learners the opportunity to test their skills, while Little Pim teaches kids foreign languages with fun videos and games.

With this overview of Mango Languages, you should be ready to get your patrons started learning a new language in no time!

Alexis Rittenberger

Northland Public Library

Discover your Next Favorite Book … with Novelist!


Novelist is an incredible discovery tool with lots of really useful content and components.  Its easy-to-use interface provides relevant book suggestions for library staff, patrons, book groups, and educators.  Novelist allows you to search for books by title, author, age group, interest, genre and more.

If someone is looking for a great book from 2016, Novelist makes it really easy to find one based on what that person wants to read.  For example, click on Best Fiction of 2016 to bring up a list of genres.


Then, select the genre, and Novelist will give you list of recommended reads.


Find something?  Click on the book … Novelist will give you a description of the book along with book reviews, detailed information and awards.   If you like what you see, click on the link:  Check Library Catalog.  The link will take you right to the EINetwork Catalog.  You can request online or go to your library to pick up.


Novelist is also an excellent reader advisory tool!  When you  find a book you like, Novelist offers recommendations for read-alikes.  You will see them in the right hand column.

There is so much more you can get, too.  The toolbar at the top is very easy to use.


For example, from Quick Links you can get author read-alikes, book discussion guides, books-to-movies, curricular connections, grab and go book lists, and more.   Click on How Do I? and you can find books by grade or Lexile, appeal or genre, get alerted when new content is available, see only books in your specific library and learn how to use Novelist.

You probably won’t need it, but Help is only a click  away on the top right-hand side of the page.  There are also You Tube tutorials available from this link.

I love using Novelist and can’t wait to see what is coming for 2017!

Lisa, Upper St. Clair Library





Seen this new release? Now read the book!

There are a number new releases in theaters that have book components available through Hoopla & OverDrive.

Hoopla & OverDrive have you covered with eBooks and audiobooks that correspond with some of the upcoming movie titles. Remember with Hoopla, there is no waiting and content is available immediately!


Hoopla has a collection of Star Wars eBooks.  Catch up on reading these either before or after you see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  Click here to see the entire collection of titles available on Hoopla. There is also a number of Star Wars related titles on OverDrive in both audio book and eBook format.


The Assassin’s Creed movie is currently in theaters.  This movie is inspired by the popular video game series.  On Hoopla there is a collection of audio books. Click here to see the collection.


Hidden Figures hits theaters on December 25.  With Hoopla the audio book is available.  On OverDrive both the audio book and eBook is on the site, but users will need to place a hold for the titles through OverDrive.

  • Pam, Baldwin Borough Library

Holiday Decorating

Decorating your Library for the Holiday Season?

Use e-resource promotional materials to help!

OverDrive has print-ready flyers available including a Holiday Marketing Kit.


Hoopla has a variety of seasonal posters and cards as well!

Materials for year-round use are also available.


 EBSCO Support offers Promotional Kits for many of their resources including NoveList.  You will find posters, bookmarks, tutorials and more.

After the Holidays, remind patrons of our Health & Medicine database, Consumer Health Complete, to help them begin a healthy, happy New Year!

Get into the spirit and promote your wondrous resources!


Bethel Park Public Library