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Want to help out the library? Are you free May 16 or 17?
The Okanagan Regional Library is looking for people willing to test out the usability of our new library website. If you have an hour of time to spare on either Monday, May 16 or Tuesday, May 17 and are able to join us at a testing session at our Administration Centre in Kelowna, consider participating. We would love to hear your opinions to ensure we create an informative and user-friendly online experience.
If you are interested, please contact Chantelle at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to May 13 with your name, phone number and a good time to reach you.
The ORL is pleased to announce it has contributed seed funding in the amount of $5,000 to establish a permanent endowment with the Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF). When the endowment reaches $10,000 income earned will be used to support library services and programs in the Shuswap region. The Foundation and the ORL look forward to working with donors who would like to contribute to the fund.
Currently there are five ORL locations in the Shuswap: the Salmon Arm Branch in Piccadilly Mall, the South Shuswap Branch in Blind Bay, the North Shuswap Branch in Scotch Creek, the Silver Creek Branch and the Sicamous Branch. Last year, these five branches welcomed 216,002 visitors and had 11,522 children attend story times. 380,460 free materials and resources were also borrowed at these branches.
“We recognize the importance of libraries in the Shuswap communities, and in planning for their future, we wanted to create an endowment to support library services,” explains ORL Board Chair, Catherine Lord of Vernon. “We hope this endowment encourages local residents to invest in the sustainability of their library.”
Dave Wood, SCF President, congratulated the ORL Board on their acknowledgement of how community foundations can play a role in administering endowment funds which will provide future income in support of library services and programs. SCF continues to grow its many agency funds, and welcomes the establishment of Okanagan Regional Library - Shuswap Endowment Fund.
The Okanagan Regional Library – Shuswap Endowment Fund is open for anyone to contribute to in any amount or as part of a bequest. For more information, contact Shuswap Community Foundation at 250-832-5428 or visit their website at http://www.shuswapfoundation.ca
Your online experience with the ORL just keeps getting better with the addition of “PressReader”, the world’s largest online newspaper and magazine kiosk. ORL members now have free access to full content digital replicas of more than 4,000 publications from all over the world, such as the Globe and Mail, the Washington Post, and the Daily Mail.
“PressReader is very easy to use and comes jam-packed with features for getting the most out of your experience, such as keyword searching, article translation options for several languages, and options for listening to articles,” says Chantelle McGee, the ORL’s Virtual Branch Head.
To get started, simply visit the ORL’s website at www.orl.bc.ca/online-resources/help/press-reader to get complete information on using the new service. ORL members will be asked to sign in with their library barcode and PIN/passcode to view the PressReader collection.
Also, ORL branches are “hotspots” for PressReader, meaning that it can be accessed on the library’s computer terminals or on mobile devices connected to the ORL’s Wi-Fi without entering a barcode.
“This will be very handy for visitors to our region who want to get news from home,” adds McGee.
UPDATE: April 5, 2016 - Please note that one of the people called in this scam is not a library member, and the ORL’s IT department can confirm there has been no compromise to personal information or the library’s data systems.
April 4, 2015
It has come to the attention of the ORL that some library members are being phoned by a scammer. In both cases, a caller identified themselves as "a collection agency working for the library" to collect overdue fees. PLEASE BE AWARE: The ORL only uses a collection agency in the event that a member has over $50 in fines due over 90 days, and ALWAYS follows up with a written account outlining the fees and methods of payment. Members are never asked to pay fines over the phone. If you receive a suspicious call, do not give any personal information and follow up with your local library branch.
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