March 2013, Volume 5, Issue 3
Check Your Calendars!!
Read Across America Day
World Read Aloud Day
Teen Tech Week
PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
School Library Month
National Library Week
World Book Night
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Is there an app for that?
Featured eResources of the Month
Is there an app for that? Using the online resources on an Apple or Android device
The popularity of Android (hello, Nexus phone) and i-devices (iPad, etc.) means using new devices for finding information. Do State Library online resources work on these devices? Vendors are working toward making all of their features tablet-compatible. In the meantime, if you are looking for the same reliable, quality information, it's worth a try to check them out.
On your e-device, find the resources the same way you always have by visiting the State Library homepage and clicking on online resources. From there, select the resource you need. If your device is using wifi from a public, school or academic library, you should have direct access. If not, use your barcode and password.
Proquest, SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher allow you to search, read journal articles and cite them. The SIRS Issues Researcher read-aloud feature doesn't work, but you can download the mp3 and listen to the article on your device.
You can use the practice exams, self-paced courses and e-books in Learning Express with no problems.
World Book is moving toward a tablet-friendly interface. While World Book articles are available on all the devices, special features like videos, sound and read-aloud are not. World Book has two free iPad apps designed for younger students. World Book World of Animals (lite) features 20 different animals, games, sounds, compare features and more. World Book This Day in History lets you see selected events for a day in history with short articles, speeches and pictures.
On Android, iPhone/iTouch and Blackberry devices, World Book Student and World Book Advanced have mobile pages that you can select and view after logging into the World Book homepage via the State Library list of online resources. View the entire article, including pictures and maps.
The answer to the opening question is "mostly yes." Use State Library e-resources on your mobile device. And if a feature doesn't work, wait awhile and the vendors will catch up! The State Library Electronic Services Coordinators will keep you posted when they hear about developments from the vendors.