Through the COVID-19 closures, library staff have been working hard to continue to serve you remotely and through curbside service.
We were grateful to receive a grant from the Emergency Community Support Fund as recommended by The County Foundation and as approved by Community Foundations of Canada, for our project to enhance research and learning capacities from outside the library.
This funding has allowed us to add a subscription to the Canadian Reference Centre to our array of online resources. This online database is used by researchers to access periodicals and research materials from anywhere with an internet connection. You can enter your search topic and find results from a wide array of publications. When I was testing the service, I searched for my favourite topic – “public libraries” and the search returned results from Broken Pencil, Library Journal, Toronto Star, and more. You can refine your search by selecting a particular publication, date of publication, and whether you require the article to be fulltext. While we’re unable to welcome you into the library, if you are interested in researching but don’t have an internet connection, connect with your local branch and we’ll conduct the search on your behalf.
In addition, we have added a subscription to LinkedIn Learning. Previously known as Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning has a vast array of educational training videos from real-world experts. You can learn about leadership, coding, graphic design – and much more.
Access this service on your web browser or via the app on your mobile device. Log in using your library card number and PIN. If using the app, enter “peclibrary” as library ID. When you log in, you can browse the selection of courses available or search for a specific topic. Set a goal and it will keep track of how much learning you’re doing. Jot down study notes in your integrated digital notepad. Download exercise files and take optional quizzes and exams. Course lengths vary greatly – from just a half hour to 11 or more hours, and you can see how long it will be before you begin.
These two new resources are available at peclibrary.org with your library card. If you don’t yet have a card, register for yours at peclibrary.org. Tech workshops outlining the use of these services are in the works for our spring season, , but if you’re keen to get started, you can book a one-on-one appointment for help by contacting Aaron at (613) 476-4130.
This funding has given you access to a one year subscription to each of these services. If you try them, let us know what you think. This will help us decide whether we should continue to offer them in the future. You can send your thoughts about these or any other aspects of the library collection to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.