Local libraries acquire tablets to help patrons access electronic content

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The Burlingame Community Library, Lyndon Carnegie Library, Osage City Public Library, and Overbrook Public Library have all received grants from the Northeast Kansas Library System for Android tablets that can be used to demonstrate electronic resources available to library patrons. The tablet grants enable libraries to promote the hoopla streaming movies, music and e-books and comics, and Flipster e-magazines services that NEKLS offers to member public libraries.

NEKLS has selected 32 public libraries in the northeast Kansas region to receive tablets through the NEKLS Tablet Grant Program. As part of the grant program, NEKLS will train library staff to use the tablets to engage patrons in the use of e-services. NEKLS will evaluate the effectiveness of this grant program through statistics and outcomes provided by participating libraries over a 6-month period.

NEKLS is a 14-county regional system that covers northeast Kansas. It provides consulting and other professional services to member libraries of all types (academic, school, special and public) and includes access to a consortial catalog, NExpress Library (catalog.nexpresslibrary.org), to 45 member public libraries. Along with these services, NEKLS offers consortial access to e-content through hoopla and Flipster for its NExpress member libraries. These services allow patrons of member libraries to access thousands of movies, albums, e-books, e-audiobooks, comics and magazines at no charge.

For more information, visit the Burlingame Community Library at 122 W. Santa Fe Ave., Burlingame, or call 785-654-3400; Lyndon Carnegie Library, 127 E. Sixth St., Lyndon, 785-828-4520; Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St., Osage City, 785-528-3727; Overbrook Public Library, 400 Maple St., Overbrook, 785-665-7841.

Information thanks to Burlingame Community Library.


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