Category Archives: Online Library Resources

PrairieCat Now Offers Personalized Schmaling Homepage and New Digital Media Service

PrairieCat is new and improved!
Now when you arrive at the login page which has been personalized for Schmaling, you will see many scroll bar menus featuring national bestsellers and new items from various genres at Schmaling.
Toward the bottom of the page, you will find links to eRead Illinois and a new ebook service: biblioboard.
Biblioboard differs from eRead IL in that you are able to actually download most books that they offer (public domain stuff), as opposed to limited borrowing time or waiting for availability. Furthermore, ANYONE in IL can access this for free – you don’t need a library card! You just must physically be in Illinois when you first create your account due to their geolocation-based authentication system.
To describe biblioboard in their own words: they boast of “a growing assortment of rich historical and locally curated multimedia content–available to all with the ease of unlimited, multi-user access.”  Upon visiting the site a few times, I have noticed a large and changing variety of subject groupings that they refer to as curations.  Some have included British Children’s Literature, Scholarly Works on Film and Media, Shakespeare, Historical Primary Source Documents, Exhibits from National Libraries and Archives, Mathematics, Business and Law, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Community History … there are seriously to many to name.  There are also video and audio selections, including music.  And while it isn’t necessary in order to utilize biblioboard, they do offer a Kindle app.

New Automation System

Schmaling began participation in a new automation system in October.  We upgraded from a Union List member of the library consortium, PrairieCat, to a Basic Online member. This move creates increased patron autonomy.  Patrons now have 24 – 7 online access to their patron accounts; allowing them to place holds, order materials via inter-library loan, renew materials (until renewal limits are reached), pay library fees and fines with a credit or debit card, make reading lists, and more!

For complete instructions on searching, placing holds, and utilizing all the benefits of your personal account in PrairieCat: please see our PrairieCat Catalog page, or pick up a printed brochure at the library.

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Don’t Deliberate: Self-Educate

“We are tied down, all our days and for the greater part of our day, to the commonplace. That is where contact with the great thinkers, great literature helps. In their company we are still in the ordinary world, but it is the ordinary world transfigured and seen through the eyes of wisdom and genius. And some of their genius becomes ours. . .” – Mortimer J. Adler

Dr. Adler, notable American educator and philosopher, believed the reading of various forms of classical literature not only the means necessary to instill students with the skills to become excellent life-long learners, but also the means to be fully engaged citizens.  He  collaborated with the University of Chicago to develop a course rich in the Great Books of the Western canon for the purpose of helping adults fill in the gaps of their education; to render the reader as an intellectually rounded participant in humanity, and knowledgeable of the great ideas developed in the course of three millennia.

Schmaling will have some of these Great Books on display upstairs in the fiction section temporarily, while many others may be found in the non-fiction section (literature: 800 – 900).   There are also gobs of lists available on the interwebs swollen with reading suggestions to aid you in this venture.  Here are a couple to get you started:

http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2009/07/30/the-100-essential-books-you-should-have-read-in-college/

http://www.greaterbooks.com/index.html

http://www.greaterbooks.com/taylor.html

http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/harold-bloom-creates-a-massive-list-of-works-in-the-western-canon.html

Tax Filing 2015: Info and Links

Photograph of several state tax forms laying on a table

Schmaling Memorial Library now has the following tax forms available on a first come, first serve basis:

  • IL-1040 Form (limit 2 per patron) and Instruction booklet (limit 1 per patron)
  • Schedule ICR (will be available by the end of the month and will also  have a limit of 2 per patron)

In the event of the L-1040 Instruction booklets running out, we have two copies reserved: one for in library use only, and one for checking out (to patrons in good standing).

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However, the following are several links that will hopefully assist you in the exciting endeavor of tax preparation: like printing the forms you specifically need, reading and/or printing the instructions for said forms, or even filing paperlessly (apparently that is not a word; oh well).

Federal Filing Links
State Filing Links