New Tech Toolbar Opens at Campbell Library

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2015

 

Residents urged to try new technology: thousands of free eResources available at the Library


SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. –February 3, 2015 – Santa Clara County Library District’s (SCCLD) Campbell Library recently unveiled its new Tech Toolbar, a new service area dedicated to providing hands on tutorials for operating various electronic devices.    Located on the lower level next to the Information Desk, individuals are encouraged to explore, play and sample various devices and learn how to easily download a myriad of eResources.  Four devices are currently included in the Tech Toolbar: an iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy tablet, Kindle Fire and Kindle Paperwhite.  “Providing a place where individuals can try different devices and have instructors available to answer questions opens an enormous eResource world filled with an almost unlimited amount of downloadable materials” stated Jason Baker, SCCLD Joint Powers Authority Board Member and City of Campbell’s Vice Mayor.  
 
What began as a pilot program at the Cupertino Library has expanded to the Campbell Library and later this year to the Los Altos Library.  “Libraries aren’t just about books anymore.  Individuals are always surprised at how much there is to discover at the library.  With tens of thousands of eResources currently available (including 46,000 eBooks), cardholders can borrow and read just about anything.  EBooks, eMusic, eMagazines, eAudiobooks are all available for free.  We encourage anyone with a new tablet or eReader to bring it into the library and discover the potential of their new device. With all of these available eResources, cardholders can now bring the library with them wherever they go” stated Marlene Iwamoto, Supervising Librarian at SCCLD’s Campbell Library.

Trained Tech Toolbar coaches are available to help people with their electronic devices and provide tips on how to download available materials. 
 
Campbell Tech Toolbar hours
Monday: 6 pm-8 pm
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 2 pm – 4 pm
Saturday 10 am-12 pm
 
For individuals needing additional assistance, they may schedule a one-on-one appointment for eBook help with a librarian or Tech Toolbar coach at the Campbell Library (408) 866-1991.  
 
For additional information and detailed instructions regarding downloading eResources, go to:  http://www.sccl.org/Browse/eBooks-Downloads/ebooks.
 
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About the Santa Clara County Library District
 
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2014, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014, SCCLD won a Top Innovator Award from the Urban Libraries Council for its innovative program to revive episodic fiction. 

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 225,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.4 million items, making it one of the most used resources in the region.

Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at www.sccl.org.

Contact: 
Nancy Howe/Mark Fink/Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3010/3014