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Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – NoveList March 24, 2014

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What to Read Next???

If you have read every book by Stephen King, John Grisham, or Joanne Fluke in the STARCat collection and yearn to learn of other books or authors that are similar in writing style, plot, or setting, try our Novelist Database today.

What is NoveList???

Novelist is a special database that helps fiction readers of all ages find new and interesting books and authors by identifying titles similar by plot, subject, writing style, setting, and much more. In the library business we call this database a Readers Advisory tool.

How do I find NoveList???

  1. Go to: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/db.htm#Literature
  2. type in your 13 digit Library Card number.
  3. Click Submit Query Button

How do I use NoveList???

There are several ways to discover new books and authors. Here are some browsing options:

Top left Corner by author, series, subject or more.


Right Column Articles and in-depth Topics


Left Column Browse by Genres


The middle of the page provides suggestions by popular titles


Searching Options–You can enter your favorite author, title, series or subject in the search box.

After your search is completed, You have several options for limiting or narrowing your results. See Below


Similar Authors


Or by audience, and publication date.

Click here to view tutorial YouTube videos. Of course you can always call the Central Library’s adult services desk at 733-9175 if you have any questions.

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Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – JobNow! February 18, 2014

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JobNow!Job searching and resume creation are topics that we are often asked about in the Adult Services Department of CCLD’s Central Library.  You may or may not be aware that patrons of our library and libraries of the Southern Tier (public libraries in Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates Counties) have access to a service called JobNowJobNow has a number of features that can help job seekers including:  career resources, resume help, interview coaching, GED test prep, and more.

For individuals looking for help creating a resume, there are downloadable templates available to help them get started.  If someone already has a resume and would like help fine-tuning it, there is a resume lab service that allows users to submit a resume and receive feedback within 24 hours.  Another great feature available is live resume help that allows users to connect with an expert for resume advice.  The portion of the website dedicated to helping users “ace the interview” includes links to tips and resources and also has a live coaching feature that allows you to connect to an interview coach.  All of the live help features are only available from 2pm – 11pm on Mondays.  For more information about JobNow, contact the Central Library.  To access JobNow, click on the link located on our databases page.

JobNow was purchased with Central Book Aid Funds provided to CCLD’s Central Branch by New York State.

Central Library Reference Department
Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – USA.gov January 13, 2014

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USA.gov, is the official government website to find government information and services on the internet.  Government services are indexed A-Z, including “Health Insurance,” “Passports,” or “Unclaimed Money from the Government.”  You can also browse Government services that  are indexed by topic or subject areas.  An example of this would be the subject entitled “Benefits and Grants: Online Services” which includes information on housing assistance, government grants, veteran benefits and much more.  Government agencies are alphabetically listed as well; in this section you will also find links for state and local government representatives, local agencies and the proper contact info.  There is a tab for the section called Blog, which covers current events which could include comments about weather patterns or sometimes warnings about scams.  This is also the site to get Free Government publications on a wide variety of topics including Going Green, Pet Care, or Nutrition. This is a great site for all kinds of Government Information….bookmark it today!

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Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Google Trusted Stores December 4, 2013

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Google Trusted Store LogoIt’s the season to shop! Are you hesitant about shopping on the internet, wondering if the site is legitimate and whether you will actually get the item you are buying and that your credit card information will remain private? If so, in October of 2011, Google launched a new service for you; Google Trusted Stores. Online stores apply to Google, who will verify that they meet Google’s standards of good quality and service and then allow them to put a badge which consists of a large green check mark in a multicolored circle in the lower right of the site. The customer can then shop knowing they will receive reliable shipping, excellent customer service, and free purchase protection (Google will reimburse a dissatisfied customer up to $1,000.00.) The benefit to the store is the increased confidence of new shoppers and attracting new customers from Google. Large well known stores such as Macy’s or Landsend don’t need to do this so not every site you can trust will have a Google Trusted Store logo, as they must apply and give information about their sales and service.

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Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes: New York State Gannett Newsstand September 18, 2013

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Did you know the NOVELny program now offers library patrons throughout New York State Access to all the Gannett Newspapers which include full-text archive of the Elmira Star Gazette 1999- present, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin 1999-present, Ithaca Journal 2003-present, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 2003-present?

Here are directions on how to access newspaper articles. In this example we will demonstrate how to limit a search to a specific newspaper.  Click on the steps below for illustrations.

1. Go to: http://ccld.lib.ny.us/db.htm#Magazine

2.  Enter your library card number

3. Limit to Star Gazette

4. Type Star Gazette then press the search button

5. Conduct your Search

6. Click on the article title

7. Once you open the article you have several options to save the article including email or print.

NOVELny is a program through the New York State Library. NOVELny connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. See: http://novelnewyork.org/


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Chemung County Library District

Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes: Open Source Software – Free alternatives to popular programs August 16, 2013

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Did you know that there are free Open Source alternatives to some of the most popular computer programs on the market today?  Unlike proprietary software, anyone can view and modify the source code for Open Source software to create modified or derived works of the original program.  Because the source code can be freely accessed, most open source software is free to download.

If you don’t have Microsoft Office, before you buy it, try LibreOffice or Open Office instead.

Tired of Internet Explorer?  Firefox and Chrome are great Open Source alternatives.

Can’t afford Photoshop?  Try GIMP!

Looking for a Dreamweaver equivalent?  BlueGriffon and KompoZer have similar features and are free!

If you’re looking for an alternative to Windows and Mac, try Linux Mint!  There are many distributions of Linux available but Mint appears to be the most popular lately (http://distrowatch.com).  Install it on an old computer and try it out.

These are just a handful of the numerous Open Source programs that are available to you.  If you’re interested in learning more, here are some resources…

More about Open Source:


The Open Source Initiative

Linux and Open Source – The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

More about free alternatives:

SourceForge – Find, Create, and Publish Open Source software for free

The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives

Open-source software rated: Ten alternatives you need


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Chemung County Library District


Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – Placing a Hold in Starcat July 17, 2013

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bitsnbytes_julyStarcat, as you know, is our library catalog that gives you access to materials from both your own library, as well as materials from any of the Southern Tier Library System’s 48 member libraries.  When conducting a search for an item, to the right of your search results you will see the “Place Hold” button.  You can also place a hold by using the “Select an Action” menu.  Both of these Hold paths are also available to you after clicking on a particular item for details.  Click on the “Place Hold” button for the item you have chosen, a box appears to enter your library card number and your pin number, which is the last 4 digits of your phone number. Once you have entered this information, another box will appear that reads “Pick Up Library,” which through a drop down menu allows you to choose the library where you want to pick up your material.

Even after the hold is placed you can log into your account, click on the “My Holds” section, and have the option to Cancel Hold, Edit Pickup Location, Suspend Hold which allows you to delay the start of the hold, or Cancel Hold Suspension, which assures the cancellation of the hold suspension.

If an item is not available through our Southern Tier Library System, there is also the Interlibrary Loan System which provides access to library materials from other libraries across the country.  Submit your request through the edesk (edesk@stls.org) or ask a reference librarian for assistance.

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Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – New York State Vital Records June 12, 2013

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The Central Branch (Steele Memorial Library) of the Chemung County Library District is very proud of our agreement with the New York State Health Department to house the New York State Vital Statistics Index on microfiche at our library.  The indexes are from 1880 to 1937 for births and 1880 to 1962 for marriages and deaths.  Genealogists must come to the library to use the microfiche (see www.ccld.lib.ny.us/vitalstats.htm for more about the vital statistics).

There has been lots of talk on genealogist listservs about whether the index will be put online and now a part of it has been put online. We have put a link to it on our genealogy links page:  http://ccld.lib.ny.us/genealogy_links.htm.  Scroll down  and you will see Upstate New York Death Records 1957-1963.  Click the link and have fun with the test run of the NYS Vital statistics Index online!


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Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes – YouTube as a Reference Source May 6, 2013

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The Central Library Presents: Beneficial Bits n’ Bytes
May 2013: YouTube as a Reference Source

We all know how entertaining and sometimes disturbing YouTube videos can be, but some of us may not be aware of how useful YouTube can be as a source of information. There are several options for browsing content plus searching for specific instructions, product reviews, or product demonstrations. Below are some examples.

1. There are specific channels created for companies and organizations such as:

Chemung County Library District: http://www.youtube.com/user/ChemungLibs
Mayo Clinic: http://www.youtube.com/user/mayoclinic
Consumer Reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/consumerreports
Edmunds: http://www.youtube.com/user/Edmundsvideo
PBS: http://www.youtube.com/user/PBS
Smithsonian: http://www.youtube.com/user/smithsonianchannel

2. There are videos demonstrating how to do just about anything.
Here are some sample searches to try:

How to tie a tie
How to draw a rose
How to crochet a scarf
How to make buckeyes
How to edit photos on Instagram

3. How do I find specific reviews or other educational content?
You can conduct searches from within YouTube’s search feature as well as in the popular search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Here is an example of a Google search:


Something to always remember: There is little editorial control over YouTube’s content. It is possible for younger users to view inappropriate content. Also, some content may be offensive or inaccurate. We strongly urge parents to monitor their children’s use of YouTube or any other internet search engine, website, or social network site.

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