New Additions to #ChiltonLibrary from Ford and Chrysler, Plus, ReadSpeaker


ChiltonlibraryReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology is now available in the Repair and Bulletin/Recalls sections of ChiltonLibrary. ReadSpeaker® is the worldwide leader in online text to speech and its functionality lets users hear the article read out loud, as the words spoken are highlighted on the screen.

Users simply click the new Listen button in the Tool Bar. Pause and Stop abilities are also there. With the Settings button, users can change speed, highlighter color, and font size.
ReadSpeaker technology helps individuals who have lower reading levels comprehend details in Chilton content.
ESL/ELL users can better comprehend the content by hearing the English pronunciations.
Audio content from the Repair section can be downloaded in MP3 format for users to save and access offline.

In addition Full Service Information has been released for:

  • 1996-2015 model Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks
  • 2011-2015 model Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep cars, SUVs, vans, and trucksThese updated databases describe and direct repair procedures specified by Ford Motor Company and Chrysler. Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), Diagnostics, Scheduled Maintenance, plus critical health and safety precautions are also included.

Key Content Changes in This Release

Comprehensive factory diagnostic and service information for over 880 Year, Make, and Model combinations.
Updated repair and diagnostic articles
449,300 from Ford
305,561 from Chrysler
Updated graphics—More than a million from Ford using color to identify components and the sequence. These are also helpful to those who may be more visual, hands-on, have difficulty reading, or those with limited English skills. More than 500,000 from Chrysler, including diagrams and real photos.
All major systems, sub-systems, and components are covered.
Download complete lists of the new ChiltonLibrary makes and models at The Gale Blog.

Visit Databases A-Z General Reference for access to ChiltonLibrary.

Why is it important to learn to code? Learn why and how to get started with resources at #LVCCLD.


iPad coding lrgEvery era demands–and rewards–different skills.

In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops.

Now we need to teach them to code.

Why should we teach them to code? Not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, are now wrought in code. We need to teach coding to help our kids craft their future.

You can get started today with coding. It easy and fun. I have selected a few resources to get you started, visit Hot Topics – STEAM – Learn to Code.

October Hot Topics in the News, Turn Them into a Research Topic!


154SOCIAL STUDIES RESEARCH TOPICS

BUSINESS: Apple Smart Watch    

TOPIC: Apple has released its newest major product, a smart watch called the Apple Watch. What are some of its most interesting features and how do they work? What are ways in which this watch could alter culture?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: Apple watch
BUSINESS: eBay and PayPal Split              

TOPIC: PayPal, the mobile payment service is splitting off from eBay which had owned it since 2002. What are some of the circumstances that led up to the split? What impact is this having on eBay?

SEARCH  Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: eBay AND PayPal

BUSINESS: JPMorgan Chase Security Breach             

TOPIC: Banking and financial services giant JPMorgan Chase has suffered a security breach that has put the financial information of 76 million customers at risk. What caused the breach and what could have been done to prevent it? What is being done to repair the damage?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: JPMorgan AND investigat* AND (cyberattack OR data breach)

BUSINESS: Tax Break or Subsidy

TOPIC:   The European Union’s competition watchdog is claiming that Ireland’s negotiated tax arrangements with Apple amounts to state subsidy and is unfair to other companies. The government rejects the argument that they are facilitating exaggerated transfer pricing, where a company is essentially overcharging itself for things in one country to shift profits to low tax locations. Does transfer pricing seem right? Should companies seek to limit their taxes through any means possible? Is Apple the only company doing this?

SEARCH Opposing Viewpoints TERMS: Ireland AND Apple AND transfer pricing

For additional resources see Hot Topics – Leading Issues

Science Online Free Webinar


Virtual Library Notes

science onlineWed, Aug 13, 2014 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT

There’s still time to sign up for a free August Webinar and brush up on the outstanding features and content that make Infobase Learning’s streaming Science Online so valuable all year round. This database is great for science experiments for students.  So if you have not used it lately or need to brush up on your database skills this is a great opportunity.

 Register now!Space is limited. There is no charge to attend. Click on the link below to registered.

Wednesday 8/13/14:
SCIENCE ONLINE: Free Training Webinar

Available for viewing on your branch’s iPad!

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What are you doing on Data Privacy Day?


DPD_banner-300x250Data Privacy Day is just around the corner — January 28. What a good time to do something about protecting your personal information, online and off. Start with the library’s Hot Topic – Computer, Tablets & the Internet (located under Technology subject) While there play the password game Are you Hackable or Uncrackable? located on the Internet tab. You will learn how to create a strong password. So take  the password challenge and challenge your friends too!  Then change your passwords!