Monthly Archives: August 2015

eBooks and Audio Books Available Through the IRC

001Sometimes it’s just too much trouble to physically go to the library and check out a book. Now it’s easier than ever to find something to read or listen to without ever leaving your room.

Since late 2014 the IRC has been one of the Illinois libraries that is a part of eRead, which is expanding ebook access across Illinois through the Illinois State Library system. The program is funded by the Secretary of State’s office, and the IRC currently has access to 20,000 ebooks and audio books.

To access the fiction and non-fiction  ebooks or audio books, go to: ircguides.imsa.edu/magicwall. Click on the check mark at the top left of the screen to see what’s available, click on the “e” in the circle to see what ebooks are available, and click on the headphone icon to see what audio books are available.

In order to download an ebook or audiobook, click on “Download the new Axis360 app” in the lower right hand corner. The app can be downloaded to a phone, tablet, eReader or a Windows computer. Use the IMSA barcode from your picture ID to check out the book.

You can also click on the selections along the left side of the Magic Wall page, “Featured”, “Fiction”, etc. to see what’s available in those categories. When you’ve found a title you’re interested in, put the cursor over the book cover to see how many copies are offered and if any are available. If the copy is in use, you can click on “add hold” to place a hold on the book. You will receive an email when the book is available. The books can be downloaded for 21 days and when that time is up the download will disappear from your device.

The  handy bookmark pictured at the top of this page can be found at the Reference Desk, and Reference Librarian, Connie James-Jenkin, will be happy to help you if you have any questions about downloading an ebook or audiobook.

IRC Ready for the New School Year

The new school year has begun and the IRC is ready to serve the new class of Sophmores and the returning Juniors and Seniors at IMSA. As part of Welcome Week, tours of the IRC were conducted by IRC staff members to introduce new students to the wonders of the IRC.

004Connie James-Jenkin, the IRC Collection Development and Reference Librarian, set up a table to welcome IMSA students, which is stocked with books that can be checked out. There are also plenty of fiction and non-fiction books in the library stacks. If anyone needs help or a suggestion, please ask any of the IRC staff for help finding a book, magazine, movie or music CD.

001On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, groups of Sophmores toured the IRC and were introduced to staff members. The students learned what’s available in the library collection, the different hardware available for use such as computers and printer/copiers, the hours the library is open and the services provided by the IRC staff. Students were encouraged to approach IRC staff members with any questions.

003Jean Bigger, Technical Services Supervisor, and Nancy Pavlik, who works with Jean in Technical Services, introduced the students to all the different areas of the IRC and what’s available in each area.

002Paula Garrett, IRC Coordinator, and Connie James-Jenkin, IRC Collection Development and Reference Librarian, talked to the students about how to search for books. Students were encouraged to approach Connie and Paula with any questions they had about research.

The IRC staff welcomes all who are looking for a quiet place to study. Staff members enjoy sharing suggestions for a good book, movie or music if you’re looking for some diversion from class work. Students who want to stretch their creative muscles on the computer are welcome to use the computers in the IRC, which have software such as Print Shop on them that make creative endeavors easier.

Come by and check out the IRC!