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County Council recently approved moving to a new Information Library Service (ILS) structure, which will modernize the way the County supports local municipal library branches, provide cost savings to residents and remove duplication of services without impacting public access to local library branches. This new service will continue to support with the following:​

 

 

Electronic Books & Audio BooksElectronic Books & Audio Books<p>In 2007, the County added a new service: electronic audiobooks which are books in digital format. The County contracted with Digital Library Reserve, the provider of Overdrive, to purchase its digital technology and services. Overdrive allows all County residents with a valid library card and an Internet connection to download digital audiobooks to their computers, MP3 players and other handheld devices for free.  Remote patron authentication software ensures that anyone accessing the collection is a patron in good standing, of a member library.  The audiobook collection is accessed through the PULSE (Public Libraries Sharing E-Media) website at <a href="http://pulse.simcoe.ca/F0F01E8F-27B0-4EC5-9BF4-FAF6281FFCE5/10/442/en/Default.htm" target="_blank">pulse.simcoe.ca. </a>The digital collection is funded by the County with additional contributions from member libraries. </p><p>Electronic audiobooks are a cost effective alternative to books on compact disc since they are cheaper to purchase, require no processing, no maintenance, no shelf space, and cannot be damaged or stolen. In May of 2010, electronic books were added to the digital collection and are also available through the PULSE website. These e-books can be downloaded to a computer and then transferred to a compatible e-book reader or device. ​<br></p><p> <a title="Go to PULSE website" href="http://pulse.simcoe.ca/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-3" alt="Electronic books and audiobooks" src="/Library/PublishingImages/overdrive2-1024x618.png?RenditionID=11" style="margin:5px;" /></a> </p>
Online DatabasesOnline Databases<p>​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="EBSCO" src="/Library/PublishingImages/ebsco.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;" />The County purchases annual subscriptions to a variety of commercial online databases that can be accessed via the Internet. These databases provide remote access to the full-text of hundreds of newspapers, periodicals and reference books and can be used by an unlimited number of people simultaneously. The databases cover a wide spectrum of subject areas from cur​rent events to history, and from science to literature. Free access is provided to the library patrons of all member libraries.<br></p><p>Currently, the County has subscriptions with seventeen different databases:<br>​<br></p><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-0 " style="height:457px;width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;height:43px;">​<br><br>​1.​<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;height:43px;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&site=pov&return=y" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/canadian-points-of-view-reference-centre-button-140.png" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Canadian points of view referencre center " style="margin:5px;width:109px;height:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:33.3333%;height:43px;">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&site=pov&return=y" target="_blank">Canadian Points of View</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;height:43px;"><br><br>​2.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;height:43px;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rch" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/Canadian%20Reference%20Centre.jpg" alt="Canadian Reference Centre" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="height:43px;">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rch" target="_blank">Canadian Reference Centre</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;height:43px;"><br><br>​3.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;height:43px;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=chc" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/consumer-health-complete-button-140.png" alt="Consumer Health Complete" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="height:43px;"><br><br>​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=chc" target="_blank">Consumer Health Complete</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;height:43px;">​<br><br>4.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;height:43px;">​<a href="http://www.cypressresume.com/index.php?c=simcoecountylibrary" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/Cypress%20Resume.jpg" alt="Cypress Resume" style="margin:5px;width:109px;height:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="height:43px;">​<br><br><a href="http://www.cypressresume.com/index.php?c=simcoecountylibrary" target="_blank">Cypress Resume</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;"><br><br>​5.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&profile=eon&custid=s6331712" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/NewFlipsterIcon.jpg" alt="Flipster" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&profile=eon&custid=s6331712" target="_blank">Flipster</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;">​<br><br>6.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=hcrc" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/hobbies-crafts-reference-center-button-140.png" alt="Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=hcrc" target="_blank">Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;">​<br><br>7.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=hirc" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/home-improvement-reference-center-button-140.png" alt="Home Improvement Reference Center" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=hirc" target="_blank">Home Improvement Reference Center</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;"><br><br>​8.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://www.learningexpresslibrary3.com/?AuthToken=57550DA9-9B36-45DA-92D4-EFDE040DB530" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/learningexpress-library-button-140.png" alt="Learning Express Library" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><br><br>​<a href="https://www.learningexpresslibrary3.com/?AuthToken=57550DA9-9B36-45DA-92D4-EFDE040DB530" target="_blank">Learning Express Library</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;"><br><br>​9.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=lrc" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/literary-reference-center-button-140.png" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="​Literary Reference Center" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><br><br>​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=lrc" target="_blank">Literary Reference Center</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:3%;">​<br><br>10.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:11%;">​<a href="http://libraries.mangolanguages.com/simcoe-county-cooperative/start" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/mango-languages-logo.jpg" alt="Mango Languages" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1"><br><br>​<a href="http://libraries.mangolanguages.com/simcoe-county-cooperative/start" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;line-height:1.54;">Mango Languages</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:3%;">​<br><br>11.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=ehost&defaultdb=f5h" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/masterfile-premier-button-140.png" alt="Masterfile Premier" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=ehost&defaultdb=f5h" target="_blank">Masterfile Premier</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:3%;"><br><br>​12.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=novplus" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/novelist-plus-button-140.png" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="NoveList Plus" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1"><br><br>​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=novplus" target="_blank">NoveList Plus</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:3%;"><br><br>​13.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=novpk8" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/novelist-k-8-plus-button-140.png" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="NoveList K-8" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=novpk8" target="_blank">NoveList K-8</a><br><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:3%;">​<br><br>14.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://www.pressreader.com/catalog"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/WEB_resource_logos_0024_Press%20Reader.png" alt="pressreader_logo.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:113px;height:113px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="text-align:left;">​<br><br><a href="https://www.pressreader.com/catalog">PressReader</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:3%;">​<br><br>15.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=ehost&defaultdb=prh" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/primary-search-button-140.png" alt="Primary Search" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=ehost&defaultdb=prh" target="_blank">Primary Search</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:3%;"><br><br>​16.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=ehost&defaultdb=sch" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/science-reference-center-button-140.png" alt="Science Reference Center" style="margin:5px;width:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1">​<br><br><a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=ehost&defaultdb=sch" target="_blank">Science Reference Center</a><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:3%;"><br><br>17.<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:11%;">​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=serrc" target="_blank"><img src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/databases/small-engine-repair-reference-center-button-140.png" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="​Small Engine Repair Reference Center" style="margin:5px;width:109px;height:109px;" /></a><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" rowspan="1"><br><br>​<a href="https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip%2ccpid&custid=s6331712&profile=serrc" target="_blank">Small Engine Repair Reference Center</a><br><br><br></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The subscriptions are chosen in consultation with the Chief Librarians' Committee and are selected to ensure that they do not duplicate products purchased by local library boards. These subscriptions are quite expensive, but the County and municipal library partners have achieved economies of scale by centralizing their purchase. Moreover, they allow small libraries to provide enhanced reference service at no direct cost to their operating budget. ​<br>​<br></p>
Library Automation and Systems AdministrationLibrary Automation and Systems Administration<p>Two County servers host the databases of eleven member libraries:<br></p><p>Clearview Public Library  <a title="Go to Clearview Public Library's Website" href="http://www.clearview.library.on.ca/"><img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Clearview Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/autoadmin/Clearview%20Library%20Logo.png" style="margin:5px;width:71px;" /></a></p><p>Severn Township Public Library <a title="Go to Coldwater Public Library's Website" href="http://www.coldwater.library.on.ca/"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Coldwater Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/coldwater-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Collingwood Public Library <a title="Go to Collingwood Public Library's Website" href="http://www.collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca/"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Collingwood Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/CPL-Logo.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Essa Public Library <a title="Go to Essa Public Library's Website" href="http://www.essa.library.on.ca/client/essa"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Essa Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Essa%20logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Midland Public Library <a title="Go to midlandlibrary.com" href="http://www.midlandlibrary.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="Midland Public Libray Logo" src="/Library/PublishingImages/Pages/autoadmin/MPL-Logo-Color-2018-web.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:184px;" /></a></p><p> </p><p>New Tecumseth Public Library <a title="Go to New Tecumseth Public Library's Website" href="http://ntpl.ca/"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="New Tecumseth Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/2new-teclib-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Penetanguishene Public Library <a title="Go to Penetanguishene Public Library's Website" href="http://www.penetanguishene.library.on.ca/"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Penetanguishene Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/pen-logo.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Ramara Public Library <a title="Go to Ramara Public Library's Website" href="http://www.ramarapubliclibrary.org/"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Ramara Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/ramara-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Springwater Public Library <a title="Go to Springwater Public Library's Website" href="http://www.springwater.library.on.ca/"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Springwater Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/springwater-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Tay Township Public Library <a title="Go to Tay Township Public Library's Website" href="http://www.tay.library.on.ca/"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Tay Township Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/tay-library-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>Wasaga Beach Public Library <a title="Go to Wasaga Beach Public Library's Website" href="http://www.wasagabeach.library.on.ca/"> <img class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="Wasaga Beach Public Library" src="/Library/PublishingImages/wasaga-logo.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a></p><p>As well as the County <a href="http://simcoop.ent.sirsidynix.net/client/en_US/scl" target="_blank">Library Catalogue</a>. County staff administer the Symphony library software program, provide training to the staff of member libraries and troubleshoot any problems encountered with the software.<img alt="symphony" src="/Library/PublishingImages/symphony.png" class="ms-rtePosition-3" style="font-size:1em;margin:5px;" /><br></p>