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Major systems upgrade = 2 days of downtime (June 21 & 22)

Ventura County Library will be conducting a computer systems upgrade that will impact all online access and computer use at the Ventura County Libraries.

Starting early June 21 through June 22, 2011, all online services will be unavailable. This includes the online catalog, express checkouts, wireless and database access. All public internet labs will be closed.

Access to this website, www.vencolibrary.org will not be interrupted, but the online catalog and databases will be unavailable.

While online services will be interrupted, Ventura County Libraries will remain open and library staff will be available to assist during the downtime. 

Computer labs, wireless and in-library catalogs are back up!

Ventura County Library has completed the move of their systemwide network and related hardware.

Our public computer labs, wireless access and in-library catalogs are all back up and running.

From all of us: THANK YOU for your patience!

March is Women's History Month

This year's Women's History Month theme recognizes women's tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries. Explore the history of generations of women whose commitment to nature and humanity have proved invaluable to society.

Gale PowerSearch on our eLibrary page is a great place to start along with Biography In Context, the U.S. & World History In Context and World Book.

Our photo is of Aviator Amelia Earhart. 

Computer Down time at Ventura County Library locations

Ventura County Library will be conducting the final phase of the systemwide computer hardware move that impacts computer use at the Ventura County Libraries. The move is a result of the Library's consolidation of Administration, Support and Children's Services offices to one location.

Beginning Thursday, February 24, 2011 and continuing through Thursday, March 3, 2011, online capable computers including public internet, wireless and the in-library catalog will not be available for public use.

Home access to the Ventura County Library website, www.vencolibrary.org will not be affected.

Library staff will be available to assist in finding items during the transition. All Ventura County Library locations are impacted. We thank you for your patience!

Computer Labs Re-open Tuesday

Ventura County Library computer labs will re-open Tuesday, 28 December!

Home access to the Ventura County Library website, www.vencolibrary.org has not been affected.

The libraries impacted by this are: Avenue, Fillmore, E.P. Foster, Meiners Oaks, Oak Park, Oak View, Ojai, Piru, Ray D. Prueter, Saticoy, Simi Valley and Soliz-El Rio.

Thank you for your patience!

Camarillo patrons - action required before 15 Dec 2010

As was decided at the 13 October 2010 Camarillo City Council meeting, Camarillo Library will be withdrawing from Ventura County Library and transitioning to a Municipal City Library run by a subcontractor, Library Systems & Services LLC (LSSI). The date for LSSI to take over library operations is 1 January 2011.

For patrons with Camarillo as their home library: to keep your Ventura County Library services smooth during this transition, the first step is to change your home location to another Ventura County Library location before 15 December 2010.

Up through 15 December 2010, you may make this change at Camarillo Library or any other Ventura County Library location (excluding the Museum of Ventura County's Research Library). If you are not able to make the change during this time, on 1 January 2011, your account will be assigned to another library in our system.

Please watch this webpage for further developments. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the City and community of Camarillo and want to make this transition as smooth as possible for our patrons!

OverDrive - a new look *and* downloadable ebooks!

Our OverDrive database has a new look and now features downloadable ebooks as well as audiobooks!

The downloadable ebooks are compatible with the Sony eReader, Nook and Kobo e-readers [the Kindle is not compatible]. OverDrive ebooks will soon be downloadable to the iPad as well.

Keeping track of all the ebook and eaudiobook compatible file types and devices can be daunting - so OverDrive provides a great Help Page for your convenience. Enjoy the new selections!

Banned Books Week: Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Celebrate open access to information and your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25 though October 2.

"Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week." (ALA, 2010)

Find a Frequently Challenged Classic to read and celebrate your freedom!

Photo credit: florian.b on Flickr

Tags, Virtual Browsing, Similar Books, oh my!

Have you seen our new catalog features? We've added several new features to the item information page in our Library Catalog:

1) Shelf browse shows titles that are found on the same virtual shelf in our system-wide eLibrary (see the blue arrow in the picture at left)

2) Tags! Linked, natural language tags now appear below the Copy/Holding information (see the green arrow). These tags are clickable.

3) Similar book titles along with Other editions and translations appear under Item Information in the left column (see the red arrow). These titles are linked within the catalog.

We are still working on the catalog pages - keep an eye out for more. We're interested in what you think!
Let us know!

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