Hudson -- In order to keep up with the constantly improving media innovations, the Hudson Library and Historical Society has increased technological offerings to patrons by adding two new programs -- IndieFlix and OneClickdigital.
IndieFlix for Libraries is an online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world, according to Polly Reynolds, reference and archives librarian. Through the Hudson Library & Historical Society website, patrons have unlimited access to thousands of streaming film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more. IndieFlix is available on a variety of mediums. Patrons can also watch films on TV with their Roku devices, Reynolds added.
OneClickdigital is a new digital audio book service which will supplement the library's current digital audio book collection.
OneClickdigital contains more than 3,000 titles with new titles added regularly, Reynolds said. And unlike Overdrive, the library's other eBook provider, OneClickdigital users do not need to join a waiting list for titles --if the book is in the OneClickdigital catalog, it is immediately available for download. It is an audio book-only catalog and is compatible with most devices including smart phones, tablets, and many MP3 players.
Reynolds said titles are available around the clock with no late fee incurred because audio books automatically expire at the end of the 10-day lending period.
"Our director is always on the look out for new digital initiatives, she wants to be on the cutting edges for our library," Reynolds said of director E. Leslie Polott. "Our patrons really are savvy with this kind of technology and always have the latest devices, so we are always on the look out."
The library already offers services for eBooks, digital magazines, audio books and digital music, Reynolds said.
This summer the library will be "beta testing" Hoopla, a media streaming service, which will include video, audio books and music.
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In October, HarperCollins, under the William Morrow imprint, will release "Witness,"a digital-original mystery, suspense and thriller line, Reynolds said.
"And, we will be offering that eBook service on top of our other eBook services," Reynolds said.
Reynolds recently redesigned the emedia section on the front page of the library's website, she said.
"The redesign was intended to help patrons make sense of all of the emedia services that we have available," Reynolds said.
Instructions for the emedia services can be found at www.hudsonlibrary.org/emedia.
Library patrons can also manage their library accounts on tablets and smart phones via a mobile application and site. The application allows patrons to search the library catalog, check on a title's availability, place and manage holds, renew items and use an in-app library barcode to check out materials at the library, Reynolds said. To access the app, search for the CLEVNET mobile app from either the iTunes app store or the Google Play store or visit www.hudsonlibrary.org, and click on "catalog search" to access the mobile browser version of the web catalog.
"We are always staying apprised of new technologies and trends and are always looking for ways to enhance library services for our patrons," Reynolds said. "New and exciting things are always happening at the library so keep checking back."
For more information on the services, call Reynolds at 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of all library programs visit www.hudsonlibrary.org.