Category Archives: User experience

Library of Things!

With apologies to Ariel, “We’ve got gadgets and gizmos a-plenty We’ve got whozits and whatzits galore You want a Library of Things? We’ve got twenty-five!” We are delighted to sing from the rooftops that our Library of Things collection has … Continue reading

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October 2016 is Fine Free Month!

Do you have a stack of library books at home or in the car? Have you been worrying about the fines on those items? Worry no more! October 2016 is Fine Free Month at Robbins and Fox Libraries. Please bring … Continue reading

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InterLibrary Loan: ComCat helps you find books statewide

You saw an amazing book at your friend’s house called Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books , but you can’t find it in your library’s online catalog. When you visit the library for help, you’re sent to “Reference” where a librarian busily … Continue reading

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Searching the library catalog

How do you find a book, audiobook, CD, DVD, magazine, game, or anything else in the library? There are a few ways: you could wander around (also known as browsing), ask a librarian, or use the online catalog. You probably … Continue reading

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Come fly away to ALA with us, 6/25-6/30

It’s not every year that we get to send librarians to the annual American Library Association conference, so we decided it would be fun to bring you to San Francisco with us via Twitter and Facebook. Through June 30 you’ll see … Continue reading

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Bookending Arlington Reads Together 2015

My favorite photo from this year’s Arlington Reads Together was taken at the author Skype event we had in the Community Room. It was a Saturday afternoon in Arlington, March 21st, and Annabel Pitcher, author of My Sister Lives on … Continue reading

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Online resources: How do you find them?

The library offers a ton of digital resources, from e-books to databases, but in a way, all this information is invisible, or at least intangible: you can’t just come into the library, wander through the shelves, and pull down an … Continue reading

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Take the Pew “Library Lovers” Quiz

Are you a “Library Lover”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid?” See how your own library habits stack up against the rest of our community—and the U.S. as a whole!  Take the “What type of library user are you?” … Continue reading

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Snapshot Day 2014: A Day in the Life of the Library

On Tuesday, April 8, Arlington’s libraries will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive … Continue reading

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And now for a short survey

This week we’re launching a community-wide survey to support the development of a new strategic plan for Arlington’s libraries.  This six-question survey was designed to be a more open-ended complement to the Vision 2020 survey that went out (via snail … Continue reading

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