Ancestry Library Edition Free Access Extended

Ancestry Library Edition Free Access Extended “Word from the Ottawa Public Library is that free online access to Ancestry Library Edition through your library membership will continue through the end of the year. I’d imagine this applies to all Canadian libraries that have offered the service online this year.In case you don’t know, Ancestry Library is a collection of thousands of individual genealogy databases from many different institutions. It includes American, Canadian and U.K. sources as well as some for Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Canadian coverage includes major sources such as the censuses and much more. No word as to whether the continued access is a forecast of growth of the second wave of the... read more

Last call to have your voice included in the eMeasures Snapshot

This week we presented our preliminary findings for the eMeasures Snapshot Survey at the 2020 Library Library Advocacy and Funding Conference (LAFCON). From the preliminary survey results*, we have been able to see where the responding libraries are excelling and where there is room for improvement as we move forward. Libraries excel at delivering quality programs and ensuring access to the materials. The data shows that responding libraries were able to pivot these vital services from in-person to online. 59% of responding libraries increased their electronic materials spending** and 79% increased their virtual content***. Interestingly, when asked how libraries promote their online services, only 1% of responding libraries used Google Paid Search to advertise****. The eMeasures survey provides a better understanding of what libraries are capable of and where more support is needed. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your stories and data included as we look at the future of libraries. We urge you to participate in the eMeasures Snapshot Survey today. The survey will officially close Tuesday, September 22. Direct Access Link: If blank, create an account. Thank you for helping to push library advocacy forward. While completing the survey, if you require assistance please contact Sincerely, EveryLibrary Institute and Counting Opinions Some questions asked were in response to COVID-19. *prior to August 31, 2020, **N=594, ***N=561, ****N=436 FAQ Review the... read more