K-12 Educators Newsletter: Learning to Use Library Resources

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Hennepin County Library K12 Educators newsletter

January 2020

As Hennepin County Library continues to adapt its services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our Current service information page for details.

Learning to use library resources

Whether you'd like to learn more for yourself or provide a jumping off point for your students and families, the Hennepin County Library has tutorials, tours and videos that introduce our online homework resources.

Online Catalog 101 and Databases vs. Websites

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Library staff have created instructional videos on library services in a series called "Databasics." The two videos can be found on our YouTube channel here

  • Online Catalog 101 shows how to perform a basic search, determine the availability of an item, as well as how to get the best results by using various filters on Hennepin County Library’s online catalog.
  • Databases vs. Websites introduces two types of information resources: databases and websites. Learn the difference between the two resources and when it is best to use one instead of the other.

Video tutorials on Niche Academy

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Find video tutorials on how to use a variety of library online resources through Niche Academy. Highlights include:

  • HelpNow (Brainfuse), a service to connect students with online tutors for homework help. This tutorial is also available in Spanish.
  • Overdrive and Libby, the platform for checking out eBooks and eAudio from the library.
  • TumbleBook, an online resource for animated story books and chapter books with highlighted text.

Homework Support: An Online Tour

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Most Mondays through Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., you can learn the tips and tricks for using online resources to get ahead with your homework at our Homework Support programs. This program was previously called "Homework Resources 101."

You can register for the events, which will take place online via Microsoft Teams, here. The link to the live event will be emailed to registrants in advance.

Get a library card

It’s free to get a Hennepin County Library card, and anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can now do so without paying a fee. You can get a new or replacement card in-person at any open library location, or apply online for a library e-card to access the library's online resources, including eBooks and other downloads. Apply online for a library e-card.

eBooks and downloadable audiobooks can be accessed through our website, or through the OverDrive and Libby apps. (Note: RBdigital has merged with OverDrive and no longer exists as a separate platform.) 

Questions? Ask Us

You can Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. 

Please see our Current service information page for information on in-person services.

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