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One eRead Canada

January 13 2021

Join One eRead Canada, the first national, bilingual (English and French) digital eBook club featuring the exquisite and celebrated novel Vi by Kim Thúy. From January 1 through January 31, 2021, library cardholders can download a copy of Vi, in eBook or eAudio format…

IT Blurb #7 - When to do Updates and Why?

January 8 2021

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope that your holidays were merry and welcome you to 2021. Most of us have had at least some time off for the holidays, and with the new year and return to work also comes new Windows updates. This edition of the blurb is going to focus…

Second wave impacts libraries

December 11 2020

What you need to know about the December 8, 2020 announcement for public libraries; the new mandatory measures mean that Saturday, December 12 will be the last opportunity for the public to visit their library in person. Libraries must close at 12:01 am Sunday, December…

IT Blurb #6 - Streaming vs. Downloading

December 11 2020

Good morning, everyone! This will be our last blurb for 2020, so we have decided to go with somewhat of a different topic than we have been the last couple of months. Many of us will be spending lots of time online this holiday season, so this blurb will cover some…

Updated Public Library Pandemic Response

December 7 2020

Public libraries in the enhanced zones have to limit occupancy after the November 24,2020 announcement; check with your local library for details. The Public Library Pandemic Response: E-Content Resources and Virtual Services Support document has been updated. The…

IT Blurb #5 - Phishing Pt. 2

November 27 2020

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you've all had a safe and happy week. Our last blurb introduced the concept of phishing. This week's will continue the theme with how to protect yourself from phishing emails and identity theft. Many of us are busy and receive great…

Available Anytime | Anywhere with a smartphone or tablet.

November 19 2020

Doing library things just got easier. TRACpac is now available as an app for both Android and iOS. What are its best features that will save you time? Browsing the carousels of books (carousels available are fiction and non-fiction bestsellers and one for children's…

IT Blurb #4 - Phishing

November 13 2020

Good morning, everyone! I hope this finds you all well. While quite similar in concept to fishing, phishing is a much more nefarious practice that attempts to use fake e-mails as the bait in order to acquire your private information or hard earned money. What is a…

IT Blurb #3 - Physical Security

October 30 2020

Happy (early) Halloween! This edition of the blurb is quite timely as it covers quite a scary topic for us IT folks: unsecured physical information! In addition to utilizing security software on your computer, it is similarly necessary to deploy physical security techniques…

IT Blurb #2 - Anti-virus & Anti-malware

October 16 2020

Good afternoon, everyone! I hope that you've all had a great week. This week's blurb focuses on some of the benefits of using anti-virus/malware software on your computer or other device(s). Anti-virus/malware software is instrumental in protecting your information…

Canadian Library Month

October 2 2020

October is Canadian Library Month! For the entire month of October, libraries and their partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable role libraries' are in Canadians lives and how essential they are to our communities.  Libraries are amazing and are so much…

IT Blurb #1 - Creating a Strong Password

October 2 2020

Hello everyone, and welcome to IT's new blurb series in which we will offer tips, tricks, and general advice on a multitude of topics. These will be posted bi-weekly initially, with the plan to move to a weekly format at some point in the future. If there are any topics…

Today is Orange Shirt Day

September 30 2020

Each year, on September 30, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people don orange shirts, scarves, shawls, and all manner of orange-coloured items to recognize and honour former residential school students, their families, and their communities. “It’s a day for survivors…

Organizational Review Request for Qualifications

September 24 2020

Overview Northern Lights Library System (NLLS) is seeking Statements of Qualifications from interested consultants to provide professional services for an organizational review.   Background Established in 1990, NLLS is a co-operative library system that provides…

Fall Into Reading

September 22 2020

Keeping a reading log is always fun.  We would love to see your finished product include #NLLScoloring on social media. Happy reading!...

RBdigital has Merged with OverDrive

September 17 2020

RBdigital has merged with OverDrive, and will begin moving audiobook and ebook content from the RBdigital app and website to OverDrive and Libby. Magazines and comics are still available on RBdigital. Learn more https://resources.overdrive.com/rbdigital-acquisition-faqs/...

Face Mask Will Be Available at Your Library

July 30 2020

The Alberta Government has made free masks available through several places, including libraries. Check with your library for more information on obtaining free masks. Northern Lights is making all efforts to have these available for our member libraries in the coming…

The Aurora

June 30 2020

Very excited to share with you this season's Aurora newsletter. Thank you so much to the libraries for sharing their stories for everyone to enjoy. Next edition - September 2020. #librariesareamazing #NLLSlibraries #LibraryNews...

How to Spot Fake News - COVID 19 edition

May 2 2020

IFLA has released a great article about 'How to Spot Fake News at a Time of COVID-19.  Libraries continue to promote the importance of being information literate. With fighting misinformation around COVID-19 a key part of the overall response, libraries have the reputation…

Data Privacy Day

January 28 2020

January 28 is Data Privacy Day, take the time to develop best practices for safeguarding your personal information. 5 tips to keep you safe online: 1. Know what you are downloading 2. Use strong passwords. 3. Use only reliable sites. 4. Ensure antivirus program. 5.…