LARGO – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is leaping into the future with a series of new tech updates, tech offerings and a virtual partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Bonjour, Rosetta Stone PGCMLS is making it easier for county residents to reach their language goals and aspirations. Starting on […]
LARGO – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is leaping into the future with a series of new tech updates, tech offerings and a virtual partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).
Bonjour, Rosetta Stone
PGCMLS is making it easier for county residents to reach their language goals and aspirations.
Starting on July 1, the library system will offer 24/7 free access to Rosetta Stone Library Solution from EBSCO Information Services.
Rosetta Stone is a language-learning software with a global education focus. The Rosetta Stone Library Solution program is used by more than 22,000 schools and 12,000 businesses worldwide and will be available to residents with a PGCMLS library card.
“We are excited about adding this top-of-the-line language learning service to our awesome array of digital resources,” said Michael Gannon, chief operating officer for Support Services.
The program will be offered in 30 different languages, with anything from English for non-native speakers to German, French and Spanish. The program will focus on core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
That 3D Life
Just in case life is a little flat, PGCMLS has also introduced a new tool to the libraries that adds some dimensions to residents’ work.
In April, the library system added 3D printers to various library branches on a rotation cycle and has used the printers in various 3D integrated programs to teach both students and parents alike how to use the resource.
Residents at the Largo-Kettering Branch had the opportunity to create Star Wars displays and snowflakes. The printer was also used to help with an Intro to 3D Modeling & Printing class. At Oxon Hill, children will have the opportunity to design and print Olympic rings and medals as part of the Summer @ Your Library 2016 Kick-off.
There’s an App for That
Residents can literally access PGCMLS at the touch of a button, or more accurately, the touch of a phone screen.
Gone are the days of OwlLibrary and Stacks. Now, PGCMLS has its very own application for both iOS and Android.
The app, which can be found in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, will give residents access to search the library’s catalog, reserve books, manage their library account, research and download ebooks, audio books, music and magazines.
To find out more about the app go to pgcmls.info.
LINK-ing up with PGCPS
Checking out books from the local library just got a lot easier for PGCPS students.
Thanks to a partnership between PGCMLS and PGCPS, students will no longer need a plastic library card to check out books or access resources. Instead, they can use virtual library cards, called Leap into New Knowledge or LINK, by using their school-provided ID number to check out up to three books at a time or access resources such as computers.
Kathleen Teaze, the chief executive officer (CEO) of PGCMLS said this will eliminate every barrier between children and library resources the library can tackle.
“LINK accounts reflect recognizing what library service has become, not a plastic card, but access to the many services that libraries provide, from anywhere,” she said.
“We are thrilled that our students have useful library resources right at their fingertips with their new LINK accounts,” said Kevin Maxwell, CEO of PGCPS. “Reading is critical and the benefits are limitless: vocabulary expansion, knowledge, strong analytical and thinking skills, and better writing skills. This new partnership helps ensure that our students have the resources they need in order to succeed in school.”