Hello World Tech and Youth Services iN the Southern Adirondack Library System


There is a new page on the SALS' site dedicated to Overdrive support. If you've ever had to assist someone with their digital e-reading device you know how difficult it can be. This page will lead you to the overdrive troubleshooting section, including sections for every kind of device, and also provide you with links to marketing materials and info on upcoming Big Library Reads.

You can find the page by visiting the SALS site and on the menu under FOR MEMBERS & STAFF >> OVERDRIVE & LIBBY. https://salsblog.sals.edu/overdrive-libby/

Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library Edition

  • Q: What is the change to Ancestry Library Edition’s remote access?
  • A: During Covid-19 starting in April 2020, Ancestry and ProQuest agreed to enable remote access for public libraries at no cost to the customer. This access was always temporary and with libraries re-opening this remote access will cease at the end of the year.
  • Q: Who will be impacted?
  • A: All public libraries who requested and were granted remote access on a temporary basis.
  • Q: When will remote access end?
  • A: Remote access will end on December 31st, 2021.

Patrons are still able to access Ancestry Library Edition but can only do so through the library computer or by using their own devices on the library's internet network.

Patrons will still be able to access Heritage Quest remotely.

So what is the difference between Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library Edition

Heritage Quest is a slimmed-down version of Ancestry Library Edition.

If you are looking for more info about heritage quest or ancestry library edition. Including resources that you could add to your website here is a good place to start: https://proquest.libguides.com/hqo

NYS Digital Equity Portal

If you haven't had a chance to take a look at the NYS Digital Equity Portal you should block out some time and head over to https://blogs.cornell.edu/nysdigitalequity/

On the homepage, there is a 7min video giving instructions on how to utilize the portal.

Once inside the portal, you can filter by library systems, county, and even zip code. The data is gathered from the Census and the American Community Surveys and because of this the blocks that you see are divided up by census tracts.

The data the portal returns includes the number of households with no Broadband Internet Connection, the connection type that households have. Including households that have only Cellular Data Plans and have no Internet plans. There is also data on the Lack of Connectivity for Children and the type of devices (or lack of) in homes.

You if look in the upper left-hand corner there is data regarding Race, Ethnicity, and Services.

From here you can view data on download speeds, minimum monthly prices for broadband, and populations without broadband at home.

Using the Explore More Layers option from the upper menu allows you to view maps utilizing different software that allows for the use of more than one variable at a time and includes the locations of public libraries. The image above shows a census tract with the variable % of the Population with No Computer or Internet Connection at Home. For this particular tract, you can see that 25% of the population has no computer or internet at home. There is also a lot of information available including the local Representives of the region

There are quite a few layers you can view including broadband speed, types of electronic devices in the home, and children with no computer or internet connection at home.

Summer Reading

Two things regarding summer reading.

First, if you were unable to attend CSLP's Summer Symposium 2021 either because you were busy or because of their technical snafu of only allowing a certain number of people to enter the event, then you are in luck they have just released the recording. There were some excellent sections on the manual, marketing, and programming. You can view individual sections or view the entirety of the webinar using the links here: https://www.cslpreads.org/summer-symposium-2021/

Secondly, we are trying something new with the summer reading workshop. SALS has joined up with several library systems from across the state to offer 2 workshops on summer reading programs related to this year's An Ocean of Possibilities theme.

The first workshop will be on Wednesday, February 16th from 9:30 to 12:30. This workshop will focus on children's programs.

The second workshop will be on Thursday, March 10th from 9:30 to 12:30. This session will focus on teen programs.

I will be sharing more information beginning in the new year so stay tuned.

Program Ideas

Speaking for programming ideas. Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX) has some really cool project ideas. Each project gives a list of materials and estimated cost, some advice for facilitators, age range, troubleshooting tips, and example projects (Scroll to the bottom of each activity page to view the examples--they look amazing) you can check them out here:

Facial Recognition Experience

There was a webinar "Digital Privacy 101: A Primer for Librarians." on December 9th. One of the items the presenters shared before the webinar is a facial recognition experience “How Normal Am I?”

I went through it and it is quite the experience. To be freaked out click on the link below--you will need a camera on your computer.


The software explores some of the ways that AI and cameras are used in our everyday lives.

Here is a link to the slides from Digital Privacy 101: A Primer for Librarians https://bit.ly/privacy-primer

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Jack Scott


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