New library app expands services

By 
M.P. Regan
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Getting a bump

New Dillon Public Library staff member Amy Bump peers through a window in the dollhouse she helped build and decorate at the library. M.P. Regan photo

The Dillon Public Library is offering a new app through its website that provides a virtual library’s worth of resources.

“It’s the coolest thing ever,” declared Dillon Public Library Director Lori Roberts during a city council meeting earlier this month while introducing the Montana Shared Catalog app now available through the Google Play app store.

“You can get library books. You can place them on hold. It tells you what books you have out, what holds you have out,” Roberts told the Dillon Tribune of the services that can be accessed through the Montana Shared Catalog.

“It links right to our library, so you can do a search. It has all the libraries on it,” said Roberts of an app feature that will allow users to search other area public libraries.

“It basically uses Google Maps, and then MontanaLibrary2Go is on there, so it links to your MontanaLibrary2Go account,” said Roberts, before rattling off an additional list of services available through the app.

“The Montana Memory Project is on there. There’s a school digital collection where I’m working with the school, so hopefully it will work out that we’ll be able to have access to school books and stuff,” said Roberts.

“There’s state publications and the Natural Heritage Program—and that Natural Heritage Program’s pretty cool because you can you can get on there and you can look at all the animals in our area. They even have pictures and sounds and things like that,” added Roberts.

The app is generic, for now, but will be customized in the coming weeks for Dillon users, who will be able to, among many other things, access newspaper archives dating back to 2015—and, within a few months, access archives extending back into the 19th century, according to Roberts.

“We’re working on putting Universal Class on there— which is our our online classes,” said Roberts of the wide array of courses covering everything from accounting to Bullying in Elementary School to floral arrangement.

And that’s not all for the Montana Shared Catalog, which will also offer food and nutrition resources.

“It is a really cool template that has the history of food, recipes, all kinds of cool stuff,” said Roberts.

For more information about the new services available through the Dillon Public Library, go to the library’s website (dillonpubliclibrary.org) and click on the Services Available link at the top of the homepage. Or call the library at 683-4544.

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