Ferndale Library Adds Three Digital Resources Designed to Make an Impact
Hoopla, Cypress Resume and Consumer Reports
The Ferndale Area District Library is getting more digitally dynamic in the new year by adding three valuable online resources for its patrons. The products include Hoopla, an app-based service for streaming and downloading media; Cypress Resume, a web-based tool that helps create a professional-looking resume; and Consumer Reports, an online product review subscription service. Ferndale Library cardholders will be able to access these services from computers inside the library or from home with either a computer or internet capable device.
The library will have a New Technology Demo Day on Mon., Feb. 6 to show off these three great new services. Staff will be in the Community Rooms to show off Hoopla, Cypress Resume and Consumer Reports and answer any questions.
The Hoopla app will allow Ferndale Library cardholders free access to hundreds of thousands of e-books, audiobooks, movies, full music albums, and more. Unlike most downloadable media services provided by libraries, there is no waiting or holds list. If you see an item you want to watch, read or listen to, you’re merely a few taps (or clicks) away from enjoying it! Cardholders can download the app or login from a web browser with their library card number and PIN. There is the option to stream instead of download, so hoopla is flexible. The library will be launching its six month pilot program of Hoopla on Jan. 9, and will be featuring the service during New Technology Demo Day on Feb. 6.
One of the Ferndale Library’s most important functions is serving as a resource for people seeking employment. Cypress Resume is a simple to use online tool for creating resumes and cover letters. Users simply add information about themselves and Cypress will help them assemble attention getting phrases, format clearly and correctly, and print or upload their document. The process is self-guided, customizable and efficient; cardholders can form a great resume and avoid hours of tweaking and fumbling with formatting and settings. Cypress Resume is available now. Visit http://www.ferndalepubliclibrary.org/resources-2/job-search/ to get started.
Consumer Reports is the most reliable source for product reviews. The Ferndale Library has carried the monthly magazine and its annual buying guides for years, but starting in January 2017, they will also provide access to ConsumerReports.org, where cardholders can find ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. Articles are frequently updated and are searchable, making comparison shopping simple. ConsumerReports.org also includes Cars Best Deals Plus, to help consumers find reliable information on new and used cars. Additionally, ConsumerReports.org features extensive content from Consumer Reports Online Health, which provides reliable and unbiased health information to consumers in search of better healthcare outcomes.