Extended Provisional Patron Period Ending June 15th

The pandemic extension of the duration of new provisional patron accounts will end on June 15th, returning to two weeks.

The normal life of a provisional patron card account is two weeks, during which time the borrower may upgrade the card by presenting identification at their library. After two weeks, the provisional cards expire, as contained in the Borrowers Card Policy (see bottom of page 3). The provisional patron cards are the result of a patron filling out the online form and the library assigning a card number. The provisional cards allow users to access electronic resources and place holds without any verification of address.

In the early days of the pandemic, in March, 2020, NOBLE’s Executive Board agreed to temporarily override the policy time limit, by request of libraries, initially to two months and then six months, as libraries remained closed and there was no uniform way to upgrade the cards to full cards by coming to the library and providing identification, and electronic resources were the key way of providing service with libraries closed.

Given the expiration of the Massachusetts COVID-19 State of Emergency on June 15, and due to library requests and library reopenings, with the consent of Executive Board, we will return to the two-week provisional card life on June 15th. It is a system-wide setting, not adjustable on a per-library basis.

Existing provisional cards will have their full six month duration, this change only applies to newly issued accounts.  Expiring provisional card holders are sent a message in advance.

Please contact support@noblenet.org with any questions.

Tech Expo June 8th via Zoom

We are reinstating our annual spring Tech Expo on June 8th, this year via Zoom.

As usual, there will be a series of sessions starting at 10 am through 2 pm focused on technology in NOBLE libraries, with librarians as well as NOBLE staff participating.  You can drop in for one session or stay online for them all.

Details on the sessions will be forthcoming soon.

NOBLE Morning with EBSCO May 13th

Our annual EBSCO update is virtual this year, on May 13th, 10 am to noon via Zoom.  All the presentations will be done by EBSCO staff.
On the agenda:
  • Business Source Premier, comparing the pros and cons of access through the Business Source Interface (with more options specific to business searching) and through the ehost interface (where you can find results from other databases as well).
  • Learning Express Library updates including a possible preview of the new app
  • EBSCO Ebooks collections for public and academic libraries
  • NoveList updates — new and interesting ways the Novelist team is highlighting titles/searches focusing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Q&A
Please register in advance.  Contact us with any questions

Rediscovering New England Collection Added to OverDrive

NOBLE has added another new collection to our shared OverDrive collection, Rediscovering New England.  Rediscover New England’s rich history, scenic beauty and colorful stories. Hikes, drives, and sites are nearby for a daytrip or longer stay, or just curl up with a good local story.

The new collection continues our theme of responding to the effects of the pandemic, recognizing the greater interest in daytrips and local vacations and local history and supporting the local economy.  The new collection was funded through additional funding provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ LEA program.

MBLC LEA Grant Expands NOBLE OverDrive Collection

A $33,000 grant from the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners’ LEA program will be used for OverDrive titles in topics that will address some of the needs exposed by the effects of the pandemic on our users.

The funds will be used to bolster our collection with workforce skills titles for jobseekers, study skills support in times of remote and hybrid learning, picture book videos to help young learners with reading skills while providing some diversion to aid working-from-home parents, and provide a collection of Spanish and Portuguese language titles, a sizable population in our area that has not been represented in our collection.

The new titles are beginning to appear in our collection now.