News from the Reference Desk Category: Web Resources

Using Ancestry Library Edition from Home

family tree clip artGood news for genealogists and family historians!  ProQuest, the company which makes Ancestry Library Edition available to library patrons, is continuing to allow researchers to access ALE from home until June 30, 2021.  Ancestry Library Edition is the library version of the commercial Ancestry.com database. Mount Prospect card holders can access the Ancestry Library Edition database by going to the Library’s Web Resources page either in the Library or at home.  If you are at home you will first need to enter your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number) in order to get to the full list of resources.  Ancestry Library Edition is at the top of the alphabetical list.

Please know that you can contact the Library’s Research Services Desk by phone, chat or email if you have any questions as you use the database.  The genealogy librarian is also available to chat or to set up a Reference by Appointment session to discuss Ancestry Library Edition or another genealogical research issue you have.

Saying goodbye to LearningExpress Library

Mount Prospect Public Library no longer subscribes to LearningExpress Library or it’s sibling, Jobs and Career Accelerator. Instead we have a subscription to Gale Presents: Petersons Test and Career Prep. This is a valuable online tool library you and students of all ages can use for standardized test preparation, researching and selecting college and graduate schools, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers. Turn future goals into realities with test prep assistance for career certification exams, as well as, advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking, and so much more.

Gale Presents: Udemy

Mount Prospect Public Library card holders now have free access to Gale Presents: Udemy, an online learning platform that connects patrons to video-based courses taught by leading experts in business, technology, and more. Users can explore thousands of continuously updated, on-demand video courses that match their professional goals and personal interests.

Gale Presents: Udemy, from Gale, a Cengage Company, offers a unique, tailor-made learning experience for adults who want to upskill for a new job or advance in their current profession. This top collection, powered by Udemy for Business, helps learners get where they want to be personally and professionally.

Gale Presents: Udemy includes:

  • A wide selection of course topics with high-quality, in-demand content
  • Courses that are added and removed weekly, as new skills and demands emerge in each field
  • An opportunity to learn from world-class instructors working and making advancements in their fields
  • Anytime, anywhere access, allowing users to download classes off-line and listen via podcast-style audio or on Chromecast or Apple TV
  • A tailor-made learning experience based on skill needs and learning preferences
  • Video lectures, most of which offer subtitles and/or transcripts to support a variety of learning styles
  • Supplemental course content, such as assignments, quizzes, practice tests, and more
  • A certificate of completion, available for download when a course is finished

Major course categories include cloud computing, data science, design, development, finance and accounting, human resources, IT operations, leadership and management, marketing, office productivity, personal development, project management and operations, and sales.

Saying Goodbye to Rosetta Stone

Mount Prospect Public Library will no longer be subscribing to Rosetta Stone after December 31, 2020. If you are interested in studying languages, we have three  available on our Web Resources page.

These are Mango Languages, Lingo Lite, and our newest, Gale Present: Udemy.

Of course, we are happy to assist you with any of these. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Westlaw access

While we have reduced services, you will be able to access Westlaw. You will be directed to a registration page which will give you access to Westlaw primary, secondary, litigation, and Practical Law resources for 20 hours over 14 days.

You can follow this link to get started: Westlaw