Discover Database Treasures with the 'Digital Spotlight' Series

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January 07, 2021

By Mark Knox

Categories: Collections, Spotlight

Over the past several months we have been releasing a weekly video series called Digital Spotlight on the Library's YouTube channel and social media.

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Each 3-minute-ish episode dives into one of MGPL’s many databases and online resources. As your intrepid narrator, I try to keep them brief, informative, and, when possible, peppered generously with dry humor.

One of the main goals is to show you neat and helpful tools you might not know about. We have a lot of databases, and they are not all are alike. Some are meant to be educational, while others are geared towards entertainment. Some serve one function, while others have many.

The videos look at the whole gamut of databases and try to have a bit of fun along the way. And the increased time at home most of us are experiencing makes this a great time to explore these resources.

Find some niche magazine on PressReader that speaks to you. Learn about the drivetrain on the new car you're considering with Consumer Reports. Catch a classic movie on Kanopy.

Checking out this series is a great way to find out what your library card can do for you.


Where to start

I've done 12 videos thus far, spanning many of our databases, downloadables, and “e-stuff” generally. Try one that interests you and see what you can do with your library card:

Thanks for watching!

Mark Knox is an Adult Services Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library.