Horry County library now features ‘Netflix-like’ movies, TV shows

jrodriguez@thesunnews.comJanuary 2, 2014 

Les and JoAnn Jones of Surfside get a lesson from Surfside Beach Library reference librarian Michael Easler to maneuver through their Kindle.

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  • How to get the most out of the Horry County Memorial Library (Mobile)

    Find a location

    Residents who do not have a library card can log on to horry.lib.sc.us/locations to find the nearest location. By the end of the month, non-users will be able to sign up for an electronic membership to the library at www.hcml.org.

    Download Apps for your Smartphone, tablet or computer

    To read e-books or to put titles on hold, download the 3M Cloud Library application for your Android, Google Playstore or the App Store for your iPhone.

    To search for titles or ask the library to obtain a copy of a title by using the bar code on the sleeve of a book, download the LibAnywhere app from the Google Playstore or the App Store for your iPhone.

    To stream or download up to 10 movies, TV shows, music albums or audio books per month, download the Hoopla app from the Google Playstore or the App Store for your iPhone.

Horry County Memorial Library now offers its users an opportunity to check out music, movies, audio books and television shows – along with, of course, e-books – all from the comfort of your beach chair.

Soon, users will also be able to search those movies, along with e-books, magazines and more, from an Integrated Library System, or ILS, set to launch later this month, said Clif Boyer, library director.

“What we wanted to do is make things more accessible and easier to access by getting everything in one spot, sort of like a one-stop shopping,” Boyer said. “What the new ILS will do is it will integrate all of that into one spot.”

The system will consist of 40 online databases, including articles from magazines, newspapers, journals and periodicals, as well as e-books, movies, TV shows, audio books and more. Along with the upgrade, users will be able to leave reviews of books, add tags for pertinent search words and even be able to view the Lexile score of a book, or a measurement used mostly for students to gage their reading level.

“Now, if we have that Lexile information, it’s going to include it in our catalogue,” Boyer said.

The library’s current system, which was created in the 1990s, was outdated, and its servers were due for upgrades, which would have totaled $30,000. Boyer knew now was the time to integrate the systems.

“We’re trying to keep up with the times and be relevant,” he said. “We’ve heard and seen what the public wants and we want to be able to get to these types of resources quickly and easily.”

Not a member yet? No worries. When set up, the ILS will allow non-members to become a member of the library and use its internet offerings.

“We think by the middle of January we will have the new ILS up and running,” Boyer said. “And this new ILS will make it easier for people to sign up for a library card with pin and account number.”

Horry County is the first library in the state to have Hoopla, which is the program hosting the movie and TV portion of the library’s new offering. Users will be allowed 10 rentals per month and can either stream the media or download it for use later. Boyer said Horry County is one of a handful of libraries across the state that uses the 3M Cloud Library, which hosts the e-book catalogue.

“We do things differently in this library,” Boyer said. “We don’t want to be at that leading edge, but we do try to stay ahead of it.

He said it is a constant struggle to let people know all the library now has to offer, but when they learn about the new features, membership rises.

“We have all these great resources and people don’t always have time to stop by the library or they don’t want to stop by the library,” Boyer said. “We really want to get our reach to people in communities that probably wouldn’t think about using us.”

Contact JASON M. RODRIGUEZ at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_jrodriguez.

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