Earlier this month we switched from Lynda.kiosk to Lynda.library.  There’s a very subtle but important difference in the two products.  Lynda.library is the same content, but it allows the customer to track their progress in a course and to stop and start a course.  This is similar to the experience that a customer has in LearningExpress or Mango Languages.  And just like those two products, the customer must register with their library card number and PIN.  We had a few tech hiccups in the conversion, but everything is working now!

GVRL Top Ten in May

A very nice hodge-podge of titles!

Of the People by the People for the People: A Documentary Record of VotingRights and Electoral Reform vol. 1
Gun Control 2013
Privacy 2014
Great Beers 2010
Gun Violence 2013
Garden Design 2009
Natural Disasters New ed. 2008
Roaring Twenties Reference Library vol. 1: Almanac and Primary Sources
Daily Life through American History in Primary Documents vol. 4
Meltons Encyclopedia of American Religions e8 2009

Mango In May

Here are the top ten languages accessed in May. And just in case you’re curious, about 1/3 of our users are using mobile devices:

Spanish, Latin American
Chinese, Mandarin

Free Online Classes from

During the month of June, the Family History Library will be hosting a number of free online family history classes and webinars. These classes and webinars are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach important family history techniques. They are free to the public. Information about specific classes is listed below, as well as information on how to register for classes.

June 4: Danish Research—Using Multiple Record Types to Find Your Family Webinar. This class starts at 7:00 P.M.

June 11: American Indian Research Webinar. This webinar starts at 6:00 P.M.

June 13: Hispanic Online Resources (in English) Webinar. This webinar starts at 1:00 P.M.

June 17: Preserving Our Slovak Roots in the 21st Century Webinar. This webinar starts at 11:00 A.M.

June 20: Spanish Series Webinars. Class include: La Información Matrimonial, Los Registros de Aspirantes al Sacerdocio y Limpiezas de Sangre, and Las Capellanias y Cofradias. These webinars goes from 1:00 –4:00 P.M.

June 23: Case History: How to Find Ancestors in Digitalarkivet of Norway Webinar. This class starts at 7:00 P.M.

June 23: British classes:  Connecting British and Irish Families Using the “Big 4” Records Types. This class begins at 11:00 A.M.  Understand What England Church Records Are Online. This class begins at 1:00 P.M.

June 24: German classes: Researching Volga Germans—This class begins at 1:00 P.M. Researching South Russia Germans—This class begins at 2:00 P.M.

June 25: British classes: 11:00 A.M. A Royal Flush or Not? Royalty, Nobility, and Gentry Differences; 1:00 P.M. Who’s the Father? Finding the Fathers of Illegitimate Children in England.

June 25: African American Research: Using Plantation Records Webinar. This webinar starts at 6:00 P.M

June 25: Hamburg Passenger Lists Webinar. This webinar starts at 7:00 P.M

June 27: German Research Series. Learning to Read Old German Script(2 hours) and Extracting Information from German Church and Civil Records. Classes are from 9:15 A.M.–12:15 P.M.

Instructions for attending webinars can be viewed by going to Click the Search link. Select Wiki. TypeFamily History Library in the search field and click the top entry (Family History Library). Click link 2.2 (Live Online Classes)for details. Scroll to find the desired date and class and click on the link to get information about attending the class or webinar online.