• Monique Gaddy

Easing into E-Resources: RB Digital Magazines

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

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The Hidden Resource:

You may be familiar with many of the materials that you have access to at our library, such as books, CD's, audio-books, magazines, and DVDs. But are you familiar with the array of resources that are available electronically? Do you know what an electronic resource is? For those of you who are willing to take a journey into the vast world of electronic resources, this blog series is for you.

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RB Digital Magazines:

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do at my library was pull every magazine that interested me off the rack and sit and read through them for hours. My family and I would go to the library about once a week and spend hours reading as a family, and I remember reading all sorts of different things - some fashion, some nature, and a few interesting articles on social science and history. My library even subscribed to a magazine called Native American Art, where I could catch up on the art world from my culture. Through one of the National Geographic issues I learned what an angler-fish was, and I was obsessed with the ocean’s abyss for a while.

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The Collection:

While you can still come to the library and enjoy reading a stack of magazines (come say hi to reference if you do!), our RB Digital Magazines collection is vast. At my last count, there were 123 different magazine collections to browse through. While I like to think I still have time to read a magazine at my local library, I usually catch up on articles on the go, or at home while I am relaxing. It’s so easy to open the app and read my favorites straight off of my phone or laptop. In fact, some of my favorite magazines are available only through RB Digital.

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Devices, Helpful Hints, and Tutoring:

RB Digital is available through the iPhone App store, Google Play, or Kindle Fire. There are magazines from all types of genres, for kids and for adults, and they cover a vast amount of topics and interests. All you need to get started is a library card!

Create an account and you can check out magazines whenever you want! For handheld devices or tablets, you can read magazines through the RB Digital app. If you get lost or need some help, come to the library, or give us a call, and we can give you a hand. If it seems like it might take more time than we can offer on the spot, we can set you up with a free, one-on-one tech tutor appointment. You can also watch the RB Digital tutorial on Niche Academy if you want to learn on your own.

Once you have created an account, you can borrow magazines and read them straight from your device or computer, no need to try to check them out and keep them in good condition, or come to the library to read them! RB Digital Magazines count as a checkout through your RB Digital app, so the normal item checkout limitations apply. Currently, I have Marie Claire checked out , a favorite of mine that we don’t carry in a physical format. You can change the way you read the magazine on your device; I prefer the text view when I read off of my computer or my iPhone. I find it easier to read. You can also zoom in, print, and bookmark sections. Once you are finished, return the item to clear it off of your account.

Up Next: Freegal

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We covered all the facets of RB Digital so far, as well as a few other resources. Catch up on the other e-resource blogs when you have time! Up next we have an introduction to Freegal - our free, online music streaming resource! Stay tuned and don’t forget, it’s never too late to participate in lifelong learning opportunities at your library. If you need an extra hand, the library is available to help. Until next time, happy reading!

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