Scenic Regional Library has recently added two new research databases — ChiltonLibrary and Mango Languages.
ChiltonLibrary provides quick online access for the “do-it-yourselfer” for repair, maintenance, and service information on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks back to 1940.
The database is easy to use regardless of an individual’s skill level. It provides step-by-step instructions and detailed information that a “do-it-yourselfer” will need to complete any repair, including videos, animated graphics, close-up photographs, and illustrations. Library patrons can also find diagnostic trouble codes, recall notices, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting guides, and other resources in the database.
ChiltonLibrary replaced AllData, which Scenic Regional offered to its patrons for several years.
“In the past, AllData was a superior product to ChiltonLibrary,” said Scenic Regional Director Steve Campbell. “ChiltonLibrary has improved significantly. The only information that ChiltonLibrary doesn’t provide that they can find in AllData are estimates of how long a repair will take and what a repair will cost. However, there are websites like AutoMD at automd.com that provide that information for free.”
Unlike printed books, the information in ChiltonLibrary is updated on a monthly basis, ensuring the most current and up-to-date information available.
“The biggest drawback to AllData is that it can only be accessed from inside the library. ChiltonLibrary can be accessed by our patrons from home, too. Plus, it’s literally half the price, so it was an easy decision,” Campbell said. “With the money we saved, we were able to add Mango Languages.”
Mango Languages is an interactive online language learning system that teaches conversation skills for real-life situations. Through fun and engaging lessons, the database makes learning a new language fast and easy. Library users listen to actual conversations, sound out new words, and compare their pronunciation to that of native speakers. Mango focuses on practical skills, so users can start speaking after just one lesson. Courses include cultural insights so library users will understand the country’s customs and etiquette, too.
Mango Languages provides instruction in 45 foreign languages and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taught in a user’s native language. These languages include Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, and Italian.
According to Campbell, there aren’t many quality options available for public libraries in the area of online foreign language instruction.
“When Rosetta Stone stopped providing access to public libraries several years ago, there wasn’t really a comparable product on the market to replace it,” he said. “Finally, Mango Languages arrived on the scene a few years ago. We’re happy to be able to offer this great database to our patrons.”
Anyone with a valid Scenic Regional Library card can access these databases 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection. Library users who need assistance accessing any Scenic Regional online database can contact their local branch.