Forget trickle-down economics, we care about trickle-down library services! But while we’re inventing a new concept, let’s improve the name. Trickle is such a gross (and slow) sounding word. Let’s call Ms. Mac’s school library services theory “Waterfall Library Services”
Our first waterfall topic– getting KC Metro library cards and linking your accounts (library magic at work!)
Take screenshots of all your e-card numbers!! Write PINs on the photos!
Johnson County Public Library (JoCo)
Login Use this to check your card/PIN numbers if you think you already have a card
Kansas City Public Library (KCPL)
Pick the same PIN as JoCo
Then check registered email account to use the verification link to activate your account.
Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL)
When it asks for your pickup location you can pick any– it doesn’t matter unless you plan on borrowing physical items from this library branch.
Then check registered email for account verification link– 1st time PIN birthdate dd/mm/yyyy
Select “My Settings” in your main account menu:
At the bottom of the left sidebar you should see an option to “Link your Accounts”
You will select the new library, enter your new account details, and you should be good to go!
When you have completed the process you will see your three accounts appearing together. You can edit settings for each as needed:
Once you’ve created and linked your accounts go to MCPL settings and reset PIN to match the other two!
Then take a screenshot of the library accounts page that shows all account numbers and write PIN on that photo. Bam, simplification!
It will take time to learn the different systems– be patient and just have fun slowly exploring! I’m here to help you (and your students) navigate– and the public libraries usually have great support as well.
Here are a few library apps I use:
*Libby Pro Tip– the Libby app let’s you add multiple accounts so you can see e/audiobooks from both KCPL and MCPL and magazines from JoCo all in the same place!! What???!!? That makes Libby my top choice for e-reading apps in KC! See this resource for more info on navigating Libby!
***Axis 360 Pro Tip– This is the e/audiobook app for JoCo. I’ve got a video demo of the web browser version [this is what students use on their district devices] here, and a video demo of the iOS app here.