Superheroes, super new videos and more coming to the library collection

Some of the most popular superheroes in the universe, new videos and more research options are coming to the collection of online materials and services at Sno-Isle Libraries.

The characters from Marvel Comics (above) and DC Comics are coming in digital format to the Sno-Isle Libraries collection starting Jan. 2. Downloads will be available through the existing Hoopla Digital app.

“Every year, we take a look at what new items and services may be available for our customers,” said Mike Hawkins, the electronic resources librarian for the library district. “At the same time, we review the collection for things that may not be as popular and consider whether changes are in order.”

“We’re adding digital downloads of DC and Marvel comics,” Hawkins said. The stable of characters and titles for both companies help them battle for the lead in comics market share, according to industry experts.

DC Comics is well-known for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and many other titles. Among Marvel Comics’ titles are Spider-Man, Thor and Captain America. The comics will be available through the same Hoopla Digital app used now by library customers.

With the increasing popularity of streaming video, Sno-Isle Libraries is adding Kanopy and its range of films including independents, classics and documentaries. Popular titles that will be available through Kanopy include such as “High Noon,” the classic Western starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, Gerta Gerwig’s 2018 Academy Award-nominated  “Lady Bird, the 2017 Academy Award-nominated “The Florida Project” and the 2017 Academy Award Best Picture, “Moonlight.”

Kanopy’s offerings join those already available to customers through OverDrive and Hoopla Digital.

The new comics and video services will start Jan. 2.

Available now is a new online research service, Reference USA. Customers will find the same depth of information and in a presentation similar to AtoZdatabases, which will no longer be available after Dec. 31.

Other research services coming on board are:

  • Small Business Builder – This step-by-step planning tool is for those starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program walks users through the process of developing a business plan.
  • Science in Context – Aimed primarily at students, this resource provides information on hundreds of science topics. The collection includes millions of articles from national and global publications as well as more than 200 experiments, projects and reference content.
  • Global Issues in Context – Another student-oriented resource, this service provides global awareness and perspective while tying together authoritative content to analyze and understand current global issues. It includes reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics and more in a single search.

Some services are being discontinued in 2019.

Streaming music services from Freegal and Hoopla  Digital will end after Dec. 31 due to a combination of the cost to the library district, low use by customers and shifts in the consumer market. Also going away are Price It, a little-used price-estimating program for antiques and collectibles, and Popular Software Tutorials. Hawkins said usage of the software service is overshadowed by the free access library customers have to the heavily used tutorials through