Digital Maine Library – ChiltonLibrary

A few weeks ago, I blogged a bit about Digital Maine Library    here, what we have known for several years as MARVEL!  I think it’s time for another look at this amazing resource.

As previously mentioned, the website seems to be more colorful – each of the databases appear on the homepage, with pictures, and a bit of information about the database.

Scrolling down the homepage I see ChiltonLibrary.  I click on the link – picture and words are each part of the link – and am taken to the ChiltonLibrary web page.

This page gives me several options.  The tabs along the top are Home (it is the shape of a house) ; Select Vehicle ; ASE Test Prep Quizzes ; Help ; Logout and what looks like and Envelope (this is where I can Ask An Expert.  On the left of the page there are several boxes to fill in with information about a vehicle – Vehicle Selector.  More centered on the page I see information about what information I can find – yes, I know, I did use information twice in the same sentence, but it is what it is!

I’m curious about how far back I can go – how old a vehicle this database will be useful for – 1940 seems to be the answer.  My mother had a 1956 Volkswagen Beetle that she absolutely loved – the small rear window was a big deal for her.  I put that information in the boxes and press the select button.

The next page is titled Your Current Vehicle: 1956 Volkswagen Beetle.  Below that there are two bullet points of data that is available for the vehicle – Repair and Bulletins/Recalls.

I click on Repair.  There is quite a list on the next page!  Above the list is Collapse TOC and Search.  No, I’m sorry, I have absolutely NO idea what TOC means, but it does collapse the list to no list, or opens it to the many choices.

I don’t claim to be a car person – yes, I drive a car, and can and do maintain it, but much if not all of this information is waaaaay beyond my knowledge base.  I see how a person who works with and on vehicles might find this very helpful.

Now I’m curious and check the information on a MUCH newer vehicle – a 2016 Volkswagen Beetle.  This time I am given three choices Repair ; Maintenance and Bulletins/Recalls.  As we just learned, the Repair button is not necessarily useful to me, but the Maintenance and Bulletins/Recalls are something I will find useful.

On the Repair page I am given choices – a Vehicle Configuration Filter.  I don’t have a Beetle, so I’ll make it up as I move through the list.  After making my choices, I am shown a list of what should be done at 5000 miles.  There is a Look Ahead button – this takes me to the 15000 mile service, and beyond that.  Looks like a good place for me!

I go back to Bulletins/Recalls.  This page has a fairly long list of issues to be checked.  I did not re-select my vehicle, so perhaps they don’t all pertain to what I chose, but this is another interesting place to poke around when I’m in the search for a “new to me” vehicle.

Back to the homepage I go.

I click on ASE Test Prep Quizzes.  ASE is short for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.  So these are a great resource for anyone interested in becoming certified in automotive repair.  Something I will do my best to remember for future use with folks looking for this information.

Help is exactly what it says – an online manual for using the ChiltonLibrary.

From a Library standpoint, this is another amazing database provided by the Maine State Library, and one that will be very helpful to folks looking for how to repair their (insert make, model and year here).

From a consumer standpoint, I think it will be useful when searching for that perfect “new to me” vehicle!

Digital Maine Library ~ formerly known as MARVEL!

By now, it may not be a surprise, as the announcement has been made – MARVEL! has changed.  It is now known as Digital Maine Library.  It is still an AMAZING database available to all Maine library card holders.  This database is provided by the Maine State Library.

When I go to the new site, there are several differences.  There is no general search bar visibly available to search the entire site, and there is no alphabet at the top so that I may jump to the database I want.  These are just a couple of the changes I see immediately.

Hmmm . . . At the top of my screen I see the website name, ABOUT, VIDEO TUTORIALS and NEED ASSISTANCE.  Below that, I again see DIGITAL MAINE LIBRARY / GETTING STARTED WITH DIGITAL MAINE LIBRARY / A-Z INDEX / ADVANCED SEARCH.  Below this there is a slide show, with a bit of what we will find here.  Scrolling down the page there are three places I can narrow my search choices – SUBJECT, RESOURCE TYPE and AUDIENCE.

Next there is the content of the site.  At a guess, I would say that there are close to 100 different databases that can be accessed here – WOW!

Okay, I click on the word ABOUT and am taken to a page that gives me some history of MARVEL! and the DIGITAL MAINE LIBRARY.  Very interesting information.

Now I’m interested to see what VIDEO TUTORIALS is all about, so I click there.  A page of a variety of lessons appears – from some of the databases, to Facebook, G mail and Instagram.  I will have to take some time to check these out.

The NEED ASSISTANCE button takes me to a place with information about who to contact with questions about this site.

In the next line of links, I click on Getting Started with Digital Maine Library.  This page gives me answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the new site.

A-Z Index is just that, an alphabetical list of all the resources available here pops up on the left side of the page.

The last link on this line is Advanced Search.  This takes me to a page that discusses a couple of the ways that the website sorts, searches and then presents the information to us.  I have discovered a Search Bar that is not on the home page.  This Search Bar is the one that will search the entire Digital Maine Library website and not only the databases that I choose to look at.  Personally, I hope that this will be moved to the home page for the convenience of all of us.

Back to the home page.

Below the slideshow there are three boxes – Subject ;  Resource Type and  Audience.  Each of these has up and down arrows in the box.  Clicking on the arrows gives me many ways to narrow my search – perhaps define or refine are a better words.  Each set of arrows has many, MANY choices and ways to pinpoint which database(s) will be most appropriate for my search.

Enough for now, I look forward to exploring more on this site, but that will have to wait for another day!