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The Preserving Memory Collections

Did you know that many CLAMS Libraries have digitized their local historical collections?  We will feature a different historical collection periodically. The Preserving Memory digital archival database is a searchable database of some of Sturgis Library’s most important archival materials, including images of documents, photos and postcards.
The Preserving Memory Collections Include:
Sturgis Library Collections
Stanley W. Smith Collection of Early Land Deeds
Benjamin Harrison Photograph Collection
Sturgis Library Postcard Collection

The Digital Public Library of America launches

On April 18 The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched a beta of its discovery portal and open platform.  Read the press release.

A search today for “cape cod”  returns 433 results – images, text, moving images.  It will grow.   Explore, have fun!

From The Digital Public Library of America website:
“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.


eBook and download Audio book users

For privacy reasons, starting on May 1st, 2013 if you log in to your digital account using your library card number, you will also need a PIN (personal identification number). If you do not already have a PIN or, if you have forgotten your PIN, please set up a PIN here. You may use the same PIN that you use for regular CLAMS catalog transactions. Questions? Contact your local public library.


Library cards — Apply online!

Did you know you may now apply for a CLAMS library card online?
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Public libraries & the community

From Library Services in the Digital Age, a report released on January 22, 2013  by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project:
“The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of
patrons who rely on more traditional resources. In a new survey of Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books
remain important in the digital age.”
Related articles
Takeaways from the Pew Research study on libraries
ALA President welcomes new Pew report on ‘Library Services in the Digital Age’


Educator’s Reference Complete

Educator’s Reference Complete is a selection of academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home.


Welcome to CLAMS!

Welcome to the new look CLAMS webpage.  Find our latest titles, catalog search tips, featured historical digital collections and a CLAMS-wide events calendar.  We hope you enjoy your visit.


Finding information is faster with the CLAMS Libraries mobile app

Join CLAMS’ mobile community now to place materials on hold, renew borrowed items, find  CLAMS libraries and hours, and download e-books, e-audio and video through Overdrive in one step.  The mobile app has a great new way to search: just type the first couple of letters of words. To find titles by James Patterson simply type ” ja pat”.

Use your mobile device to scan the ISBN bar code of any book in a store and the CLAMS Libraries mobile app will automatically scan the CLAMS catalog for the title and place a hold on it if it is in the collection. The CLAMS Libraries mobile app provides instant information anytime

More information about CLAMS and your mobile device.


Become a Sponsor of the CLAMS Digital Download Service

Sponsorship by groups and  individuals welcome.  Gifts of $500 and up: become a “named” Sponsor. Smaller amounts always welcome.  See Please contact your local CLAMS Public Library to become a sponsor.


Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, Continue reading