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Thriving with autism
The awesome autistic go-to guide
The mindfulness prescription for adult ADHD
Autism adulthood
Older adults and autism spectrum conditions
What to feed an Asperger
The guide to dating for teenagers with Asperger syndrome
Know your spectrum!
Interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and complex communication needs
What science tells us about autism spectrum disorder
The pattern seekers
Literacy for visual learners
Asanas for autism and special needs
Sleep difficulties and autism spectrum disorders
Starving the anger gremlin
We walk
Positive parenting for autism
An outsider's guide to humans
Nurturing narratives
Mindful living with Asperger's syndrome
Trans and autistic
Supporting transgender autistic youth and adults
Autism in heels
Building communication and independence for children across the autism spectrum
Functional behavior assessment for people with autism
L'estime de soi et l'autiste
L'Autisme expliqué aux non-autistes
Être autiste et ado
Love and asperger's
A room called earth
L'autisme ranconté aux enfants
Living with autism spectrum disorder
but you don't look autistic at all
Autism
Is that clear?
A social story for the rest of us
Putting the pieces together
How to parent like an autistic
Petey goes to P.T.
My brother Charlie
Launching your autistic youth to successful adulthood
The memory and processing guide for neurodiverse learners
Autism and eating disorders in teens
Breath by breath
Drawing autism
BAT and the End of Everything
Bat and the waiting game
A boy called Bat
The journal of best practices
The autistic trans guide to life

Signing up for a library account


In this video, I’m going to show you how to create a new library account. From the library homepage, click "Log in to your account" in the top right-hand corner of the screen. On this next page, you’ll find the "Sign up now" link at the bottom, just below the large "Sign in" button.


From here, there’s a two-step process to complete your registration. First, you’ll need to enter your email address in this field here, and click "Send verification code." This will send a code to your email that you’ll then have to copy and paste back onto this page in order to continue with your registration. So I’m gonna go ahead and enter my email address and click "Send verification code". [The email may take a few minutes to arrive].


Now I’m going to check my email for the code, and here it is right here. So I’m just gonna copy it and paste it into this field here where it says "Verification code". Now I’ll click "Verify code". Now I can proceed with filling out the rest of the form.


The passwords have to be at least eight characters long and they need to contain lowercase letters, uppercase letters, and numbers or symbols.


I’m just gonna enter my name here and click "Create".


And now I have successfully created an account. I’m logged in. You can see that my name now appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and this is my profile page on the library website.


Adding contact info to your profile


The first step is to sign into your library account. If you haven’t already created an account, you can create one for free by following the instructions in the video titled “Signing up for a library account.”


I’ve already created my account and I’m signed in. You can see up in the top right-hand corner my name is now listed, so I’m just going to click on that link and then click on "Your account" and this will take me to my profile page.


From here you’ll need to enter your mailing address and other contact information. You’ll find this under the "Your personal details" tab in the column on the left-hand side of the page. Here you can enter your default library. If you’re planning to mostly use our borrow by mail service I recommend selecting "Ship to my address" as your home library.


And now you can proceed to fill out the rest of this form. I’ll start with my date of birth, my address...and finally my phone number, and click "Submit update request." Once you’ve submitted your contact information and other personal details, please allow up to 24 hours for your changes to be approved by library staff. If you need help sooner, you can contact us at library@aidecanada.ca between nine and five Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday. You’ll receive a confirmation email once your changes have been approved.


Ordering books by mail


To request a book by mail, first search for it using the search bar at the top of the screen and click "Go". Now you can scroll or browse until you find the book you’re looking for, and click the title to go to the book’s page. From here you can click "Place hold" which will take you to the hold confirmation page. And on this page, all you have to do is select "Ship to my address" as your library and click "Request item".


Once you’ve requested your book you’ll find it listed under the holds tab in the "Your summary" section of your profile. You can request up to ten books at a time so if you’d like to continue searching, you could head back up to the search bar at the top of the screen and find whatever else you’re looking for. If this one book is all you need right now you don’t have to take any further steps. This is ready to go. We’ll send you a shipping confirmation when your item has shipped and you’ll also receive delivery notifications from Canada Post by email.


When you’re ready to return your package, you’ll find a prepaid Canada Post shipping label in the box. You just need to attach that label to the same box that you received your delivery in, and then you can either drop it in a red Canada Post mailbox or take it to the post office.






Browsing the Catalogue


[00:00] In this video, I’m going to show you how to create a new library account. From the library homepage, click “Log in to your account” in the top right-hand corner of the screen. On this next page, you’ll find the “Sign up now” link at the bottom, just below the large “Sign in” button.

 

[00:23] From here, there’s a two-step process to complete your registration. First, you’ll need to enter your email address in this field here, and click “Send verification code”. This will send a code to your email that you’ll then have to copy and paste back onto this page in order to continue with your registration. I’m going to go ahead and enter my email address and click “Send verification code”. [The email may take a few minutes to arrive].

 

[00:55] Now I’m going to check my email for the code, and here it is right here. So I’m just gonna copy it and paste it into this field here where it says ‘Verification code’. Now I’ll click ‘Verify code’. Now I can proceed with filling out the rest of the form.

 

[01:24] The passwords have to be at least eight characters long and they need to contain lowercase letters, uppercase letters, and numbers or symbols.

 

[01:44] I’m just gonna enter my name here and click ‘Create’.

 

[02:01] And now I have successfully created an account. I’m logged in. You can see that my name now appears in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and this is my profile page on the library website.

Adding contact info to your profile

TRANSCRIPT

 

[00:00] The first step is to sign into your library account. If you haven’t already created an account, you can create one for free by following the instructions in the video titled “Signing up for a library account”.

 

[00:13] I’ve already created my account and I’m signed in. You can see up in the top right-hand corner my name is now listed, so I’m just going to click on that link and then click on “Your account” and this will take me to my profile page.

 

[00:28] From here you’ll need to enter your mailing address and other contact information. You’ll find this under the “Your personal details” tab in the column on the left-hand side of the page. Here you can enter your default library. If you’re planning to mostly use our borrow by mail service I recommend selecting “Ship to my address” as your home library.

 

[00:54] And now you can proceed to fill out the rest of this form. I’ll start with my date of birth, my address...and finally my phone number, and click “Submit update request”.

 

[01:31] Once you’ve submitted your contact information and other personal details, please allow up to 24 hours for your changes to be approved by library staff. If you need help sooner, you can contact us at library@aidecanada.ca between nine and five Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday. You’ll receive a confirmation email once your changes have been approved.

 

Ordering books by mail

TRANSCRIPT

 

[00:00] To request a book by mail, first search for it using the search bar at the top of the screen...and click “Go”. Now you can scroll or browse until you find the book you’re looking for, and click the title to go to the book’s page. From here you can click “Place hold” which will take you to the hold confirmation page. And on this page, all you have to do is select “Ship to my address” as your library and click “Request item”.

 

[00:47] Once you’ve requested your book you’ll find it listed under the holds tab in the “Your summary” section of your profile. You can request up to ten books at a time so if you’d like to continue searching, you could head back up to the search bar at the top of the screen and find whatever else you’re looking for. If this one book is all you need right now you don’t have to take any further steps. This is ready to go. We’ll send you a shipping confirmation when your item has shipped and you’ll also receive delivery notifications from Canada Post by email.

 

[01:21] When you’re ready to return your package, you’ll find a prepaid Canada Post shipping label in the box. You just need to attach that label to the same box that you received your delivery in, and then you can either drop it in a red Canada Post mailbox or take it to the post office.

Finding books on the library website

TRANSCRIPT

 

[00:00] In this video I’m going to show you a few different ways you can search for books on the library website. You can search using the search bar, refine your search results using subject tags, or explore recommendations according to your needs.

 

[00:15] If you know what you’re looking for, you can use the search bar at the top of the screen to search for specific titles or authors, or if you’re looking for a particular topic, such as education or relationships, you can enter it here.

 

[00:28] Let’s say I’m a highschool teacher and I’m looking for a book on teaching employment skills to teens. I could start by entering the keyword “Employment” in the search bar and clicking “Go”. You can see that we currently have 43 books on employment in the library. But scrolling through the results, it doesn’t look like many of these books are quite what I’m looking for. I’m looking for something that’s a little bit more structured and maybe something that has lesson plans.

 

[01:00] There’s a way that I can filter these results over here on the left-hand side where it says “Refine your search”. If I scroll down to the “Topics” section there’s a list of topics related to my search and I can expand this list by clicking “Show more.” Now I can just skim this list to see if there’s anything that’s relevant to what I’m looking for. You can see about halfway down the page it says “Curricula” so let’s click on that and see what comes back.

 

[01:30] This returns only two results. These are curricula for teaching social skills to teenagers. I can refine these even further by again expanding the “Topics” section and selecting “Resources for educators” to limit this to only books for teachers and other school employees.

 

[01:51] You can see here that there’s only one book that comes back. The title is “Career training and personal planning for students with autism spectrum disorders”. Based on this title and having a quick read over the summary this looks like exactly what I’m looking for, so I’m going to click “Place hold”.

 

[02:12] I live in Vancouver so I’d like to pick my books up in person at the AIDE Canada main library, which is located in the Pacific Autism Family Centre in Richmond. If you live elsewhere in the country or if you’re just not able to make it in to the centre in person to pick up your books, you can select “Ship to my address” from this drop-down menu and we’ll mail the books to you. If you’d like more information about that, you can check out the video “Ordering books by mail” on the library homepage.

 

[02:41] Now that I have my library selected, I’m going to click “Request item”. This is the “Holds” section of your profile on the library website. Once you see a hold listed on this page, the library has received your request. You’ll receive an email notification when your books are ready to pick up or when they’re about to ship if you’ve requested them by mail. You can also cancel your holds from this page if you decide that you no longer need them.

 

[03:09] Now I’m going to show you a different way that you can search for books on the website. If you scroll back up to the top, you can see that there’s a section called “Explore recommendations by.” This is a tool that allows you to explore all the different books and resources that you can find using the search bar and the subject filters that we were just talking about, just in a slightly different way. This allows you to retrieve books that meet certain criteria. If we look at the dropdown menu here under “Needs,” you’ll find things like “Mental health,” “Housing,” “Crisis response,” and “Family support.” Under “Journey stage” you’ll see a list of age groups. This refers to the age group or life stage that the book is primarily about. Under “Audience” we find different audiences for the book, so who the book is for as opposed to who the book is about.

 

[04:08] Let’s say I’m an autistic teenager and I’m looking for books on mental health for myself. I can select “Mental health” from the “Needs” drop-down menu, “Teens” from the “Journey stage” drop-down menu because I’m looking for books about teens, and “People on the spectrum” from the audience menu because I’m looking for books for myself. Now I’m going to click “Go”.

 

[04:33] These are all the books we have specifically for teens. Maybe I can find what I’m looking for here, or maybe I want to expand my search a little bit. If I’d like to see more results, I can go back to the “Topics” list on the left-hand side of the screen and remove the filters for “Resources for people on the spectrum” which will allow me to see resources for all audiences. So you can see that’s significantly more results. I can also remove the “Teens” filter so I can see books for people of all ages and all life stages. We now have 237 results, that’s currently the total number of mental health books we have in the library so I can have a browse through here.

 

[05:22] If I still can’t find what I’m looking for I can go back up to the top and click on the “Request a purchase” link at the top of the screen. You can use this link to ask the library to buy a book that you want that we don’t have. We do our best to purchase all books that are requested by patrons, and if we purchase something you’ve requested we’ll contact you when it arrives and we’ll put it on hold for you.