NCBI Smart Hub tutorial – Part Three – Library and Talking Newspaper members

NCBI service users ex Rose of Tralee Aine Sullivan and comedian Robbie Ford standing face to face and laughing in front of a black and glowing blue background at the launch of myNCBI Smart Hub

Welcome to part three of the myNCBI Smart Hub Tutorial blogs. In these blogs, we will outline how you can make the most of your experience using the myNCBI Smart Hub. At the start of each of these blogs, we will remind you how to get the Smart Hub fired up on your smart speaker, such as an Amazon Alexa device or a Google Nest device.

How do I get started?

To launch the Smart Hub skill simply begin with the command that engaged your smart speaker whether this be ‘Alexa’ or ‘Hey, Google’.

For example, you can said: “Alexa, talk to myNCBI” or “Alexa, speak to myNCBI” or some variation of this command.

Once the skill has launched, you will hear the main options menu which lists the information you can access.

The skill provides information on the following topics:

  • NCBI Core Services
  • NCBI Additional Services
  • Sight Loss Conditions
  • NCBI Labs Services
  • Advocacy

In this blog we will focus on using the NCBI Library and Talking Newspapers.

Library and Talking Newspaper members

Last time out we wrote about how to access NCBI’s podcast offering through the myNCBI Smart Hub, but this time it’s all about NCBI Library and Talking Newspapers.

If you are a member of NCBI’s Library or Talking Newspapers group, you can listen to audio recordings from 17 Irish magazines and newspapers through the Smart Hub. Once in the skill, you can tell your smart speaker device “I’d like to listen to a magazine”. When you do this you’ll hear a list of all the titles you can choose from, and then you’ll be asked which genre you’d like to listen to. This will play the latest audio article.

The pause, stop, and change episodes controls which we went through in the podcasts blog can be used to control the articles you hear through the Smart Hub. If you have not set a favourite genre, your device will ask you if you’d like to set the current genre you are listening to as your favourite. This means that you will receive notifications on your smart speaker when a new recording from that genre is uploaded, as long as you have notifications enabled.

To enable notifications, go to your smart speaker mobile application, navigate to your myNCBI skill, and grant notification permission in the skill settings. If you are a service user and would like to become an NCBI Library or Talking Newspaper member to access these audio magazines please request a call back by asking your smart speaker to ‘request a call back from NCBI’ or by calling us directly on our infoline – 1800 911 250.