We have had interest in a Round Two of signups for the Listen Up! Vermont service. If your library isn't participating, give it some thought: we've gone over 1,000 checkouts in just about a month (more on statistics later from Judah Hamer), had press all around the state (be sure to send in links if you've had a great article in your paper), serves towns whose populations make up 45% of the state population, and every member library to date has added about 300 additional audio titles to their collection, without adding an inch of shelf space!
Round Two will begin on July 1, 2008, with information due by June 1, 2008. New member libraries will have access to the full collection of titles, and their Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC) fees will go to purchase additional materials, most likely in mp3 format. These libraries -- as well as all those currently participating -- will have access to another round of Digital Library 101 training.
All libraries joining Round Two are required to pay a one-time, non-negotiable fee to OverDrive (contact me at schase[at]stowelibrary.org for the amount of the fee) in addition to their GMLC fee, listed in the original blog post, here:
This GMLC fee is not pro-rated and covers a calendar year; for Round Two, it purchases you access for July 1 to December 31, 2008. Annual fees will begin to be due again in January 2009 for the 2009 calendar year. We know this might make it difficult for some libraries to join up in July, but it is important that all libraries contribute equally to the creation and building of this new collection of materials. Ask around for support for that fee -- your Friends of the Library, your Board of Trustees, your favorite patron -- by Round Two, your GMLC fee should even be tax-deductible, if you can get a donor to give it!
You might also want to consider waiting to join up for what would be Round Three (or perhaps Four?) in January 2009.
Be sure to let the GMLC know if you have any questions.