15 May 2008

Reports Trainings & Round Two

I got some questions at the Library Conference about accessing statistics for your downloadable audios. Everyone currently participating should have received an OverDrive-generated email containing a username and password to access the reports feature of OverDrive's Content Reserve. Be sure you've gotten this email, as you will want it for our next set of trainings happening next week on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am and 3pm. We'll only be running the most popular, so it looks like the Tuesday 3pm slot will be dropped. The trainings are conducted as usual using ReadyTalk, so all you need is a computer and a phone line, with the ability to be online and on the phone at the same time.

This training is excellent as there is a good deal of information OverDrive collects about circulation and title popularity, etc. Be sure to attend!

I also got a number of questions about Round Two. You can see the original blog post here:

http://vtaudiobooks.blogspot.com/2008/04/information-on-round-two.html

Please note that I made a mistake reading my information from OverDrive -- the GMLC will need your info by July 1 so that your patrons may have access starting no later than August 1. Trainings will happen in July (all members, not just Round Two members, can participate in these trainings). The GMLC can invoice you prior to July 1 if necessary, or you can wait until after July 1. Be sure to take a look at the post and contact me at schase[at]stowelibrary.org if you have any questions or are interested in participating. Really, the more the merrier!

Round Two libraries will be invaluable in providing an influx of funds to purchase titles in mp3 format, due to be available this summer. Audio books in mp3 format will play on any player, including iPods. Any member library is welcome to contribute extra funds they might have (especially now at the end for many of us of our fiscal year) to the "mp3 pot." Let us know and we can send out an invoice!

Finally, non-automated libraries: don't forget that you can get rid of the prefix we originally needed to provide authentication. Your patrons can simply type in their card numbers! You can see Chris Kirby's original post here:

http://vtaudiobooks.blogspot.com/2008/05/simplifying-login-dropping-prefix.html

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