16 June 2008

Sign up for Round Two!

Hello all,

It's that time again: Round Two of signups for the Listen Up! Vermont downloadable audio book project are underway! If your library isn't currently participating, give it some thought:

** we've gone over 3,000 checkouts in just about three months
** had press all around the state (including the Burlington Free Press, the Times-Argus, and Vermont Public Radio)
** the project serves towns whose populations make up 45% of the state population
** and every member library to date has added, in just three months, more than 300 additional audio titles to their collection, without requiring an inch of shelf space!

Round Two will begin on August 1, 2008, with information due by July 1, 2008. We will accept new member signups until June 30, 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 in July.

All libraries joining Round Two are required to pay a one-time, non-negotiable fee to OverDrive (contact Stephanie at schase[at]stowelibrary.org for the amount of the fee) in addition to their GMLC fee. You can view the 2008 GMLC fees below:

http://vtaudiobooks.blogspot.com/2007/11/faq-how-much-does-it-cost.html

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.

We will offer additional opportunities to join up in the future, perhaps in the Fall, and again in early 2009.

Be sure to let us know if you have any questions -- contact Stephanie Chase at schase[at]stowelibrary.org or check out this blog for answers and info.

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