18 September 2008

Open Training Month: Collection Checklist

I am continuing to sit in on the Open Training Month sessions offered by OverDrive this month. This morning, I am sitting in on a training called "Collection Checklist: 10 steps to a successful download collection." While it certainly was a training great for our selection committee, I gathered these for all of us:

Again, OverDrive emphasized the importance of having your staff familiar with our downloadable audio book collection -- that means not only your library staff, but, if you are in a school, your teachers!

OverDrive also recommends allowing staff and patrons to easily make suggestions for additions to the collection. This is something we've talked about; currently, we do get suggestions through our participating librarians by individual emails, and attempt to purchase the titles we are sent. Would you like to see a link directly from the Listen Up! Vermont web site, accessible to patrons and staff? Let us know in the comments to this post. If folks want it, we'll have OverDrive put it up!

Push the Always Available titles -- our collection of 75 titles has a mix of classics and new titles, all from Blackstone Publishers. These titles would be perfect to recommend to your local book groups.

As with any collection, the one we are familiar with is sure to be among the most popular. Be sure to try out Listen Up! for yourself, and take a look at all of the posts under the label "promotion" for ideas!

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