28 February 2008

Logging in

Some of you have noticed that you no longer need the password given out in training to access the Listen Up! Vermont web site. The site is in the "go live" process, and trust me when I say that we all owe a million thanks to Chris Kirby from Ilsley Public in Middlebury for all of his incredibly detailed hard work getting the site ready.

Sometime in the next two days, you will see a pull-down menu for your patrons to choose your library from when they try to log in, and then a request for their library card number. If you have a check digit at the end of your barcode OR you are not automated, we are still in the process of figuring out exactly the best way for your patrons to log in. It looks as though check digits will be okay, and that non-automated patrons will have to log in using the combination of the prefix your library gave to the GMLC and your patron number. Stay tuned for a confirmation on that. (Update, 4:18pm: all participants should have received an email from Stephanie with more information about logging in and some cards to doctor up and hand out. Please let me know by email if you did not receive them -- schase[at]stowelibrary.org.)

In the meantime, you might find that your library card is rejected, or that you can't see your library name yet, etc -- don't fret. Let's just give Chris and the team at OverDrive the time they need to finish up, and keep checking back!

27 February 2008

Promotional materials

Don't worry -- we are working on getting promotional materials for the Listen Up! project. Where we're all volunteers, sometimes things take a bit longer, but custom-made bookmarks directly from OverDrive will be available in a few weeks (every member will get some for free -- more on that closer to their arrival), and once our custom materials are created, libraries may order posters, shelf-talkers, little business cards, and more bookmarks directly.

In the meantime, feel free to access OverDrive's standard materials. Print these out in color for yourself. You can also download the price list for purchasing custom materials later, by scrolling down inside the Box widget (the policies are still below, too):


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Here's a link to web logos, for you to put on your web site:

http://www.overdrive.com/products/dlr/logos/

Two more things should be coming soon down the pike: a press release for us to all share, and access to some more standard materials.

25 February 2008

New additions

Hello all,

after our Selection Committee meeting today, here are the most recent additions to our collection -- some mysteries, language learning, and more:

1916 Morgan Llywelyn, Fiacre Douglas
The Black Echo Michael Connelly, Dick Hill
Blacklist Sara Paretsky, Sandra Burr
The Book of Old Houses Sarah Graves, Lindsay Ellison
Brother Odd Dean Koontz
By Order of the President W.E.B. Griffin, Dick Hill
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain Lilian Jackson Braun, George Guidall
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief Lilian Jackson Braun, George Guidal
The Chase Clive Cussler, Scott Brick
The Cold War John Lewis Gaddis, Jay Gregory, Alan Sklar, (p) 2005 HighBridge Company.
The Darkest Evening of the Year Dean Koontz, Kirsten Kairos
Dead Heat Dick Francis, Martin Jarvis
Dead Wrong J.A. Jance, Susan Ericksen
Death of a Gentle Lady M. C. Beaton, Graeme Malcolm
The Dogs of Riga Henning Mankell, Dick Hill
Don't Know Much About American History Kenneth C. Davis, Oliver Wyman
Don't Know Much About World Myths Kenneth C. Davis, Jason Harris, John Bedford Lloyd, (c) 2005 by Kenneth C. Davis
Double Cross James Patterson
The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins, Christopher Cazenove
Eight Weeks to Optimum Health Andrew Weil, M.D., Stephen Hoye
The Eye of Jade Diane Wei Liang, Cindy Cheung
Eye of the Storm Jack Higgins, Patrick Macnee
Faceless Killers Henning Mankell, Dick Hill
Fire Sale Sara Paretsky, Sandra Burr
Fleshmarket Alley Ian Rankin, Michael Page
Galileo's Daughter Dava Sobel, George Guidall
The Greatest Generation Speaks Tom Brokaw
Hard Call John McCain, Mark Salter, Daniel Hugh Kelly
The Hard Way Lee Child, Dick Hill
The Hunters W.E.B. Griffin, Dick Hill
The Husband Dean Koontz, Holter Graham
In a Sunburned Country Bill Bryson, Bill Bryson
In Cold Blood Truman Capote, Scott Brick
Ireland Frank Delaney, Frank Delaney
Love, Lies and Liquor M.C. Beaton, Donada Peters
Meditations for Relaxation and Stress Reduction Joan Borysenko
Meditations for Self-Healing and Inner Power Joan Borysenko
Now & Then Robert B. Parker, Joe Mantegna
Paradise Lost J. A. Jance, Stephanie Brush
Partner in Crime J. A. Jance, Stephanie Brush, Gene Engene
Resurrection Men Ian Rankin, Joe Dunlop
The Saboteurs W.E.B. Griffin, David Colacci
Shattered Dick Francis, Fiacre Douglas
Spare Change Robert B. Parker, Kate Burton
Stranger in Paradise Robert B. Parker, James Naughton
Thunder Point Jack Higgins, Christian Rodska
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell, ©Malcom Gladwell
Trap Door Sarah Graves, Lindsay Ellison
Women's Murder Club Box Set, Volume 1 James Patterson, etc
The Woods Harlan Coben, Scott Brick
Worth the Fighting For John McCain, Dan Cashman
The Call of the Wild Jack London, Patrick Lawlor
All-Audio French Step 1 Living Language
All-Audio Italian 1 Living Language
All-Audio Spanish Step 1 Living Language
French For Dummies Zoe Erotopoulos, Ph.D.
Hear-Say French Donald S. Rivera
Hear-Say Italian Donald S. Rivera
Hear-Say Spanish Donald S. Rivera
In-Flight Chinese Living Language
In-Flight Japanese Living Language
In-Flight Russian Living Language
Instant Immersion French TOPICS Entertainment
Instant Immersion Spanish TOPICS Entertainment
Italian For Dummies Teresa L. Picarazzi
Learn In Your Car French Level One Henry N. Raymond
Learn In Your Car Italian Level One Henry N. Raymond
VocabuLearn Russian Level 1 Penton Overseas, Inc.
A Great and Terrible Beauty Libba Bray, Jo Wyatt
Rebel Angels Libba Bray, Josephine Bailey
The Sweet Far Thing Libba Bray, Josephine Bailey

21 February 2008

Policies for Listen Up!

Please feel free to download and review the policies below:


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These policies cover the selection of materials (created from suggestions of the original group that created Listen Up!) for the project as well as the circulation policies (the terms of which were drawn from the most popular responses from GMLC participants). There is also a reconsideration of materials form, in case any of your patrons object to a title in the collection.

And who are the Board of Directors? For this first year of the GMLC, Judah Hamer (Rutland), Lucinda Walker (Norwich), and Stephanie Chase (Stowe) are serving as the three member board. We'll be responsible for creating policies (such as these), guiding the Consortium through the incorporation process in Vermont and the Federal 501(c)3 process, and creating bylaws.

20 February 2008

DCF and Green Mountain titles

We're getting closer and closer to our March 1 start date. I hope everyone has been enjoying the trainings!

I wanted to let folks know that if you would like to direct your patrons, students, or staff to the titles in our downloadable collection that are either DCF or Green Mountain Book Award titles, you can give them the following link:

http://www.listenupvermont.org/award

This link will take them directly to that collection (once we have correctly assigned the titles, of course, and after March 1!).

19 February 2008

FAQ: questions from trainings

Hello all,

here are a few more questions from the trainings:
  • If the audio book is in my basket or waiting for someone to pick up the hold, is it available? No. Just as in your physical library, if someone is carrying the book around or it is on the hold shelf waiting for someone, someone else can't pick it up.
  • Who chooses Staff Picks? Well, really, we all can. Did you listen to one of the audio books in our collection that you really liked? Let us know, and we can add it there!
  • Can a patron see what they have taken out before? Not on the web site. I have noticed, though, that titles can stay in the OverDrive Media Console.
  • What if I -- or my patrons -- need help? A recording of the Tuesday 3pm training will be available for us to have later. That's great if you couldn't make a training. All participants will have the slides from the presentation emailed to them as well -- let Stephanie know at schase[at]stowelibrary.org know if you need one of those slide PDFs. You have some other fabulous options, too, at the top right for help -- the 25-minute guided tour, check out assistance (with information on borrowing policies), and more.
  • What about promotional materials? We have purposefully waited to put out the promotional materials until after the trainings. The service is set to go live on March 1, but we imagine this will be a "soft" opening -- letting the momentum build up slowly, as library staff becomes comfortable with the service. Look for publicity materials to start becoming available next week.
  • What is this 10 digit number I am using? This is just while the site is in development. Once we go live, your patrons will use whatever the number was you gave to the GMLC. That might be your 14 digit barcode, or it might be your 4 digit prefix plus a two or three or four digit patron number.
Feel free to sit in on more than one training, and get on the site and start practicing! Go to http://www.listenupvermont.org and use the info provided to you by Annie in training.

18 February 2008

FAQ: questions from training sessions

I sat in on most of this morning's training, and here are some questions that came up. The first two were answered by Annie from OverDrive:
  • Where does the ISBN for a digital title come from?OverDrive uses the ISBN from the audio book on CD version of the title.
  • How can a library block the downloading of content within the library?
    If you want to block the downloading of content from within the library, please let Stephanie Chase know the IP address range of the patron facing computers and she can work with your Project Manager to enable this for you. The patrons will still be able to browse and checkout content from within the library, however they will not be able to download the actual content. If you are not able to separate patron and staff computers, OverDrive can provide you with a URL to block from within the library.
  • Who is doing the purchasing? The purchasing is done by your five-member selection committee for the entire consortium. Individual libraries are more than welcome to contribute additional funds, although titles purchased with those funds will be available to the entire consortium.
  • What about burning to cd? The majority of OverDrive's collection can be burned to cd. The ability to burn to cd is determined by the publisher of the content. Once burned to cd, the patron may keep the cds for life for their own personal use. It would be "against the rules" for the patron to upload the file to a file-sharing site or for the library to circulate the burned cds.
  • Can I "return" a book early? The downloadable audio books are checked out to a patron for a one-week period, and cannot be "checked back in" early -- the file will become unusable on the patron's computer at the end of the week-long period and available again for download. The main reason for this is digital rights management -- it prevents patrons from abusing the system.
  • What about moving the file to a mp3 player? During the check out period, the audio book file can be put on to a mp3 player -- some publishers limit the number of devices the file can be copied to (for example, to 20). Others do not. Teachers and school librarians might want to think of the implications of this for class-wide access to titles.
  • How long does the file stay on my mp3 player? With very, very few exceptions (such as a smart phone or pocket pc), mp3 players do not recognize the file expiration date. So, the audio book stays on your mp3 player until you take it off.
  • Why can't I find my favorite author? Well, the consortium might have not purchased anything by your favorite author. Or, you might have looked for the author using the method we often employ in libraries: last name, first name. The search in OverDrive is a search string, so it looks for the words in order. So, look for James Patterson instead of Patterson, James.
  • How long do I have to download the parts? You have the week-long check out period. So, you could download a part or two a day, if you wanted.
  • Can I use this on a Mac? You need a Windows-based operating system (98 second edition, ME, 2000, XP or Vista) to download the title. The digital rights management (DRM) that allows for checking items in and out uses Windows Media Player version 9 or higher. Windows Media Player for Macs is based on an older version.
Something I will check on is what permissions OverDrive has for schools. For example, could a teacher burn a copy of an audio book to cd and keep it as part of their personal classroom collection, for students to access? What are the "public performance rights" in a classroom?


13 February 2008

New for children & young adults

And, last but not least, with apologies on all these posts for the author/reader info getting cut off:

A Single Shard Linda Sue Park, Graeme Malcolm
Airborn Kenneth Oppel, David Kelly, Daniel Bostick, Bruce Coville, Daniel Bostick
An Abundance of Katherines John Green, Jeff Woodman
Anansi the Spider Gerald McDermott, Dr. John J. Akar
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Judy Blume, Laura Hamilton
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer, Nathaniel Parker
Because of Winn Dixie Kate DiCamillo, Cherry Jones
Boy Meets Boy David Levithan, Nick Robideau, Daniel Bostick, Bruce Coville, Daniel Bostick
Bread and Roses, Too Katherine Paterson, Lorna Raver
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl, Eric Idle
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer, Ilyana Kadushin
Eldest Christopher Paolini, Gerard Doyle
Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine, Eden Riegel
Eragon Christopher Paolini, Gerard Doyle
Flush Carl Hiaasen, Michael Welch, (c) 2005 by Carl Hiaasen
Gossamer Lois Lowry, Anne Twomey
Gossip Girl Cecily von Ziegsar, Christina Ricci, Maria DeLuca
Harry the Dirty Dog Gene Zion, Ernest Troost
Hatchet Gary Paulsen, Peter Coyote
Hattie Big Sky Kirby Larson, Kirsten Potter
Holes Louis Sachar, Kerry Beyer
Hoot Carl Hiaasen, Chad Lowe
How I Live Now Meg Rosoff, Kim Mai Guest
I Stink! Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan, Andy Richter
In the Night Kitchen Maurice Sendak, Peter Schickele
Junie B. Jones Collection: Books 1-4 Barbara Park, Lana Quintal
Knuffle Bunny Mo Willems, Trixie Willems
Looking for Alaska John Green, Jeff Woodman
Loser Jerry Spinelli, Steve Buscemi, (c) 2002 HarperCollins Publishers, (c) 2002 by Jerry Spinelli
Love, Stargirl Jerry Spinelli, Mandy Siegfried
Magic Tree House Collection Books 1-8 Mary Pope Osborne, Mary Pope Osborne
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli, Epatha S. Merkerson
New Moon Stephenie Meyer, Ilyana Kadushin
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog Gennifer Choldenko, Ariadne Meyers
Number the Stars Lois Lowry, Blair Brown
Olive's Ocean Kevin Henkes, Blair Brown
Out of the Dust Karen Hesse, Marika Mashburn
Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Peter Macnicol
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson, Mandy Siegfried
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli, John Ritter
Strega Nona Tomie dePaola, Rex Robbins
The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman, Philip Pullman, Full Cast, (c) 2000 Philip Pullman
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation M. T. Anderson, Peter Francis James
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket, Tim Curry
The BFG Roald Dahl, Natasha Richardson, © 1982 Roald Dahl Nominee, Ltd
The Book Thief Markus Zusak, Allan Corduner
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit Paula Danziger, Caitlin Brodnick, Bruce Coville, Bruce Coville, Daniel Bostick
The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau, Wendy Dillon
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman, Philip Pullman, Full Cast, (c) 1995 Philip Pullman
The Higher Power of Lucky Susan Patron, Cassandra Campbell
The Mercy Watson Collection: Volume 1 Kate Dicamillo, Ron Mclarty
The Mercy Watson Collection: Volume 2 Kate Dicamillo, Ron Mclarty
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Kate DiCamillo, Judith Ivey, (c) 2006 Kate DiCamillo
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares, Angela Goethals
The Subtle Knife Philip Pullman
The Tale of Despereaux Kate Dicamillo, Graeme Malcolm
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Christopher Paul Curtis, Levar Burton
Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen, Lee Tergesen
Twilight Stephenie Meyer, Ilyana Kadushin
Witness Karen Hesse

Look for MARC records to be available soon for all our new titles.

New classics

In addition to our Always Available titles, comprised almost entirely of classics, here's our latest order:

2001 Arthur C. Clarke, Dick Hill
A Boy's Will Robert Frost, Alex Wilson
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle, Madeleine L'Engle
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser
Charlotte's Web E. B. White, E. B. White
Hamlet William Shakespeare, John Gielgud, Marian Spencer, Celia Johnson, Andrew Cruickshank
Henry V William Shakespeare, Samuel West, Timothy West, Cathy Sara, Full Cast
King Lear William Shakespeare, Paul Scofield, Alec McCowen, Kenneth Branagh, Full Cast
Lord of the Flies Sir William Golding, Sir William Golding
Macbeth William Shakespeare, Full Cast Dramatization
Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare, Rex Harrison
Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie, David Suchet
My Brother Sam is Dead James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier, John C. Brown
Othello William Shakespeare, Hugh Quarshie, Anton Lesser, Emma Fielding, Full Cast
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Beverly Cleary, Stockard Channing
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor, Lynne Thigpen
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare, Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale, Full Cast
Roots Alex Haley, Avery Brooks
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut, Ethan Hawke
The Giver Lois Lowry, Ron Rifkin
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams, Martin Freeman
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien, ©BBC Audiobooks Ltd 2007
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring J. R. R. Tolkien, Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens, John Le Mesurier, Peter Woodthorpe, © BBC Audiobooks Ltd 2007
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King J. R. R. Tolkien, Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens, John Le Mesurier, Peter Woodthorpe, © BBC Audiobooks Ltd 2007
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers J. R. R. Tolkien, Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens, John Le Mesurier, Peter Woodthorpe, © BBC Audiobooks Ltd 2007
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett, © Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1996
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth George Speare, Mary Beth Hurt
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak, Peter Schickele

New titles in the adult collection

It just keeps getting more exciting!

"T" is For Trespass Sue Grafton, Judy Kaye
7th Heaven James Patterson, Carolyn Mccormick
A Briefer History of Time Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow, Erik Davies, (c) 2005 by Stephen Hawking
A Feast for Crows George R.R. Martin, John Lee, (c) 2005 by George R.R. Martin
A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah, Dominic Hoffman
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water Michael Dorris, Barbara Rosenblat
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
Atonement Ian McEwan, Josephine Bailey
Before You Know Kindness Chris Bohjalian, Susan Denaker
Beloved Toni Morrison, Toni Morrison
Beverly Hills Dead Stuart Woods, Tony Roberts
Book of the Dead Patricia Cornwell, Kate Reading
Cross James Patterson, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jay O. Sanders, © James Patterson
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert
Echo Park Michael Connelly, Len Cariou, © Hieronymus, Inc.
For Love of Politics Sally Bedell Smith, Marc Cashman
Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, Stephen J. Dubner
Gilead Marilynne Robinson, Tim Jerome
God Is Not Great Christopher Hitchens, ©Christopher Hitchens
Heat Bill Buford, Michael Kramer
High Noon Nora Roberts, Susan Ericksen
I Am America And So Can You Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Kevin Dorff, Greg Hollimon, Evie McGee, David Pasquesi, Allison Silverman, Bryan Stack, Jon Stewart
I Feel Bad About My Neck Nora Ephron, Nora Ephron
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer, Philip Franklin
Lean Mean Thirteen Janet Evanovich, Lorelei King
Longitudes and Attitudes Thomas Friedman, Oliver Wyman
Mars Ben Bova, Dick Hill
Playing for Pizza John Grisham, Christopher Evan Welch
Plum Island Nelson Demille, Scott Brick
Plum Lovin' Janet Evanovich, Lorelei King
Plum Lucky Janet Evanovich, Lorelei King
Pompeii Robert Harris, John Lee
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See, Janet Song
St. Albans Fire Archer Mayor, Christopher Graybill
Stone Cold David Baldacci, Ron Mclarty
Suffer the Little Children Donna Leon, David Colacci
Suite Française Irène Némirovsky, Sandra Smith, Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat, (p) 2006 HighBridge Company
The Appeal John Grisham, Michael Beck
The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama, Barack Obama
The Camel Club David Baldacci, Jonathan Davis, © 2005 by Columbus Rose, Ltd.
The Cereal Murders Diane Mott Davidson, Barbara Rosenblat
The Coldest Winter David Halberstam, Scott Brick
The Double Bind Chris Bohjalian, Susan Denaker
The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner, Eric Weiner
The Innocent Man John Grisham, Craig Wasson
The Known World Edward P. Jones, Kevin Free
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold, ©Alice Sebold
The Memory Keeper's Daughter Kim Edwards, Martha Plimpton, © 2005 Kim Edwards
The Notebook & The Wedding Box Set Nicolas Sparks, Barry Bostwick, Tom Wopat, © 2006 Nicholas Sparks
The Reserve Russell Banks, Tom Stechschulte, (c) 2008 HarperCollins Publishers, (c) 2008 by Russell Banks
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd, Jenna Lamia, (p) 2001 HighBridge Company
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry Kathleen Flinn, Cassandra Campbell
The World is Flat Thomas L. Friedman, Oliver Wyman
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion, Barbara Caruso, (p) 2005 HighBridge Company, Original material © 2005 Joan Didion
Through a Glass, Darkly Donna Leon, David Colacci
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom, Mitch Albom
Twelve Sharp Janet Evanovich, Lorelei King
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen, David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones, (p) 2006 HighBridge Company, Original material © 2006 Sara Gruen. Recorded by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
World Without End Ken Follett, John Lee

12 February 2008

A note on trainings

We hope everyone is looking forward to taking the Digital Library 1o1 courses next week, offered by OverDrive!

We have participants signed up for every time slot, so all five trainings will run. If you need to switch training times, no problem -- unless you are switching out of the Tuesday or Thursday 3pm time slots, which are the smallest. If that's the case, be sure to let me know at schase[at]stowelibrary.org.

School librarians -- those 3pm time slots may be an excellent opportunity for you to get your staff, especially your Special Education department, trained!

Misplaced your instructions for accessing the training? Be sure to send me an email! And, in case you need those times again, they are:
  • Monday, Feb 18 at 10am
  • Tuesday, Feb 19 at 10am
  • Tuesday, Feb 19 at 3pm
  • Thursday, Feb 21 at 10am
  • Thursday, Feb 21 at 3pm

11 February 2008

Our first titles!

It is as if our new baby has started its journey out into the world, as we have purchased our first set of titles.

The following titles are in our "Always Available" collection, which means unlimited users may access the titles at any given time. All are from Blackstone Audio.

Title Author & Reader
1984 George Orwell, Simon Prebble
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain, Tom Parker
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain, Pat Bottino
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, Susan O'Malley
Animal Farm George Orwell, Richard Brown
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy, Nadia May
Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery, Susan O'Malley
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Ernest J. Gaines, Tonya Jordan
The Awakening Kate Chopin, Grace Conlin
Beowulf Robertson Dean
Born Confused Tanuja Desai Hidier, Marguerite Gavin
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens, Simon Prebble
The Civil War Shelby Foote, Grover Gardner
The Civil War Shelby Foote, Grover Gardner
The Civil War Shelby Foote, Grover Gardner
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter Beatrix Potter, Nadia May
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri, Ralph Cosham, Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed
Emma Jane Austen, Nadia May
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury, Christopher Hurt
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand, Christopher Hurt
Great Expectations Charles Dickens, Frederick Davidson
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anthony Heald
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad, Frederick Davidson
Heidi Johanna Spyri, Johanna Ward
Kabul Beauty School Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson, Bernadette Dunne
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson, Frederick Davidson
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman, Noah Waterman
Little Men Louisa May Alcott, C. M. Hébert
Little Women Louisa May Alcott, C. M. Hébert
My Ántonia Willa Cather, Jeff Cummings
The Odyssey of Homer Yuri Rasovsky, Full Cast
Persuasion Jane Austen, Nadia May
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen, Nadia May
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane, Pat Bottino
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe, Frederick Davidson
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kristen Underwood
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen, Nadia May
The Sherlock Holmes Theatre Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Full Cast Narration, Yuri Rasovsky
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights Howard Pyle, Stuart Langton
The Story of My Life Helen Keller, Mary Woods
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens, Frederick Davidson
Tales of Terror Edgar Allan Poe, Bruce Blau, David Thorn
The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough, Mary Woods
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas, Simon Vance
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Maggie O'Farrell, Anne Flosnik
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy, Frederick Davidson
White Fang Jack London, Brian Emerson
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame, Mary Woods
Winnie-the-Pooh A. A. Milne, Peter Dennis
The Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum, Anna Fields

07 February 2008

Vote on a logo, and more about MARC

First off -- a question about MARC records. Would people like to purchase MARC records for $1 each from OverDrive? If so, we'll get the records for every title in our collection ready for automated libraries to load in their catalogs.

Another option is that anyone out there using BookWhere -- as we are in Stowe -- to get their MARC records should be able to access MARC records for these titles, as BookWhere draws records from many big libraries that use OverDrive. These records would need to have the embedded URLs changed to reflect our collection.

If we can get a volunteer to download and change the MARC records, we have the opportunity to save $1 every time we buy a book -- that could be $500 or more every year. We only need to buy one set of these MARC records for the entire consortium to share, and the records provide a listing in your catalog for the titles, and a direct link for patrons to access the title through our OverDrive page. Opinion is mixed on this, so we're looking for guidance.

And second, folks seem to be ready to vote on a logo, so here's your chance:



Don't forget to sign up for your trainings! You can only vote once per computer, we have discovered, so if your staff will be doing different days, you'll have to vote from different computers. And, if your whole staff is interested in that Tuesday afternoon time, get them to vote! Don't forget: your whole staff, your volunteers, your trustees -- everyone can take this training.