26 June 2008

new MARC records

There are new MARC records in the box widget. The file names are grmlc-20080613a.mrc, grmlc-20080618a.mrc, grmlc-20080620a.mrc

25 June 2008

Additional copies purchased

As much as we'd like to wait on purchasing until we can get mp3 files, we're not sure when this "summer" that will be... so we've purchased additional copies of the following titles:

1916 by Morgan Llywelyn
Careless in red by Elizabeth George
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Harvesting the heart by Jodi Picoult
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

18 June 2008

Round Two Digital Library 101 trainings

All of our Listen Up! Vermont participants are able to access our second round of Digital Library 101 trainings -- here are the dates, followed by the participant codes:

Monday, July 21st at 3pm - 5736006

Tuesday, July 22nd at 10am - 5736006

Wednesday, July 30th at 10am - 7301070

Thursday, July 31st at 3pm - 7301070

As in the past, the trainings can be done anywhere that you can be online and on the phone at the same time. This is a FABULOUS training, covering all the basics, and it lasts about 90 minutes. Please contact Stephanie if you need help accessing the trainings.

17 June 2008

Welcome New Round Two Members!

Hurrah and welcome to our newest Listen Up! Vermont members, who will begin going live with the service in the upcoming month:

Craftsbury Academy
Dover Free Library
Essex High School
Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg
Milton Jr/Sr High School
Milton Public Library
Rockingham Free Public Library
Pierson Library, Shelburne
Waterford School Library
Westford Public Library
Williamstown Middle/High School
Winooski Public Library
Woodbury Community Library

There's still time to join -- let Stephanie Chase (schase[at]stowelibrary.org) know if you'd like to participate or if you have questions.

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.

12 June 2008

iPod update

Many of you have been asking if we know anything about the expected release of mp3 format audiobooks, making Listen Up! Vermont (and all OverDrive users) iPod compatible. We still have not gotten a date, but this was in the most recent Digital Dispatch newsletter:

Team OverDrive is headed to the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim June 28 - July 1. If you are attending, join us in booth #1280 as we demonstrate the latest services and technology for digital media, including the new OverDrive MP3 Audiobook format (compatible with iPods ®). Plus, you'll have a chance to win an MP3 player every 30 minutes.

OverDrive has also released a new version of the OverDrive Media Console:

OverDrive Media Console (OMC) v3.0, now available at your digital library website, offers many features that your patrons have been anticipating. You and all your users are invited to upgrade to the new OMC v3.0.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from our Transfer Wizard, we have added a Burn to CD Wizard. With OMC v3.0, patrons no longer need to launch Windows Media Player to burn to CD. Instead, in just a few clicks, patrons can burn WMA audio titles through OMC. Clicking the ‘Burn’ button launches the Burn Wizard, which guides the user through this simple and straightforward burn process. For your audiobook users who burn titles to CD, they will be excited to learn that the new Burn Wizard splits OverDrive’s Audiobook parts into tracks (based on the existing MediaMarkers), allowing users to more easily navigate content they have burned to CD.

As announced and covered in the press, OverDrive will introduce the new OverDrive MP3 Audiobook (compatible with iPods). OMC v3.0 supports the new MP3 format. When OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks are available (coming Summer 2008), Windows users who have already installed OMC v3.0 will be able to use titles in this format. Users of earlier versions will need to upgrade to OMC v3.0 to enjoy OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks. To learn more about OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks, read the press release and Library Journal’s coverage of the exciting news.

OverDrive is grateful for your feedback and suggestions that have allowed us to release this exciting new version of OverDrive Media Console. If you have any questions, please contact your Project Manager or email our Support Team at support@libraryreserve.com.

This new OMC is supposed to be a step in the direction of Mac compatibility as well; at this time, it is still a Windows-based program.

11 June 2008

Many congrats, Marty Reid!

How thrilled are we to offer congrats to our newly appointed State Librarian, Marty Reid of the Burnham Memorial Library in Colchester, one of our member libraries!

If you're in Chittenden County, take a look in today's Burlington Free Press in the Community section for a brief interview with Marty. If only the article was easily findable
online...

10 June 2008

new MARC records

There are new MARC records in the box widget, including the personal finance titles mentioned by Stephanie below.The file name is grmlc-20080604a.mrc .

05 June 2008

TD BankNorth titles

Thanks to the gift of the Stowe Free and Morristown Centennial Libraries and a TD BankNorth Charitable Foundation grant they received for personal finance titles and workshops, Listen Up! Vermont has added the following personal finance and business titles:

The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received Liz Claman, et al
Blink Malcolm Gladwell, Rafael Monsalve
Financial Freedom Suze Orman
The Four Pillars of Investing William Bernstein, Chris Ryan
The 4-Hour Work Week Timothy Ferriss, Ray Porter
Go Green, Live Rich David Bach, David Bach
Investing For Dummies, 4th Edition Eric Tyson
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing John C. Bogle, Thom Pinto
The Long Tail Chris Anderson, Christopher Nissley
Mortgages for Dummies 2nd Ed. Eric Tyson, Brett Barry
Personal Finance For Dummies, 5th Edition Eric Tyson, Brett
Rich Dad, Poor Dad Robert T. Kiyosaki,et al
Richistan Robert Frank, Dick Hill
The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read Dan Solin, Craig Wollman
Start Late, Finish Rich David Bach, Michael Kramer
Sway Ori Brafman, Rom Brafman, John Apicella
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell
The Wal-Mart Effect Charles Fishman, Alan Sklar
The Warren Buffett Way Robert Hagstrom, Stephen Hoye

04 June 2008

Additional DCF title

Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days, a 2008-2009 DCF title is now available. Thanks to the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Friends of DCF for purchasing two copies of this title!

FAQ: Troubleshooting -- security upgrade (part II)

Here's the question:
I'm am getting the following error message [when I attempt a download]:
Error OXCOOD2728 A security upgrade is required to perform the operation on this file.

Here's the response:
Ask the patron to verify that the date/time is correct on their computer. Next, please ask your patron to follow the steps below to remove the title and empty their temporary internet files:

1. Delete the title from the OverDrive Media Console.
2. In Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet Options.
3. On the 'General' tab, in the 'Temporary Internet Files' section, click the 'Delete Files' button.
4. Check the 'Delete all offline content' checkbox.
5. Click 'OK'.

Next, please ask them to change the ODM file associations by following the steps below:

1. In My Computer or Windows Explorer, go to Tools > Folder Options.
2. Select the 'File Types' tab.
3. Scroll down to the 'ODM' file type.
4. Make sure that the extension is set to open with OverDrive Media Console. If it is not, click the 'Change' button and select OverDrive Media Console.
5. Click 'OK' as needed to save the changes and exit the open windows.
6. Go to the library website and download the book again.

Book recommendations

Do you keep an eye on the GMLC blog, too? It's located at

http://gmlc.wordpress.com/

Several consortium members participated in the Times-Argus Magazine section article Two books and a beach towel, and Stephanie Chase will be on the panel on Friday's Vermont Edition on VPR, making summer reading recommendations. Read more about it at:

http://gmlc.wordpress.com/2008/06/04/reading-recommendations-from
-the-board/


Have you featured in an article or program for summer reading? Send along the links! And don't forget to subscribe to the GMLC blog in your feed reader.

03 June 2008

New adult titles for June

Here are the most recent additions to the Listen Up! Vermont collection:

A Wolf at the Table Augusten Burroughs
Audition Barbara Walters, Bernadette Dunne
The Downhill Lie Carl Hiaasen
Skeletons at the Feast Chris Bohjalian, Mark Bramhall
Plague Ship Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul, Scott Brick
The Whole Truth David Baldacci, Ron McLarty
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim David Sedaris
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Beautiful Boy David Sheff, Anthony Heald
Careless in Red Elizabeth George, John Lee
People of the Book Geraldine Brooks, Edwina Wren
Hold Tight Harlan Coben, Scott Brick
Sundays at Tiffany's James Patterson, Ellen Archer
Sail James Patterson, Howard Roughan
Fearless Fourteen Janet Evanovich, Lorelei King
Harvesting the Heart Jodi Picoult, Cassandra Campbell
Compulsion Jonathan Kellerman, John Rubinstein
In Defense of Food Michael Pollan, Scott Brick
Winter Study Nevada Barr, Joyce Bean
Resolution Robert B. Parker
Not in the Flesh Ruth Rendell
The Senator's Wife Sue Miller, Blair Brown

This may be the last large order we place prior to mp3 content becoming available, sometime this summer.