30 December 2009

Two Blackstone Titles Withdrawn

Please delete the MARC records in your collection for these two Blackstone titles that have been withdrawn from the collection:

All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gassen

Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

Thank you

New! Tantor Max Access Titles December 2009

Abigal Adams by Woody Holton
A Blue and Gray Christmas by Joan Medlicott
Coal by Barbara Freese
Create Your Own Economy by Tyler Cowen
The First Paul by Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
General Sherman's Christmas by Stanley Weinitraub
Hella Nation by Evan Wright
The Hitler Book by Henrik Eberle
How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson
Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
The Mind-Beauty Connection by Amy Wechsler
Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part by
Mystery Writers of America and Harlan Coben
Prisoner of the State by Bao Pu
The Prophet by Kahil Gibran
Saving Cinnamon by Christine Sullivan
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Unmasked by Ian Halperin
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

22 December 2009

Additional mp3 titles for Recorded Books

From the Recorded Books folks:

"NetLibrary and Recorded Books recently replaced over 165 eAudiobook titles with iPod-compatible versions. With this exciting update, the file format of the titles was changed from the WMA (DRM-protected) format to the MP3 (DRM-free) file format."

We're still working on getting MARC records in the right format to share with all of you; if you have downloaded records on your own for Recorded Books, you'll need to change the records on your own (and share your records with us!).

15 December 2009

A Note on Keeping in Touch

We would like to remind all of our member libraries how important it is for you to keep up with the news for the GMLC -- the GMLC is a volunteer-run organization, and it is incredibly helpful to our volunteers, as well as considerate of their time, to be sure your library isn't asking questions that have already been answered, or missing out on services, training, or news.

We do our best to offer a variety of options for keeping in touch:
  • This blog, which covers only our audiobook programs, and which is available either through RSS feed or by email digest (see the left sidebar);
  • Our main blog, which we suggest member libraries follow, which contains news on all our programs (including the posts from the audiobook blog) as well as Board of Directors meetings, etc -- available at http://gmlc.wordpress.com. As above, you can subscribe either through RSS feed or an email digest (see the right sidebar);
  • Become a fan on Facebook. Our GMLC blog feeds into Facebook, so you won't miss a thing -- you will actually get more news and notes!
  • Follow us on Twitter. Facebook and the GMLC blog feed into our Twitter stream.
We try our hardest to avoid mass emails, which either get lost in our vast inboxes or annoy the recipients. Choosing one of the four options above is the best plan, and will help ensure our volunteers do not receive too many email queries.

14 December 2009

News on Training

Bobbi Slossar at the NH DOL let me pass this news along:

I wanted to let you know that I'll be holding an audiobook training at the Howe Library (Hanover) in February and that any interested VT librarians are welcome to attend.

We'll be holding the training in the large meeting room of the Howe. Librarians can bring their own laptops or simply watch the training on the screen. Pam and hopefully some other audiobook savvy librarians will be roaming throughout the participants helping individuals as needed.

I hope this is helpful to some of our "border" libraries!

Please ask people to sign up at the following site:

The training will be on February 3rd at the Howe Library in Hanover from 9:00-12:00. There will be a snow date for the training the following Wednesday, February 10th.

If you have wanted the opportunity to have a face-to-face training on OverDrive, here is the perfect opportunity. While, obviously, Bobbi will be doing the training on the NH site, the principles are the same.

11 December 2009

New Titles Added ~ December 2009

Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Conover Heller
Barack and Michelle by Christopher Andersen
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
Blood's A Rover by James Ellroy
Breathless by Dean Koontz
Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman
A Christmas Promise by Anne Perry
The City & The City by China Mieville
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles
The Imperial Cruise by James Bradley
Invisible by Paul Auster
Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle
When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird, Dick Hill, Earvin Magic Johnson
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson

04 December 2009

Round Five Signups

Hello all,

Just a reminder that the next round of signups for Listen Up! Vermont, Round Five, is coming right up -- the last date for notification is December 11. This is the ONLY opportunity in 2010 to join; the next round will not be until January 2011.

If you are interested in participating, the fee for schools for 2010 is 3.25% of your materials budget, and for publics, 4.75%. Discounts may be available depending on your materials budget. For publics, this will also gain you access to the Recorded Books downloadable audio book
program in September 2010.

To express interest in joining, please fill out the information required in the following form:

For each new library, there is also an administrative fee the GMLC must pay to OverDrive. This fee pays to set up your library on the OverDrive system, as well as supporting new rounds of training.

Questions? Please contact me at schase@stowelibrary.org. Again, in order to participate, we must know of your interest by December 11.


Recorded Books Stats

Just a reminder: every libray should have received an email from OCLC detailing how to access your library's statistics. This email should have included your login and password.

Joe suggests:

  • Go to http://www.netlibrary.com/resourcecenter
  • Click on the reports section
  • Search for Activity by Title, and then click on "Lifetime of Account" or choose the date range, and then "All Netlibrary Usage"
  • You will have to scroll to the bottom for the total numbers.

02 December 2009

Audio Book Comparison Table

My prayers were answered by Kim Peine of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston: a chart comparing the OverDrive and Recorded Books audio programs!

This will be handy for your staff and patrons; why not link to it from your web site?


Thank you, Kim!

01 December 2009

FAQ on audio programs

I have created two new FAQ pages to help librarians with our two downloadable audio book services:

Listen Up! Vermont FAQ
Recorded Books One Click FAQ

There are differences between the programs -- the two most important being:
  • all titles on Listen Up! are iPod compatible when transferred to an iPod using a PC
  • only mp3 formatted titles from Recorded Books can be used with an iPod, regardless of the computer you are using
  • the vast majority of titles on Listen Up! are one-copy, one-user, and are checked out for 7 days. Titles do not expire off a portable device, but do expire on your computer.
  • titles on Recorded Books are always available, are checked out for 21 days, and do expire off your portable device and computer
A chart comparing the two would be great. Any volunteers out there... ?

30 November 2009

Neil Gaiman on Audio Books

Did you hear the piece on Morning Edition this morning on NPR, where Neil Gaiman spoke about the audio book with David Sedaris and several audio book narrators, producers, publishers, etc?
Most interesting -- plus, he has that gorgeous voice:


Listen to Neil Gaiman books at Listen Up! Vermont
Listen to David Sedaris books at Listen Up! Vermont

Recorded Books participants -- the collection doesn't contain works by Gaiman or Sedaris, but don't miss the post over at the GMLC blog on linking your patrons directly to the login page.

16 November 2009

2010 Agreements

Just a friendly reminder -- before things get crazy with the holiday season, be sure to return your 2010 Listen Up! Vermont agreement. You can drop your agreement in the mail to PO Box 264, Middlebury, Vermont 05753, or fax to 802/253.4808.

Your invoice will be sent after we receive your agreement; payment is not due with your agreement.

Also, think about making a two-year agreement to the GMLC's audio book projects: payment is not due at this time for the second year (membership year 2011), but making a two-year agreement will obtain your library a discount on your 2011 fee.

Thank you!

15 November 2009

OverDrive Training Handouts

Thanks to our friends next door in New Hampshire, who sent along two links to training documents Bobbi Slossar from the New Hampshire State Library created. Take a look:

mp3 Audiobooks for Mac Users (Scribd)
mp3 Audiobooks for Mac Users (PDF)

Training Handout (Scribd)
Training Handout (Microsoft Word)

The website might look a little different, but the principle is the same. Thanks, Bobbi!

12 November 2009

One Click Additions

If you'd like to see the newest additions to the One Click downloadable audio book program through Recorded Books, take a look at the newest list of titles:

Adult Collection Additions, October through December
Children's & YA Collection Additions, October through December (PDF)

10 November 2009

Four Things You Can Do... to get started with One Click Audio

Thanks to Joe Levy for coming around the state once again in October to re-acquaint us with the Recorded Books One Click Audio program. If you're currently participating, here are his suggestions for getting going:
  1. Get an icon on your home page. You can choose icons from the Box.net widget.

  2. Link the icon -- and any links off your website -- directly to your login page. You can get the URL for your login page by going to the list of libraries on the GMLC site, finding your library in the list, and clicking on it. When you see the page that is blank except for a little box asking you to log in, copy the URL in the address bar (it will start kite.middlebury.edu). This way, patrons can avoid that GMLC page and go directly to login.

  3. Link to the help page and the list of supported devices on your website. The help page is at http://gmlc.wordpress.com/recorded-books/recorded-books-help/ and the list of supported devices at http://www.oclc.org/audiobooks/techspecs/devices.htm.

  4. Advertise, advertise, advertise. Let people know through
    • newspaper articles
    • blog posts
    • email newsletters
    • posters and bookmarks (you can contact Recorded Books directly at oneclickaudio[at]recordedbooks.com for promotional materials)
    • your library's Facebook site or Twitter feed
    • business cards in audio book on cd cases
    • shelf talkers on your audio book shelves
    • on your SLIP printer receipts
    • offering patron training sessions (and why not tape it for your public access channel while you're at it?)
    • catchy phrases ("You can now download audio books at 3 am in your underwear!")
    • on your overdue notices ("Next time, return it on time -- try downloadable audio!")
    • don't forget posters in places around town where people might be listening to audio -- the local gym, the teacher's room at the school, coffee shops, bus stops...
    • downloading the MARC records into your online catalog (I'm working on getting these downloaded into the Box.net Recorded Books folder for all of you)
All of these ideas are great for Listen Up! Vermont too!

For more information on using One Click Audio, see the post from the August trainings, and look for the help page to be updated.

09 November 2009

Statistics for Standards

Hello all --

here are the numbers you need for your standards reports:

Listen Up! subscribers: 848 adult titles, 250 children's/YA

Recorded Books subscribers: 1990 adult titles, 821 children's/YA

Best of luck with your standards reports.

01 November 2009

MARC records updated

I spent a little time this morning compiling the many MARC record files for Listen Up! Vermont into chunks by year, broken up by season. Hopefully, this will help ease the process of getting all those MARC records into your system!

Here's a link to the reorganized folder: http://www.box.net/shared/kyo801kt0o. They can also be accessed, as always, through the Box.net widget in the left hand menu panel here on the Listen Up! blog.

I also re-organized the exisiting MARC records by year.

Downloading the MARC records for the Recorded Books collection is a bit more of an undertaking -- I will get to work on that soon, hopefully this week.

20 October 2009

Upcoming Trainings

Don't forget!

We have two new Digital Library 101 trainings for Listen Up! Vermont scheduled for

Wednesday October 21st at 3pm EDT. Access Code: email Stephanie for code
Thursday October 22nd at 10am EDT. Access Code: email Stephanie for code

Simply go to http://www.readytalk.com and log in using the access code. You will need a phone or VoIP to listen to the audio portion. The phone number is 1.866.740.1260 -- log in with the same access code for the audio. We recommend every participating library try to have one of their staff attend one of these trainings, which are a wonderful refresher and help you with 95% of the questions you will get from patrons.

Now that the One Click downloadable audio service through Recorded Books is up and running, Joe Levy is ready to give us all a refresher training. We have one scheduled for Wednesday, 10/28 at 11am in Stowe, and will be scheduling one in Brattleboro. Following these in-person trainings, we will talk to Joe about setting up some webinars, if there is interest; Joe can also possibly come to your library to see you.

Be sure to mark your attendance at http://gmlc.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/training-options/ -- that way, we can cancel any sessions without participants.

13 October 2009

Update your records... x2

It's time for two quick updates:

1. Please review your barcode and patron number ranges and ensure they will still cover your newest patrons. Need to update? Please send an email with the new range end to vtaudiobooks[at]gmail.com.

2. Please also be sure your finance department/accountant/etc has the correct address on file for the GMLC: it is no longer PO Box 1029 in Stowe, but is PO Box 264 in Middlebury, 05753.


10 October 2009

Recently Acquired Audiobooks (new & forthcoming)

2666 by Roberto Bolaño (MP3)
Al Capone Does My Shirts byGennifer Choldenko
Born Round by Frank Bruni (MP3)
Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Healing of America by Marianne Williamson
Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
My Life in France by Julia Child
Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin
The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry
Precious by Sapphire
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen & Ben Winters
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (youth edition) (MP3)
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy
U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
The Wild Things by Maurice Sendak & Dave Eggers (MP3)

10 September 2009

Troubleshooting: transfering to an iPod

With the new ability to transfer WMA format audio books to an iPod using a PC, it can get a little tricky! If you have a patron who is having trouble getting a WMA file onto an iPod using a PC (and there is no Mac involved!), they might want to try the following steps:

We believe it may be helpful to uninstall the OverDrive Media Console. Please ask your patron to
complete the following steps to do so.

To remove your existing installation of OverDrive Media Console:

- Go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301
- Near the bottom of the page, download the installation package for the
'Windows Install Cleanup Utility'.
- Once you download the .EXE file, run it to install the utility.
- Then, run the utility from the programs list in the Start Menu.
- Select the OverDrive Media Console and click 'Remove'.
- Close the utility.

After you have completed these steps please perform the following to reinstall the OverDrive Media Console:

1. Copy this URL:
and paste it in your web browser's address field.

2. Press 'Enter' to begin the download.

3. When the .msi has finished downloading, attempt to install it.

Once these steps have been completed, can you please ask your patron to ensure that the setting 'Manually Manage Music' has been adjusted on their iPod? If needed, we've included steps to accomplish this.

A. Connect your device to your computer.
B. If it does not launch automatically, open iTunes (v7.6.2.9 or newer).
C. In iTunes, locate your device in the left vertical navigation panel
(under heading 'DEVICES'), and click your device.
The 'Summary' screen is displayed.
D. If it is not already checked, place a checkmark next to option
'Manually manage music…'.
E. Click the 'Apply' button.
The iTunes 'Summary' screen refreshes, and your changes are saved.
F. If desired, close iTunes.

After the setting 'Manually Manage Music' has been adjusted (or confirmed that it's set) can you please ask your patron to attempt to transfer a title to their iPod by using the OverDrive Media Console Transfer Wizard?

Troubleshooting: Downloads

If a patron asks you about error code 80040812, the message the patron received should have read:

"Failed call to fulfill the title - the fulfillment limit for requested title has been reached"

It simply means they've had their three downloads, and that they will need the downloads reset. Each library should be able to do this by logging in to Content Reserve and looking down towards the end of the reports list for the reset downloads report. You will need the title.

24 August 2009

Help with mp3 files

Thanks to our colleagues in NH, we have access to two tutorials perfect for sharing with patrons about accessing the WMA downloadable audio book files on an iPod:


and using the OverDrive Media Console on a Mac:



11 August 2009

Trouble with Holds, again

Please let me know if you have gotten reports from patrons that their holds are missing when they go to retrieve them online after receiving an email and you've ruled out the points in the previous post.

I have had a crop of these this week, and I will be contacting OverDrive about it -- I would like to know if the scope of the issue is larger than I'm currently aware of.


10 August 2009

Troubleshooting: Missing Holds

Do you have a patron who received notification that a hold is in for them, but when they log in to their account, the hold isn't there to pick up?

OverDrive says the two most common reasons for this are:
  1. The patron is looking under the wrong library card number, either because they've gotten a new card since they placed a hold, or because they have more than one card, or because they are looking under someone else's number (perhaps a spouse, or on a shared computer, the account of whomever used Listen Up! last and didn't log out properly)
  2. The hold was placed, perhaps inadvertently, into the basket to be checked out, but was not checked out within the 30 minute time frame (you don't need to have downloaded the title, just completed the checkout process).

06 August 2009

Notes from the Recorded Books training on 8/4

For those of you participating in the Recorded Books (RB) downloadable audio book project, here are my notes from the Tuesday training with Joe Levy.

The collection:
  • has 2,000 titles exclusive to RB
  • all titles are always available/multi-user, which means no holds
  • contains two core collections: adult, which includes Modern Scholar titles, and contains about 1900 titles; and children's and YA, which includes almost 800 titles
  • 830 of the adult titles are iPod-compatible; just over 250 of the children's/YA titles are iPod compatible
  • every month, 15 new adult titles and 5 new children's titles are added at no charge; these titles are of course multi-user, but are not iPod compatible
  • the GMLC will have to purchase additional iPod compatible titles for the available pool to grow (ie, the cost of purchasing these titles is not included in your 2009 fee)
  • titles in the RB collection cannot be burned to cd
  • titles are segmented into one hour parts to aid those downloading on dial-up (although a high speed connection is recommended)
  • patrons may check out up to 10 titles at a time, and these titles remain useable for 3 weeks. During those three weeks, you may renew the title. Unlike Listen Up! Vermont, the audio book will no longer play after three weeks regardless of whether it is on your computer or you have transferred it to a portable mp3 player.
Joe recommends doing the following three things to ensure success for the collection:
  • Put the MARC records into your ILS (if automated) -- these are available in the Box.net widget (connect to the folder directly at http://www.box.net/shared/4u74hy4w8w)
  • Get your staff on board with the service -- make sure everyone has tried downloading a title
  • Promote, promote, promote. Hang up posters, hand out bookmarks, put an icon on your home page, put a press release in the paper... Listen Up! subscribers should make sure to let their downloadable audio patrons know about both services. Promotional materials are available in the Box.net widget at http://www.box.net/shared/yc7mlchi8d and directly on the RB site. Those who attended trainings should have received some posters and bookmarks.
The main point of access through at least the end of 2009 is at http://gmlc.wordpress.com/recorded-books/. Scroll down, and you will see a link for each participating library. Each library has a unique referrer URL as part of the patron authentication piece; copy this URL and put up an icon on your library home page and a listing in your online resources to bring your patrons directly to where they sign in.

Patrons will have to enter their library barcode or patron ID -- this was the range of numbers you reported to Chris Kirby.

In January 2010, when the two downloadable audio services are bundled, we will likely have one main page for patrons to access both services easily. Stay tuned!

There are two ways to download:
  • Directly off the web site. Once your patron has put in their patron number, they will be taken to the main One Click page. From here, they can choose "eAudiobooks" and can browse by subject or search by keyword, title, author, etc as well as by the length of the audiobook (handy for folks going on trips!) and by format (WMA = not iPod, mp3 = all players, including iPod).
  • Using the new media center. Please let your patrons know that downloading and setting up the media center can take up to 45 minutes, depending on the number of Windows operating system updates that need to be done. The new player is compatible only with Windows, XP and above. Joe expects a Mac version sometime in the near future (6 months?). Once the media center is downloaded, patrons can go directly to that piece of software on their computer, skipping the website.
In the media center, patrons can manage their experience using the "My Stuff" menu, where they can store favorites (ie, create a list of things they would like to listen to) and see what's out.

As with anything, the key to success for your patrons is the comfort level of your own staff. Practice!

I will also draw up in the next week or so a small handout for staff and patrons on the differences between OverDrive and Recorded Books. I will post it at the blog when done.

Does anyone have other tips they picked up at their training? Be sure to post them in the comments below. And give a hearty thanks to Joe Levy and Chris Kirby at the Ilsley Public Library for all of their hard work, and to David Clark at Ilsley and Jerry Carbone at the Brooks Memorial for hosting trainings.

04 August 2009

Welcome, new members and iPod news!

It's official: our Round Four folks are live! Welcome to:
  • Arvin A Brown Library
  • Baxter Memorial Library
  • Bennington Free Library
  • Groton Free Public Library
  • Highgate Public Library
  • Lawrence Memorial Library
  • Lincoln Library
  • Royalton Memorial Library
  • S. Burlington Community Library
  • Weathersfield Elementary School
I also want to remind people that with an upgrade to the new OverDrive Media Console, all of the titles in our collection become iPod compatible when they are transferred to an iPod using a PC. Mac-iPod users are still limited to the titles in the mp3 collection only. Confusing? Check out the two new items in the Box.net widget, under Promotional Materials:
Be sure to take a look through the Promotional Materials; you might find something you like!

17 July 2009

Recorded Books Promotional Materials

Are you a Recorded Books project participant? Be sure to bookmark this post to access the Box.net widget with logos, MARC records, and more. And don't forget to note below which training you will attend!

Recorded Books trainings

No need to RSVP -- but please let our host libraries know how many people might be coming:

Cannot make a training? Please let us know by posting a comment below.

New MARC records available

See the Box widget to the left (RSS and email readers, visit the http://vtaudiobooks.blogspot.com) for the newest batch of MARC records. You will have to scroll to the bottom of the widget; the file is named grmlc-20090701a.mrc.

15 July 2009

Digital Library 101 trainings

Speaking of trainings... don't forget to mark your calendars! All Listen Up! Vermont libraries are welcome to attend a Digital Library 101 training (not just our newest members) -- it is a great training, and a wonderful refresher. Have all your staff sat in on a session?

Digital Library 101: Browse, Check Out, and Download!

Tuesday July 21st at 10am EDT - Access Code: contact Stephanie

Wednesday July 22nd at 3pm EDT - Access Code: contact Stephanie

Description: Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media. At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your library's Virtual Branch.

Duration: 1.5 hours.

Who should attend: All staff.

Welcome Round Four Members!

As we get ready to start Round Four trainings, please welcome our newest Listen Up! Vermont member libraries:

Arvin A Brown Library Richford
Baxter Memorial Library Sharon
Bennington Free Library Bennington
Enosburg Falls Middle/High School Enosburg Falls
Groton Free Public Library Groton
Hartford Memorial Middle School White River Junction
Highgate Public Library Highgate Center
Lawrence Memorial Library Bristol
Lincoln Library Lincoln
Royalton Memorial Library Royalton
S. Burlington Community Library South Burlington
Weathersfield Elementary School Weathersfield

07 July 2009

New MARC records available

New MARC records are available in the Box widget down to the left. The file is called grmlc-20090606.mrc.

06 July 2009

Some statistics...

We're inching ever closer to 20,000 checkouts on Listen Up! Vermont since we began last March. What an accomplishment! We'll celebrate again when we hit 25,000 checkouts... look for information on that to come.

In the meantime, we're at 18,370 checkouts, with June 2009 our busiest month yet, at 1,684 checkouts.

23 June 2009

Open Training Month for OverDrive

Once again, OverDrive will be offering "Open Training Month," where we can take online training on using OverDrive along with other librarians from around the country. Last year, they gave prizes based on registration and attendance... let's try to win it!

We'll post more information as it becomes available, but for now, here's what OverDrive has to say:

Registration opens July 1, and your staff can register and participate as an individual or group. Sessions will be offered five days a week throughout September.

Course List:

1. Browse, Check Out, and Download!

Join us as we demonstrate how to browse, check out, and download titles from a library's Virtual Branch website. Plus we'll cover required software, portable devices, help resources, and new features and formats for 2009.

2. Collection Checklist

With OverDrive's collection checklist you'll be quickly up to speed with online ordering. Best of all, you'll learn how to attract users to your Virtual Branch website by creating an exciting and easy to maintain download collection.

3. Community Outreach

In this session we'll share creative, easy, and cost-effective ideas for introducing new patrons to your OverDrive download library. We'll also feature prize winners from this year's Community Outreach Program contest.

4. Patron Assistance

We'll help take your understanding of OverDrive download media to the next level so you can share your knowledge through support and training. We'll review frequently asked questions, support tips, and online help resources.

5. Real-Time Reports

We'll showcase reports which best track circulation, new patrons, site traffic, and popular titles. Your team can then evaluate how your Virtual Branch is doing, and chart a path to future success.

6. OverDrive's 2009 Partner Update

OverDrive delivers the industry's leading features and formats to your library users. Learn what's new and coming soon for your OverDrive download library.

05 June 2009

Ever wonder...

What the most popular title on Listen Up! Vermont is?

The Kabul Beauty School, with 148 checkouts since March 2008. The most popular title that is not an Always Available title? It's a tie between Grisham's The appeal and, of course, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight with 99 checkouts each.

What the most popular poetry book is?

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, with 23 checkouts.

What the most popular book for children is?

Mark Zuzak's The Book Thief with 81 checkouts.

What the most popular non-fiction book is?

After The Kabul Beauty School, it's Three Cups of Tea with 82 checkouts.

If there are titles that haven't gone out?

At this time, there are only 18 titles that have never been checked out... all of which have been purchased in only the last few weeks. I bet that will change quickly!

28 May 2009

40 new bestsellers have just been added. Check out the list below (a select few are also available in MP3 format):

The 8th Confession by James Patterson
The Age of the Unthinkable by Joshua Ramo
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Brimstone by Robert B. Parker
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Deadlock by Iris Johansen
The Element by Ken Robinson, Ph.D. (MP3)
First Family by David Baldacci
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (MP3)
Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
House of Cards by William D. Cohan
In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
Long Lost by Harlan Coben
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley
Mr. and Miss Anonymous by Fern Michaels
Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin
Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin (MP3)
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
Never Give Up! by Joyce Meyer
Paul Newman by Shawn Levy
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (MP3)
The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick
Perfectly Imperfect by Lee Woodruff
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee (MP3)
Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (MP3)
Rapt by Winifred Gallagher
Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos (MP3)
The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
The Yankee Years by Joe Torre

Amazing news on iPod compatibility

Thanks to EarlyWord, I've come across this very, very excellent piece of news regarding OverDrive:

"Once OverDrive Media Console version 3.2 is installed, most titles in a library's OverDrive WMA Audiobook collection will instantly become iPod-compatible for users with Windows PCs [my emphasis]. The growing collection of iPod-compatible, Mac®-friendly OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks will still be available to help libraries better serve patrons with Apple computers."

Can you say WOW?!?

The OverDrive Media Console upgrade should be available in mid-June. For the full press release, see


A technical note: a good thing to let your iPod users know is that formatting their iPod to work with a Windows machine will allow the iPod to be connected to both a PC and a Mac. I have a PC at work and a Mac at home, and have my iPod Windows-formatted so that I can use it on both machines. PCs won't read Mac-formatted iPods.

This means an iPod user that has access to a PC with the upgraded Console, even if they have a Mac at home, will be able to access the WMA files.

If patrons need to switch their iPod from Mac-formatted to Windows-formatted, they should be sure they have all of the data on their iPod saved on their Mac. Connecting the iPod to a Windows PC will cause the iPod to be re-formatted and will erase all of the data on it; after re-formatting, they can connect their iPod to their Mac and reload all their data.

14 May 2009

New Publicity Materials

I've added some new materials to the reorganized Box widget -- images of our new bookmarks and posters. Just find the file you want and double click to download.

12 May 2009

Two Quick Notes

  1. Two new MARC files are available in the Box widget to the left -- scroll down to the bottom and double click to download. RSS/email readers, please visit the blog site to download.

  2. Don't forget about the Green Mountain Library Annual Member Meeting, tomorrow, 5/13, during lunch break at the Vermont Library Conference.

05 May 2009

New MARC records available, and more

In the Box widget to the left, you'll find new MARC records available: grmlc-20090328a, grmlc-20090331a, grmlc-20090408a, and grmlc-20090429a. The GMBA and DCF Master List titles for 2009-2010 are on their way as well, and we will have MARC records up for them as soon as possible. To download, just click on the icon for the file you would like and you should have a dialog box pop up asking where you would like to save the file.

In other news, we hit 15,000 checkouts on May 3, when a patron from the Rutland Free Library checked out a title. Onward to 20,000 titles!

Finally, don't forget that trainings start tomorrow -- email Stephanie at schase[at]stowelibrary.org if you need the login information again:

Wednesday May 6th at 10am
Patron Assistance: Become an OverDrive Download Library Specialist
We'll help take your understanding of OverDrive download media to the next level so you can share your knowledge through support and training. We'll review frequently asked questions, support tips, and online help resources.

Wednesday May 6th at 3pm
Real-Time Reports: Size-up Success...and Stay on Track
We'll showcase reports which will best track circulation, new patrons, site traffic, and popular titles. Your team can then use these online reports to gauge how your Virtual Branch is doing, and track a path to future success.

Thursday May 7th at 10am
Digital Library 101: Browse, Check Out, and Download!
Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media. At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your library's Virtual Branch.

01 May 2009

Heading for 15,000 checkouts

Remember back in mid January, when we hit 10,000 checkouts? Well, in just three months, we're only 250 checkouts away from hitting 15,000!

This is amazing work: the collection, and its use, continues to grow. Thank you to the selection committee and all of our member libraries for making Listen Up! a success. We hope that libraries are having fun promoting Listen Up! Vermont to their patrons -- do be sure to share your stories with us in the comments section.

Naturally, we're looking to the next big target: 20,000, which, at this rate, we'll hit this summer. Look for information soon on how to celebrate this big achievement: doubling our circulation in half the time!

30 April 2009

Including LU!V in your grant requests

Have you thought about including some funds to purchase titles for the Listen Up! Vermont collection in grant requests you are making? Many of us, when writing grants for programs and services, include some money to purchase new books on the subject. Why not, as part of that materials budget in the grant, include $100 or $250 or $500 for purchasing digital materials?

We have had several libraries do this in the past year, acquiring children's materials and materials on personal finance for the collection. Such a request can be a small part of your overall grant budget, but allows you to perhaps increase the impact of your grant by highlighting the collaborative sharing of resources, providing materials in new formats, the "Green" element of providing digital media, and more.

Think about it, and contact the Selection Committee at vtaudiobooks[at]gmail.com if you have an idea for a grant or wish to write digital media into your grant.

28 April 2009

Did you know?

  • That the Listen Up! Vermont selection committee has increased the size of the collection almost 75% since the beginning of 2009? 170 of those new titles are in mp3 format, a format that was not available to purchase when we started. Wow!

  • That we have some trainings coming up?

Wednesday May 6th at 10am
Patron Assistance: Become an OverDrive Download Library Specialist
We'll help take your understanding of OverDrive download media to the next level so you can share your knowledge through support and training. We'll review frequently asked questions, support tips, and online help resources.

Wednesday May 6th at 3pm
Real-Time Reports: Size-up Success...and Stay on Track
We'll showcase reports which will best track circulation, new patrons, site traffic, and popular titles. Your team can then use these online reports to gauge how your Virtual Branch is doing, and track a path to future success.

Thursday May 7th at 10am
Digital Library 101: Browse, Check Out, and Download!
Learn how to browse, check out, and download OverDrive media. At the end of this course, staff should feel comfortable answering basic questions about your library's Virtual Branch.

  • That the GMLC has scheduled their Second Annual Meeting? It will be held Wednesday, May 13 from 1 to 2pm at the Sheraton. This is during the lunch period at the conference; lunch is provided with your registration, so look for more information on-site as to the exact location (or table!) of our meeting. For more information, and to print a copy of the agenda, go to http://gmlc.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/annual-meeting-agenda/.

27 April 2009

Good Words for OverDrive Support

A note from one of our librarians:

I wanted to tell you how helpful the tech people have been. I have a very sweet young man who is really into physics, and he was frustrated that he couldn't get Overdrive to download to his home computer. I asked him to print out the message he got, but he wrote it down. I was not sure I had enough information for them, but they were able to give me step by step directions to pass on to him, and he happily downloaded Overdrive and burned the books he wanted to cd.

Please don't hesitate us if you or one of your patrons are having trouble -- simply email vtaudiobooks@gmail.com with as much information as you can provide (ie, your operating system, the error message you get, the step that's not working, etc). Hone your own troubleshooting skills at one of our trainings, too:

Patron Assistance: Become an OverDrive Download Library Specialist

Wednesday May 6th at 10am

Digital Library 101: Browse, Check Out, and Download!

Thursday May 7th at 10am EDT

remember, you do not need to pre-register for these sessions -- just be online at the right time with your access code, and be able to be on the phone at the same time. Look for an email soon with the access codes and more information.

23 April 2009

Helping your patrons find what's in

Did you know there is an easy way to get a list of only what has a copy immediately available to check out on Listen Up! Vermont?

From the home page, click on "Advanced Search." You'll see at the bottom of the page there is a check box for "Only show titles with copies available." You can limit your search (perhaps by format, or typing in a subject) and check the box, or just check the box and leave everything else alone, and you will get a list of what's in. Currently, there are 368 titles with copies available.

14 April 2009

Helpful Resources for Troubleshooting; More on Training

You -- and your patrons -- might be interested in taking a look at the Alachua County Library's Help/Policies and Procedures page for their OverDrive account. It's full of clear Frequently Asked Questions, many of which correspond with our borrowing practices:


Don't forget to vote for the training time you can attend! If you are interested in coming to one -- or both -- of these trainings, please check all of the times you would be able to attend. We will choose the most popular time slot for each:

We will post the final training dates by the week of April 27th.

10 April 2009

Across the Fence on Monday

From the Vermont Library Association's blog -- thanks Amy and Debbie!

Heads up: National Library Week Broadcast on WCAX

Across the Fence on WCAX features National Library Week this Monday, April 13. Debbie Landauer and I talked up books for all ages (the list at http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/misc/natlibwk09.pdf), Listen Up! Vermont (since we’re both fans, and two of our books are on LUVt), and the CREATIVE VERMONT bookmarks (http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/srp/adult).

We hope the audience runs into your public library for all of these things!

Amy Howlett
Southeast Regional Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries

09 April 2009

Upcoming Training Dates

It is time for another round of Digital Library 101 and Reports trainings!

If you are interested in coming to one -- or both -- of these trainings, please check all of the times you would be able to attend. We will choose the most popular time slot for each:

We will post the final training dates by the week of April 27th.

Checking your statistics

I've gotten a couple of questions lately about checking your statistics for Listen Up! Vermont. I encourage everyone to take the Reports training (look for info in the next few days about upcoming training dates for both Reports and Digital Library 101) -- there is an incredible amount of information available about your patron's usage of Listen Up! -- but in the meantime, here are the steps to find out your monthly circulation.

  1. Go to http://www.contentreserve.com/ using Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on "Login." If you do not have your login and password, please contact Stephanie Chase at schase[at]stowelibrary.org. Please save your login information in a safe, accessible place.
  3. Click on "Reports."
  4. Click on the fifth report title down, View Activity Charts.
  5. Choose "Checkouts by Month" in chart type
  6. Make sure "Maximum Access Subscription and Owned" is chosen in the title type
  7. Choose your Library's name (it's alphabetical by library name, not town) in the branch field
  8. Choose all formats in the Format field
  9. Use 1/1/08 as a start date, and today's date as the end date
  10. Click on ok
You will now see a bar graph with your monthly circulation. If you click on the month and year to the far left in the graph, you can see a list of the titles your patrons downloaded.

31 March 2009

Troubleshooting: Missing Items In Your Basket

Have you had a book that you've put it into your basket on Listen Up! Vermont, only to go to checkout and receive a message that there is nothing in your basket? OverDrive says that such problems usually arrive when the site has trouble authenticating your account, which might happen if you are visiting the http://gmlc.lib.overdrive.com address (which you might have bookmarked), rather than the http://www.listenupvermont.org address. The sites look exactly the same.

Here's the full explanation:

"We have seen similar issues in the past with patrons losing items in their basket when they log into their account using EZProxy authentication. This can occur if the URL you added the items to does not match the URL that the EZProxy server sends you back after logging into your account. (This is most common if the URL of the live digital library website changes and the EZProxy login is not updated.) When the patron is shot back to the new URL, the item(s) they had in their cart go into limbo until they expire.

The EZProxy server seems to be working for this library as it is sending the user back to the correct live website (http://www.listenupvermont.org) after logging into their account. But,
it is possible that your colleague is starting out with the CNAME website we have for the Listen Up! Vermont (http://gmlc.lib.overdrive.com). This website looks and functions like the live website. Though this website does not appear to be linked anywhere, if your user starts at this website, it is possible they will experience the behavior reported.

That said, if your colleague continues to experience this behavior, please ask them to note the URL of the website when they first go to the website (before logging into her account)."

23 March 2009

Two articles of interest

Folks might like to take a look at two positive stories about libraries in the news:

From the Times-Argus Sunday Magazine Section: Check it Out, about libraries that circulate non-book items (mp3 players mentioned by many)

From the Monday Burlington Free Press: Library use up as economy dives

Elements from the Free Press article were also mentioned on VPR this morning.

Congrats to the libraries in the articles!

17 March 2009

News from OverDrive

From the most recent Digital Dispatch:

Enhancements to Your OverDrive
Download Service in 2009

OverDrive, the Global Leader in Library downloads, will continue its leadership in 2009 by bringing you the latest innovations to better serve your patrons, at no additional cost. We have been briefing many of our library partners on the enhancements you can expect from us this year, including:

New Services for Mobile Devices
Optimized browsing on-the-go

A mobile version of your download website will allow users on-the-go access to browse and check out OverDrive media from web-enabled phones and PDAs. OverDrive servers will detect if a patron is visiting your website from a mobile device and seamlessly provide an optimized web browsing experience. Try browsing now from your Blackberry, iPhone®, or other device at http://ebooks.nypl.org (pictured right).

EPUB eBooks will soon be available to purchase for your download collection. The emerging industry standard for eBooks, EPUB offers an enhanced reading experience on PCs, Macs, and portable devices like the Sony® Reader. Many leading publishers are now providing their frontlist titles in the EPUB format, exclusively.

Social and Interactive Features
Patrons will be able to select their own lending periods, reducing holds and helping solve the early return issue.

Motivated by the growing popularity of websites like Facebook and Twitter, OverDrive is bringing social interaction into your download service; enabling patrons to experience download media in new ways. Helping reduce the issue of no early return (except with Adobe eBooks), users will soon be able to select their own lending period, resulting in increased turnover of download books, music, and video. We will also be adding star ratings to your website (pictured above).

Later this year, we will introduce OverDrive Media Console v4, which we hope will more than exceed your expectations. Coupling familiar functionality with an enhanced, fresh look and navigation, the next generation of OverDrive Media Console is definitely something to look forward to.

New Content Licensing and Business Models
Expanding the OverDrive catalog of 150,000 digital titles

Our mission to bring you the best and largest selection will continue. DRM-free MP3 Audiobooks have been so well received that we plan to increase our catalog of DRM-free content with more audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video. This will expand your reach to a wider range of mobile devices.

If you're interested in scheduling a teleconference for your library to discuss these new services and how your library can benefit, please contact your Partner Services Associate or partnerservices@overdrive.com.

The most exciting one for me is that patrons can choose their own checkout period -- I will be looking forward to seeing how that will look for our Listen Up! Vermont users.

12 March 2009

Missing MARC records

Hello all,

Jennifer Lucey at CVU is looking for the MARC records for the four David Sedaris titles in the Listen Up! Vermont collection. Rather than make her hunt through all the MARC files, could someone who has downloaded the records into their catalog export them for her? Her email is



27 February 2009

new MARC records

There are new MARC records in the box widget in the left pane. They are labeled grmlc-20090130a.mrc and grmlc-2009025a.mrc.

05 February 2009

The Mysterious Box Widget

Thanks to Gail from Dorset for pointing out to me that the email readers of the blog don't see the little Box Widget I embed in the body of the blog post. When you go to the blog and look at the post live (as opposed to your feed reader or email), you should see something like the image to your left -- a white box entitled "Listen Up!" with several documents in it.

All you have to do to access the document is click on the one you want, and it will download to your computer. The article we've created for libraries to use as part of our Celebrate 10,000 Checkouts is in there, titled "Feb 2009 article.doc."

The Box Widget Chris mentions when he uploads new MARC files is permanently located in the left sidebar of the blog.

04 February 2009


Apologies to everyone looking for the article in the Box widget... I had forgotten to rename it. You'll find the basic article there now, under "Feb 2009 article.doc." Let me know if you have trouble accessing it!

03 February 2009

In order to celebrate reaching 10,000 checkouts, our mp3 files, iPod and Mac compatibility, and the addition of new libraries in Round Three, the GMLC Board would like to ask that all of our member libraries participate in a little publicity blitz for Listen Up! Vermont.

During this month of February, please consider doing one of the following:
  • Talking about Listen Up! Vermont in your library's newsletter or email newsletter
  • Putting an article in your local paper about Listen Up! Vermont -- there's a basic one in the Box widget (below) called "Feb 2009 article"
  • Blog about Listen Up! Vermont on your library's blog -- you could blog about a favorite title, using the service, how to use the service, and more
  • Print out some of the promotional materials in the Box widget and have them around your library. I even still have some bookmarks -- send me some postage!
Why not put an article in your local paper the week before February vacation? Audio books are great for traveling.

Have other ideas? Why not post them in the comments below?

28 January 2009

Have you subscribed to the blog yet?

Don't forget: the Listen Up! Vermont project blog is the best way to get information about what's happening with the project. We post news about trainings, contests, circulation, and more, as well as notifications of our newest additions and troubleshooting tips.

Make it easy to keep up with what's happening by signing up to receive a digest of posts by email or through your RSS reader -- the links are to the left.

27 January 2009

Recordings of trainings available

Did you miss the Digital Library 101 or Reports trainings offered last week? We asked for a session of each to be recorded -- just email Stephanie at schase[at]stowelibrary.org if you would like to have the recording and slides.

26 January 2009

Congrats on 10,000 checkouts!

Our 10,000th checkout occurred on Friday, January 16, and was done by a patron at the Baldwin Memorial Library in Wells River. Congrats! The library will receive an mp3 player for their luck. (Forgive the delay for the congrats, too... I've been away.)

23 January 2009

New Round Three Members

As our sign up period closes, we're able to bring you our final additions to the Listen Up! Vermont project:

  • Abbott Memorial Library, South Pomfret
  • Danville School
  • Leland & Gray Union High School, Townshend
  • Sutton School

We added 17 additional libraries this Round -- and, sadly, lost several who wanted to join due to budget cuts. We now have a total of 115 participating libraries: 72 publics, 7 community libraries, and 36 schools.

20 January 2009

What the iTunes DRM decision means for libraries

Quick answer: not much.

Here's a summary --

“Apple has yet to take the DRM-free plunge where audiobooks (and movies, and games) are concerned, and most of the audiobook providers with whom we spoke foresaw no changes to the current library-lending model of licensing to multiple users. Still, several were optimistic about the development and still others suggested more DRM-free offerings were in the pipeline for libraries. Below are their thoughts on the DRM-free user experience, on DRM’s efficacy as an anti-piracy measure, and on the prudence of its application in both the consumer and library markets:

Troy Juliar, publisher, Recorded Books:
“We’re much more cautious about going DRM-free in libraries than we are in retail and direct-to-consumer markets. Library/patron use is predicated on lending the title/file, not buying it. As such, we must show caution to make sure authors are fairly compensated. We cannot give patrons a title for free via libraries—we just want to enable access for a time. That said, we will experiment with a few hundred DRM-free titles in our library download program mainly to make sure offerings are iPod-compatible—not because we’re anxious to be completely DRM-free.”

Steve Potash, CEO, OverDrive:
“OverDrive is the leader in bringing downloadable MP3 audiobooks to libraries. [It] is leading the library market in bringing all formats of digital media to readers—including much more content without DRM during 2009.”

Check the full Library Journal summary here (http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6628712.html?nid=2671&source=title&rid=&).

15 January 2009

Update on 10,000 Checkouts

I bet we're going to find our winner out today: as of this morning, we are at 9,927 checkouts. Which library will be the one with the 10,000th?

Don't forget that next week, we have trainings scheduled for:

Digital Library 101s –

Tuesday January 20th at 10am EST

Wednesday January 21st at 11am EST

Reports --

Tuesday January 20th at 3pm EST

As in the past, these trainings will be conducted using ReadyTalk, so all you need is a computer that's online and a phone that you can be on at the same time. There's no need to RSVP -- just show up! Please email Stephanie at schase[at]stowelibrary.org if you need the passcode information, which was previously sent by email.

All Round Three participants should make sure to take one of the Digital Library 101 trainings (the trainings on Tuesday and Wednesday are the same); the trainings are about an hour long. Current participants who need to brush up on what's available for reports should be sure to take the reports training.

14 January 2009

Latest MARC records

Good news, catalogers! The latest MARC records for our growing collection are in the box.net widget. The name of the file is grmlc-20081231a.mrc .

13 January 2009

Updates on 10,000 checkouts and more

Keep those checkouts coming: as of this moment, we're up to 9,852.

Thanks to Sue MacMartin at the Brown Public Library, we've added a new handout to our Box Widget of promotional materials:

Finally, please be sure you have returned your agreement to the GMLC -- send it to Post Office Box 264, Middlebury, VT 05753.

12 January 2009

Celebrating 10,000 checkouts

We're pretty sure that we'll hit 10,000 checkouts through Listen Up! Vermont sometime this week -- we're at 9,815 as of this moment. WOW!

The GMLC Board would like to celebrate this milestone by awarding the library with the 10,000th checkout a new mp3 player -- a Creative Zen MuVo 2gb (or similar) player.

So get your users out there, and feel free to publicize! We won't know which patron is the 10,00th patron, so you should avoid that angle. You could circulate your player, or use it for a raffle of your own to celebrate.

09 January 2009

Troubleshooting "Brisingr", or other corrupted titles

If you or a patron have had trouble with Brisingr (as one of our GMLC members did), here's OverDrive's advice:

We were aware of corrupt title and have replaced the source files. The title should download and play without any problems. Can you please ask your patron to delete the title from the OverDrive Media Console, followed by clearing their Temporary Internet Files? We have provided steps to accomplish this.

- In Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet Options.
- On the 'General' tab, in the 'Temporary Internet Files' section, click the 'Delete Files' button.
- Check the 'Delete all offline content' checkbox.
- Click 'OK'.

Once these steps have been completed, can you please ask your patron to attempt to download the title?

If you're having trouble with a download seeming like it is skipping parts, playing out of order, etc, be sure to contact us at vtaudiobooks[at]gmail.com. We'll be sure to let OverDrive know, so that they might fix the problem. Anytime you have trouble with a file that seems corrupted, the steps above are good to try -- attempt to delete the corrupted download, and try again. Let us know if you need your downloads reset in the process.

08 January 2009

Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on over at the GMLC main blog:

As the Green Mountain Library Consortium continues to grow, we're looking for volunteers for a couple of new committees:

Projects Advisory Board. We frequently receive suggestions for services or projects to investigate offering at a state wide level; we'd love to be able to move more quickly on these suggestions, and think an advisory board would be the perfect starting point for these projects. Member libraries would contact the Projects Advisory Board with suggestions, which the Projects Advisory Board would decide whether or not to move forward with. The Projects Advisory Board would obtain pricing and information, and pass that on to the Green Mountain Library Consortium Board of Directors, along with their recommendation.

Members on the Projects Advisory Board would need to meet only as frequently as they decide, although, for budgeting purposes, not less than once every six months. Certainly, much, if not all, of the work of the group could be done via email or Skype conference call.

Grants Committee. We began the process of putting together a grants committee last summer, only to be set back by scheduling conflicts. We would like to put together a committee again, to investigate grants large and small.

This committee would need to have a chair who can divvy up assignment. Small grants could be written by individual members, perhaps even in partnership with their own library; larger grants could be viewed as "one-time" projects, requiring work for a period of time, but not requiring meetings outside of that project.

Substitute Librarian Pool. In discussions with VCAL (Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries), the idea of having a regional substitute pool came up. We think, in order to have this project work, we really only need a wiki and a "cheerleader" -- someone to promote the service and get folks to put their availability on a wiki. Substitute arrangements, payment (if necessary), etc would be between libraries, and not the Consortium.

Please contact Stephanie Chase at schase[at]stowelibrary.org if you are interested in participating.

PW article on OverDrive

Courtesy Jerry Carbone:

OverDrive Digital "Checkouts" Jumped 76% in 2008
-- Publishers Weekly, 1/6/2009 8:42:00 AM

OverDrive reported that it registered approximately 5.3 million checkouts of digital material from the 8,500 libraries that used its service in 2008, a 76% increase over the 3 million checkouts in 2007. The OverDrive digital service offers downloads of audiobooks, e-books, music and video from a single platform. The addition of more publishers (including Penguin, Random House and Simon & Schuster) to the service as well as the launch of MP3 and Mac formats were cited as major factors in the increase in usage. OverDrive added 50,000 e-books, 10,000 audiobooks and 5,000 music and video titles in 2008, bringing its digital catalogue to 150,000 titles.

During the year, Stephenie Meyer was the most downloaded author at libraries with her Twilight the most downloaded audiobook as well as the most downloaded e-book through OverDrive libraries. Meyer's Eclipse and New Moon were the second and third most downloaded e-books followed by two Lisa Kleypas titles--Devil in Winter and Because You're Mine. On the audiobook side, New Moon and Eclipse came in at third and fourth place, respectively, with John Grisham's The Appeal in the second spot, while James Patterson's 7th Heaven came in fifth.

06 January 2009

New & Popular (but not MP3)

While the new MP3 titles are new to our collection, they're not necessarily new in the hot-off-the-presses, New York Times bestseller sense of the word, so your Listen Up! Vermont selection committee has also purchased some of the genuinely new and popular audiobooks our library users undoubtedly want to listen too as well. Here's the list of all the new adult and juvenile titles that are now available for download (or to reserve): [FYI - the titles appear to be links but they're not...I'm just doing a quick cut & paste to get these new titles announced to you all!)

1. Alex & Me Irene Pepperberg
2. American Lion Jon Meacham
3. The Botany of Desire Michael Pollan
4. The Brass Verdict Michael Connelly
5. The Choice Nicholas Sparks
6. Cross Country James Patterson
7. The Friday Night Knitting Club Kate Jacobs
8. The Gate House Nelson Demille
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer
11. Holidays on Ice David Sedaris
12. Hot, Flat and Crowded Thomas Friedman
13. Knit Two Kate Jacobs
14. Letter to My Daughter Maya Angelou
15. Listening Is an Act of Love Storycorps Participants
16. The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks
17. A Mercy Toni Morrison
18. Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
19. The Private Patient P.D. James
20. Scarpetta Patricia Cornwell
21. When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris
22. The White Tiger Aravind Adiga
23. A Whole New Mind Daniel H. Pink
24. Your Heart Belongs to Me Dean Koontz

25. Brisingr Christopher Paolini
26. Eclipse Stephenie Meyer
27. Fancy Nancy Jane O'Connor
28. Fancy Nancy Jane O'Connor
29. Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy Jane O'Connor
30. Gregor and the Code of Claw Suzanne Collins
31. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods Suzanne Collins
32. Gregor and the Marks of Secret Suzanne Collins
33. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane Suzanne Collins
34. Gregor the Overlander Suzanne Collins
35. Identical Ellen Hopkins
36. Inkdeath Cornelia Funke
37. Inkspell Cornelia Funke
38. New Moon Stephenie Meyer
39. Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher
40. Twilight Stephenie Meyer

No lumps of coal for any of us this year...

Because we're members and cheerleaders of the Green Mountain Library Consortium's Listen Up! Vermont project, Santa has unpacked his sack and given our library users access to an additional 100+ MP3 titles. Ranging from the classics of literature to popular fiction and non-fiction, to children's books there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here's the long list of new additions...enjoy!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne
2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (I) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (II) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (III) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (IV) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (V) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (VI) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
9. Aesop's Fables Aesop
10. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll
11. Amelia Earhart Lori Van Pelt
12. Anne of Avonlea L. M. Montgomery
13. Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery
14. Anne of the Island L. M. Montgomery
15. Anne's House of Dreams L. M. Montgomery
16. Anne's House of Dreams L. M. Montgomery
17. The Arabian Nights Kate Douglas Wiggin
18. Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne
19. The Art of War Sun-Tzu
20. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin
21. Beautiful Boy David Sheff
22. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler
23. Black Beauty Anna Sewell
24. The Bonesetter's Daughter Amy Tan
25. Boys and Girls Learn Differently Michael Gurian
26. Breach of Duty J. A. Jance
27. Candide Francois Voltaire
28. Cat Who Came to Breakfast Lilian Jackson Braun
29. Cause of Death Patricia Cornwell
30. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
31. Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns
32. Complete Sonnets William Shakespeare
33. The Complete Tales Beatrix Potter
34. Confident Public Speaking Susan Leahy
35. The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
36. The Crucible Arthur Miller
37. David Crockett William Groneman III
38. Don Quixote Miquel de Cervantes
39. Dubliners James Joyce
40. Effective Networking David Nour
41. Hamlet William Shakespeare
42. The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
43. Healthy Eating Penny Steward
44. Hear-Say English Donald S. Rivera
45. Hear-Say French Donald S. Rivera
46. Hear-Say German Donald S. Rivera
47. Hear-Say Italian Donald S. Rivera
48. Hear-Say Spanish Donald S. Rivera
49. Henry V William Shakespeare
50. The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
51. The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne
52. The Iliad Homer
53. Jack London Boxed Set Jack London, John Lee
54. Julius Caesar William Shakespeare
55. The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
56. Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
57. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Benedict Flynn
58. King Lear William Shakespeare
59. King Richard III William Shakespeare
60. The Lakota Way Joseph M. Marshall, III
61. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving
62. Lost Boys Orson Scott Card
63. Macbeth William Shakespeare
64. Main Street Sinclair Lewis
65. Maximizing Your Money Peter Bielagus
66. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
67. Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
68. A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare
69. Nailing the Job Interview Susan Leahy
70. The Odyssey Homer
71. Origins of the Universe Dr. Jack Arnold
72. Othello William Shakespeare
73. Paradise Lost John Milton
74. Planning Your Unique Wedding Randie Pellegrini
75. The President's Daughter Jack Higgins
76. Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw
77. Retiring Right Jim Selman
78. Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories Washington Irving
79. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
80. Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
81. Science and Scientists David Angus
82. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
83. Silas Marner George Eliot
84. Six Degrees of Separation John Guare
85. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
86. A Tale of Charles Dickens Janet Dulin Jones
87. A Tale Of Two Cities Charles Dickens
88. The Tempest William Shakespeare
89. The Theory of Everything Stephen W. Hawking
90. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
91. Twelfth Night William Shakespeare
92. VocabuLearn French Word Booster Penton Overseas, Inc.
93. VocabuLearn German Word Booster Penton Overseas, Inc.
94. VocabuLearn Italian Word Booster Penton Overseas, Inc.
95. VocabuLearn Spanish Word Booster Penton Overseas, Inc.
96. The Voyage of the Beagle Charles Darwin
97. Voyagers Ben Bova
98. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle Hugh Lofting
99. The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
100. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
101. Wine Appreciation Robin Stark
102. The Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum