28 January 2009

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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