28 May 2009

ATTENTION! ATTENTION!
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

http://www.overdrive.com/aboutus/getArticle.aspx?newsArticleID=20090527

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!