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Two Blackstone Titles Withdrawn

Please delete the MARC records in your collection for these two Blackstone titles that have been withdrawn from the collection: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:
http://www4.egov.nh.gov/sign-up/public/cal.asp?w=grid&y=2

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:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGJlWGVUalNHb1JIbVhicklFTGpyX3c6MA

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.

Thanks!

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?

http://www.williston.lib.vt.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=292&Itemid=43


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... ?