30 September 2010
2011 Membership Agreements will be emailed on Monday, October 4 in order to incorporate these changes, and will be due back by Wednesday, December 1.
28 September 2010
Please remember to remove the MARC records for the Recorded Books content from your catalogs, if necessary.
Member libraries should have received an email earlier today with more information about the end of our Recorded Books service. Please let us know at vtaudiobooks[at]gmail.com if you have any further questions.
22 September 2010
#1 Referrer – your library’s homepage. Be sure it is easy to locate (above the fold/not needing to scroll), and directly links to your virtual branch. Try to minimize the number of clicks a patron has to make. You could also use a text link or a “spotlight banner.”
Also an access point from your catalog – not just having the MARC records, but having a link that says something like “downloadable audio” or a graphic.
Be where your patrons are – Facebook, Twitter (what about a fan page for patrons?) – send through new posts with noteworthy titles, for example.
Consider reviewing downloadable media.
Techniques for promoting in the library
· Have promotional materials – bookmarks, posters, etc
· Put business card size promotional cards in your books on cd
· Try to have your own “gadget gallery”
· Have your screen savers and/or digital message boards promote downloadable services
· Do you have a bookmobile? Promote downloadables
· Don’t forget the bottom of your circulation slips or your email signature
· OverDrive materials (bookmark, etc) in the books on your holds shelf
Have a training for patrons
· Try for monthly, but at least quarterly
· Promote on website
· Flyers in library
· Media coverage – reach out and include pictures
· Have a raffle
Techniques for promoting outside the library
· In many libraries, the majority of users are not regular library users
· Use your local media
· Community events
· Local schools and colleges
· Gyms are a great choice – remind people they can download audio to listen to while they work out
· Catch the eye of your travelers with posters at bus & train stations, etc.
· Use the referrer report – how are people finding you?
· Use new patrons per month to judge your marketing efforts
08 September 2010
Here are some tips I gathered from yesterday's session:
- Be sure you are familiar with the Device Resource Center -- your patron's device may not be compatible
- Know how to perform the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade, available from the Tools menu of the OverDrive Media Console
- Pay attention to the download limits -- patrons can try to download a title three times per checkout period
- Digital Rights errors will pop up a message box, and often have an error message beginning with 0x/say "parameter incorrect." DRM issues can usually be fixed by following step two of the "Three Steps to Solve Almost Any DRM Problem" post I made back in June, or, failing that, step 3 listed in that post
- If a patron has trouble downloading a part, go to My Documents > My Media and look in either the WMA or mp3 folders (depending on the format of the title). Locate the problem part, which will be shown as incomplete, and delete it. Clear out the Temporary Internet Files, and then try to re-download from the OverDrive Media Console
- If a patron gets a new library card, OverDrive can merge their old account with the new account, provided they have both library card numbers, and save the patron's holds, wait list, and ratings
- The presentation has great, detailed info about the process of transferring to an iPod (the reason it is so slow? It's converting the file for you as it transfers!), as well as on what common error messages you will see and the information to have patrons send when they need help
- If the device is not recognized, it is usually an issue with the software the device needs (you need to install the software, such as iTunes for the iPod, or update your device's software)
03 September 2010
The GMLC will be taking the number you have reported to the Vermont Department of Libraries for "registered borrowers." Last year, this number was reported on line H04 of your Vermont Public Library Report. For our purposes, active borrowers and registered borrowers are one and the same: they are your patrons eligible to check out materials.
This number reflects not the number of people you feel use the library, but the number of people you have registered for library cards in your system. Each library may have different policies regarding how long inactive patrons are kept on file before having their records purged; this decision is a local decision.
Any extreme deviations from the number reported to the state for your Library in 2009 will require documentation on your 2011 membership agreement.
Our current contract with Recorded Books runs out on October 1, and we would appreciate member library feedback as to whether you would like the service to continue through the end of 2010 or terminate at that time.
This decision was a difficult one, and we anticipate revisiting working with Recorded Books to provide their downloadable product in the future. If your library would be interested in continuing with the Recorded Books service in addition to your Listen Up! Vermont service, the GMLC is willing to work on negotiating a discount on behalf of our members. Please contact Stephanie Chase at schase[at]stowelibrary.org if you are interested.
Once our contract with Recorded Books is finished, we will be focusing our budget efforts on Listen Up! Vermont, including significantly increasing the Always Available collection, continuing to reduce the holds ratio and increase the availability of new materials, and also add ebooks in ePUB format to the collection.
02 September 2010
You may also send postage to Kip Roberson at the Pierson Library in Shelburne, as he also has bookmarks to send along.
01 September 2010
As soon as the Digital Bookmobile photos are up on their website, we'll be sure to link to them and share some favorites. Nancy also took some video, and we hope to see that soon as well.
Thank you to all of our member libraries who shared the event with their patrons, and thanks to OverDrive for planning all the details, right down to having a trash can by the steps up to the bookmobile.
|Prince of a Fellow||Hearon, Shelby|
|Golden Mean, The||Lyon, Annabel||iPod-compatible|
|Sunset Limited, The||McCarthy, Cormac||iPod-compatible|
|Devil’s Dream||Bell, Madison Smartt||iPod-compatible|
|Buster Midnight's Cafe||Dallas, Sandra||iPod-compatible|
|Six Graves to Munich||Puzo, Mario||iPod-compatible|
|Expensive Education, An||McDonell, Nick||iPod-compatible|
|Trouble Down the Road||Griffin, Bettye||iPod-compatible|
|Be Careful What you Pray For||Roby, Kimberla Lawson||iPod-compatible|
|Voodoo Dreams||Rhodes, Jewell Parker|
|She Walks in Beauty||Mitchell, Siri||iPod-compatible|
|Watch Over Me||Parrish, Christa||iPod-compatible|
|Tall, Dark and Texan||Thomas, Jodi||iPod-compatible|
|Any Known Blood||Hill, Laurence|
|Singer’s Gun, The||Mandel, Emily St. John|
|Cimmaron Rose||Burke, James Lee|
|Blood Moon||Disher, Garry|
|Poison King, The||Mayor, Adrienne||iPod-compatible|
|Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang||MacAlister, Katie||iPod-compatible|
|Everlasting Kiss||Ashley, Amanda||iPod-compatible|
|Rapids, The||Neggers, Carla||iPod-compatible|
|Gods of Riverworld, The||Farmer, Philip Jose|
|Halting State||Stross, Charles||iPod-compatible|
|From Hell With Love||Green, Simon||iPod-compatible|
|Sudden Fury||Johnstone, William W.||iPod-compatible|
|Canyon Diablo||McCoy, Max||iPod-compatible|
|Crossing Fire River||Cotton, Ralph||iPod-compatible|