28 December 2011

NY Times article: Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War

This article may be helpful to non-librarians in trying to explain how publishers affect how we offer eBooks.

One thing the article doesn't make clear is that libraries buy *licenses* to eBooks.  And as we all know, with licenses, come restrictions. 

Both librarians and patrons need to continue to let publishers know that we are an important market and that we serve a vital role in a title's success.

Happy New Year!
Please excuse any cross postings.


16 December 2011

How to Pick an eReader

Hi Everyone!

Are your patrons coming up to you with questions as to what eReader they should buy their loved ones for Christmas? If they are, this article may be of some help as it breaks down which ones are ideal for what:


Happy Holidays All!


24 November 2011

Penguin eBook titles for lending to Kindle restored

From OverDrive's Digital Library Blog:
November 23rd, 2011 Brianne Carlon

‘Get for Kindle’ for all Penguin eBooks in your catalog has been restored as of this morning. Penguin titles are available for check out by Kindle users and the Kindle format will be available for patrons who are currently on a waiting list for a Penguin title. Upcoming releases remain unavailable.

We apologize for the inconvenience this caused for your library and patrons.

At this time, no further information is available. We hope to share more details in the near future.

21 November 2011

Penguin to halt library eBook lending

From the Overdrive Digital Library Blog:

Last week Penguin sent notice to OverDrive that it is reviewing terms for library lending of their eBooks. In the interim, OverDrive was instructed to suspend availability of new Penguin eBook titles from our library catalog and disable “Get for Kindle” functionality for all Penguin eBooks. We apologize for this abrupt change in terms from this supplier. We are actively working with Penguin on this issue and are hopeful Penguin will agree to restore access to their new titles and Kindle availability as soon as possible.

From Penguin Group USA:

Penguin has been a long-time supporter of libraries with both physical and digital editions of our books. We have always placed a high value on the role that libraries can play in connecting our authors with our readers. However, due to new concerns about the security of our digital editions, we find it necessary to delay the availability of our new titles in the digital format while we resolve these concerns with our business partners. Penguin’s aim is to always connect writers and readers, and with that goal in mind, we remain committed to working closely with our business partners and the library community to forge a distribution model that is secure and viable. In the meantime, we want to assure you that physical editions of our new titles will continue to be available in libraries everywhere.

10 November 2011

Device Chart

Hi Everyone!

With so many devices coming out on the eReader/tablet market recently, sometimes choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully there are charts out there that compare these devices side by side so that you can choose the right one for you.This link provides a nice comparison of the tablets out there, such as the iPad, Kindle Fire, and a couple different nook models. If you're looking for something a bit more advanced than an eReader, this chart is for you. The best part? All of these devices are compatible with Listen Up! Vermont eBooks!


06 November 2011

LUV Marc Records into SirsiDynix Symphony Workflows

Hi Everyone!

If your library has SirsiDynix Symphony Workflows you may find the following instructions helpful for loading MARC records from LUV into it.  A big thank you to goes to Patti Hardenburg at the Lebanon Public Libraries in New Hampshire and Sheila Kearns here in Vermont. Thank you also to Ed Graves Library for putting this list together!

How to get MARC records from GMLC into SirsiDynix Symphony Workflows
1.      Go to GMLC blog (http://vtaudiobooks.blogspot.com/) and select files from Box widget to download. 

      Download and save. This is a batch of MARC records. Ed has been doing this as time allows and keeping track of what has been downloaded.
             Next open MARCedit, and select the MARCeditor tool. Open the .mrk file you just downloaded, select “Add/Delete field” from the Tools menu, and enter 949 and the following copy/holdings information into the adjacent field: |aDOWNLOADABLE|c1|hDOWNLOAD|kDOWNLOAD|mMAIN|p0.00|tDOWNLOAD
3.      Select “Add Field”
      Save the file as both a .mrc file and a .txt file in case you are working from a computer without a MARC tool.
5.      In Workflows, select “Utility” from the top menu, and then “MARC Import” from the left menu.
      Select “OK” at the bottom to accept defaults.
       In the “Source” field, attach your .mrc file that you’d like to upload, and type in “other.marc” into the “destination”.
        Upload your MARC records. “Yes” the diskette is ready, “No” there are no more uploads.
                Then go to the “Reports” tab at the top navigation, and “Schedule New Reports” from the left menu.
        Scroll down to “Load Bibliographic Records” and select “Set Up and Schedule” from the bottom, then 

      “Run Now,” then “Display finished reports”.
       If your path is configured right, you should be able to see the records that were imported. If it is not, open the .txt file you saved as a backup.
       Now go through the list of new records, the titles you have imported, and for each one, using the “Modify Title” tool under the Cataloging module, make changes to the 099 field of the Bibliographic record, and the Call number, Item ID, Home location, Item Cat 1 and Item Cat 2 in the Call Number/Item record to reflect the following local conventions:
Call Number (to match 099 field): DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK or DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Item ID: Assign number based on the date and then a consecutive digit. If a record was added 11/5/2011 and it was the 5th item you added, the Item ID would be 11520115.
Home Location: DOWNLOAD
Item Cat 1: MP3, WMA, EPUB, or PDF (you can tell what the file type is by looking at the 020 field, the 856 field in the bib record, or the Listen Up! Vermont catalog)

29 October 2011

Without a Net

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that Vermont's own library extraordinaire Jessamyn West's book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide is now in the Listen Up! Vermont collection as an eBook. Its currently checked out, but be sure to place your holds soon so you don't have to wait to long to read it! You can find reviews of it here, including one from GMLC's president Mary Danko! 


29 September 2011

OverDrive courses!

There are 2 NEW great OverDrive courses you (or someone on your staff should take :>)

2011 OVERDRIVE EXPERIENCE - This is all about a fresh experience for digital users … smarter Help, faster searches, expanded collections, and simplified choices. Learn how you can guide excited users to a successful experience.

EBOOK EXPLOSION - This is the year of the eBook, and mobile devices, mobile apps and Kindle are hot. We'll showcase all the latest OverDrive features, services, and materials to help your library successfully navigate eBook lending.

Sign up here: http://www.overdrive.com/LearningCenter/registration.aspx

Also, remember there are many basic OverDrive courses you an take online, anytime! 

Right now, completing some of these will get you into a raffle drawing.

NEWLY added course:  Kindle Demo (15 min.)


27 September 2011

Link FAQ for Kindle

You might find this link by the Oklahoma Metropolitan Library System helpful regarding Kindle FAQs:



24 September 2011

23 September 2011

How to return a Kindle eBook early

1.  An eBook checked out on the Kindle is returned through Amazon.  Go to www.Amazon.com and from the Kindle menu on the left, select "Manage Your Kindle."

2.  Sign in to your Amazon account.

3.  Selection "Actions" dropdown menu next to the book you want to return.
(Tip:  the words "Public Library" will appear next to any library eBooks)

4.From the menu, select "Return this book."

5.  Select "Yes" on the pop up to return the book.

6.  After you return the book, it will still show in Your Kindle Library list.  To remove it from the list, select "Actions" again and from the drop down menu select "Delete from library."

Adapted from:  http://www.slideshare.net/WakeCountyPublicLibraries/how-to-return-a-kindle-ebook-early

22 September 2011

Library eBooks for the Kindle are here!

And checking them out is as easy as pie!

You can check out an eBook for Kindles just like you check out all your OverDrive materials.  When you get to the final step you'll be directed to click on "Get for Kindle" link. You will then be directed to Amazon.com to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your Amazon.com account -- or create a new account -- if you're not already logged in.  Choose to read the book on your Kindle device, free reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader.

You can read borrowed Kindle books on any generation Kindle device or all free Kindle apps, as well as in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader. 

Note: Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. Library books will not be delivered via your Kindle's 3G connection. If trying to send to a Kindle device and do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, you may instead choose to load your library book via USB. Both Mac and Windows users can manage Kindle content through a USB connection.



21 September 2011

More Kindle/OverDrive questions answered!

Some libraries in the US already are seeing Kindle compatibility.  We expect ListenUp! Vermont to be updated by next week.

There will be no extra costs charged by OverDrive.

OverDrive Kindle books from your library are only permitted for the patron who checked out the title.


Kindle compatibility!

We’ve all been waiting to hear how Kindle will work with Overdrive.

The new update should be coming in about a week or so.  Here are a few details about the update that we know so far:

  1. The new update allows most existing OverDrive eBooks to be read on all Kindle devices or by using free Kindle apps on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and other mobile devices.  (a few titles may not be compatible for a bit.)

  1. All browsing, searching, and checkout of eBook titles will remain the same
at our website. When a user checks out a Kindle Book, a "Get for Kindle" link will be presented that opens a new window (or tab) at Amazon prompting the user to login to their Amazon account. Fulfillment will occur at Amazon's website.

  1. There will now only be one format! Instead of ePub, PDF and Kindle formats folks will only see the one format:  eBook. Each eBook unit will provide users access to all available eBook formats for that title. The user will choose the format compatible with their eReader or device. 

For example, if Listen Up! Vermont has three total copies of The Help in any eBook format, The Help will show three copies, available for use with Kindle and all devices that support EPUB or PDF.

There are still a few questions we have and we’re waiting to get some answers.  We’ll post when we know more.

For the complete press release go to: http://tinyurl.com/3t8froh

Apologies for any cross postings.  MD

19 September 2011

2012 agreement link not functioning correctly

Hi Everyone,

We have received word that the link in your 2012 GMLC membership agreement is not working correctly. Please be patient as we work on resolving the problem. When the link is functional I will send you it via email.

Thanks again for your patience, 


16 September 2011

Website Redirect

Please note that if your patrons do not type in the full web address, www.listenupvermont.org, they may be redirected to a system error page. For now you must type in the "www."  We are in the process of fixing this and hopefully will have it fixed soon.  Thank you for your patience.  MD

13 September 2011

VOKAL Open House Thursday

There will be a VOKAL Open House on Thursday, September 15 from 1-3pm at the Norwich Public Library in Norwich, VT for anyone interested in learning more about the VOKAL Koha system (a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium). We will be giving a brief introduction about the VOKAL project, demonstrating the VOKAL Koha ILS and then have time for anyone with a laptop interested in trying it out.
We have had a very busy year developing the VOKAL consortium and are fast approaching our first anniversary in September of going live with the shared VOKAL Koha ILS system! Currently 21 libraries are circulating over 4,000 items/day in the VOKAL system. 6 libraries are scheduled through the end of the year to migrate into the system, 2 non-automated libraries are cataloging in preparation of go live this fall and a few others gearing up to begin their automation process into VOKAL. We have 12 migration slots open for 2012 and looking forward to welcoming more libraries into the VOKAL community!
If you would like more information about VOKAL, please visit our public site: https://sites.google.com/site/vokalvtpublic/. If you are unable to make the this open house, but would be interested in attending a virtual open house later this fall or winter to learn more about VOKAL Koha, please email the VOKAL Implementation Team at vokal_implementation_team@googlegroups.com.

Wendy Hysko

03 September 2011

eBook Checkouts continue to rise

Hi everyone!

I thought that you might like to know that our eBook checkouts have continued to rise since we added them in November. The chart above shows us just how much they have increased, going from 135 in November 2010 to 1442 in August 2011.

Keep up the great work everyone! Remember if you need some promotional materials, please let me know. Plenty of bookmarks and posters are still available!


26 August 2011

Overdrive's Courses: Online, Anytime.

Each year GMLC offers several live Overdrive web trainings for members.  These are great and we always recommend you try and take them because you can ask questions.

But if you or your staff haven't been able to attend these, you might want to try Overdrive's Courses: Online,  Anytime.
These are recorded trainings so librarians can take them on their own time and pace. You can fast forward through parts you already know or go backwards if you would like some more information.
These are available all the time, but if you take them this month you can win prizes, woohoo!

While you can take all of the trainings if you would like, the three I would recommend  taking are: Just the Basics, Real-Time Reports and Patron Assistance.

24 August 2011

Getting the message: Problem with Documents License: > E_ADEPT_CORE_LOAN_SIGNATURE"

If you get the message: Problem with Documents License: >E_ADEPT_CORE_LOAN_SIGNATURE" overdrive recommends that you do the following:

You will have to download the eBook again, but first:

1. Delete the title from Adobe Digital Editions and close the application.
2. Do a search on the computer and delete any instance of the title.
Check Documents | My Digital Editions.
3. Delete the contents of both the "tasks" and "failed" folders located
in the folder: Documents | My Digital Editions | restore
4. Clear the web browser cache and any temporary internet files. Consult
the web browser's help files for instructions for that specific browser.
(This step is extremely important.)
5. Close and reopen the browser.
6. Download the title again.


New Board Meeting Date

Due to attendance issues the GMLC Board Meeting scheduled for this Friday, August 26th at 11:00 AM has been changed to Friday, September 9th at 11:00 AM.  We will be meeting virtually using GoToMeeting so please email me for login information.

I will be using the Friday, August 26th, 11:00 AM meeting slot as a general information session on GMLC and our projects:  ListenUp! Vermont, VOKAL, & Mango.  Please let anyone know who is interested in attending to contact me for login information.

Mary       HartlandDir {at} vermontel.net


08 August 2011

Article on the future of books & e-books

Hi Everyone,

Below is an itneresting article from the Telegrah about the furture of of printed books and e-books. The author argues that soon e-book will reign supreme over the physical book. Read it and decide for yourself! Please feel free to comment- I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!



04 August 2011

Yesterday's Training Follow Up

For those of you who were unable to attend yesterday's Browse, Checkout, Download Training, I have provided a link below that will give you the archived version of it that you can attend at your convenience. While I encourage all of you to attend, this training is especially important for new members of Listen Up! Vermont.

Here is the login information for Green Mountain Library Consortium

Login: greenmountain.midas.preview
Password: m3diaforall

You may check out titles using your own library card. 


Course 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 OverDrive service.
Listen to a recording:  This class has been recorded so you can share with other staff or use for future training:  https://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=felaj6

The recording will be saved for 30 days.
OverDrive’s Learning Center:  Our resource center for presentations, recordings, and materials:  http://www.overdrive.com/learningcenter
  • Download a copy of today’s presentation.
  • Learn about other OverDrive courses.
  • View our Mobile Update recording. 
  • Download the How-To Guide for eBooks.
  • Download our Patron Training Template.
  • Link to our Marketing Kit.

OverDrive Download Station: For more information on OverDrive Download Station, please contact your Launch Specialist at OverDrive, [Simon Miller, smiller@overdrive.com].  

Have fun with Green Mountain Library Consortium, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.  I’m here to help.

New MANGO links

For those of you who participate in both Listen Up! and Mango:

There are now new links to Mango using the new ezproxy server. Please go to the Mango page and test your new links to Mango because we will be shutting down the old server at Middlebury College soon.  Also be sure to update any additional places you might have placed your Mango link.

E-reader ownership Rises

Hi Everyone!

I thought you might interested to hear this: since November 2010 (ironically when we added e-books to our LUV collection) e-reader ownership among adults living in the United States has doubled. In that month, 6% of adults owned them, and as of May 2011, 12% now own them. Here in beautiful state of Vermont, our checkout numbers have also increased with a similar if not greater speed. In November there were 135 checkouts of e-books, and as of July 31, they have risen to 1319. You can take a look at our stats more specifically by going to Content Reserve, click on reports, and selecting activity charts.

If you would like to read further into the surge of e-reader ownership, you get more info by going to: