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)