25 July 2012

OverDrive training for Green Mountain Library Consortium

Mark your calendar!  OverDrive training for Green Mountain Library Consortium

OverDrive’s Training Team invites you to learn more about your download service from OverDrive.  A class has been scheduled for your group, and the details are outlined below.  Our expert trainers will answer your questions and provide tips and tricks to help make the most of your ‘Virtual Branch’. 

Please plan to attend!


The following course is scheduled.  It will be hosted conveniently via web conference.

Just the Basics:  Browse, Check Out, Download

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM Eastern  Access Code: 5736194

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.
Duration:  1.5 hours.
Who should attend:  All staff.

The trainer will be prepared to begin your training at the start time listed in this invite. If you need to reschedule your session, please provide 24 hours notice. If no attendees are present by 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, I will provide you a recording of the session to share with your staff.

20 July 2012

Good News, Bad News on the eBook Front

"New reports from the American Libraries Association and Pew Internet and American Life Project reveal that despite the increasing number of e-books available to library patrons, libraries themselves face big challenges in weathering the transition."

Check out this 6/21/12 article published on paidcontent.org: "Yeah, e-books are great — but libraries are in a tough spot," by Laura Hazard Owen. Ring true for your library? Agree? Disagree? Feel free to leave your comments below.

16 July 2012

New MARC records

We have new marc records available for download. To find them on the blog, go to the side panel on the right, click on the "marc records" widget, and open the "Listen Up ! Vermont folder. We receive the marc records as onesies and twosies and compile them in a larger file. There are two compiled files, May_2012_audiobooks, and May_2012_ebooks.

12 July 2012

VT Library Tech Club & UnConference

*Please excuse any cross postings*

From : Joshua Muse, Technology/Communications Specialist, Burnham Memorial Library

Greetings. I’d like to take this opportunity to invite anyone with an interest to join what we’re calling the VT Library Tech Club. It’s intended to be an informal group to discuss technology in libraries, to ask questions, share experiences, and collaborate within the state. We’re not assuming a particular level of experience with technology, just an interest in the topic. We’ve created a Google Group to give us a venue for communication – it’s located at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/vt-library-tech-club . Or, if you have any questions, or would like to join, please feel free to get in touch with me at jmuse{at}colchestervt.gov .

In addition, I’d like to mention the Library Technology Unconference, which is taking place on Thursday, September 13th, from Noon-4:30 pm, in Berlin:

The purpose of this Unconference is to bring together a network of technologists of all levels in Vermont's public libraries, to discuss the best tools available to our public, make way for tech savvy leaders, manage organizational change, and move our libraries forward. Come to hear what other libraries are doing and to share your innovative ideas. Click here to register - http://bit.ly/I5uZ0W