13 August 2013

New Recommend Feature

 We have introduced a new feature to Listen Up! Vermont. Now you or your patrons can directly search and recommend books available on Overdrive for purchase for Listen Up! Vermont.

To use this feature search for a book or author you are interested in. At the bottom of the search results screen there is a button that users can click and then search through all the books available for purchase on the Overdrive catalog.

Here is a screen shot of what it looks like:

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Right now patrons can recommend 3 titles they want to see in our collection every 30 days.

They must be logged into the website to recommend a title and they have the option of being notified if it is purchased and/or being put on hold.




















We might have some delays in purchasing at first while we work out the kinks. Thanks for your patience and hopefully this will make Listen Up! Vermont a little more useful for patrons and libraries alike.

-Lyndsey vtaudiobooks@gmail.com

09 August 2013

New Blog Layout and Help options

You may have noticed that I have been busy this week making changes to the blog. My hope is to make things look a little less busy and be more accessible, provide more help materials and provide a way to contact us on the blog.

Take a look and please give me feedback if you notice something that is weird or badly formatted. I hope this helps everyone get more from this resource.

Thanks!
Lyndsey
vtaudiobooks(at)gmail.com

06 August 2013

New Version of Overdrive Media Console App



Overdrive is rolling out a new version of their app! Read below for more info or to sign up for a webinar training.

Thanks! Lyndsey
We’re delighted to announce that a new version of OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) is on its way. This release will include a new and improved interface design, enhancements such as syncing reading progress and bookmarks across multiple devices, and improved performance. OMC v3.0 will be available to Android and iOS users on August 20, 2013 and users will be prompted to install the new version.

What’s New
OMC v3.0 has been completely redesigned with a focus on making the user experience more intuitive. You can preview the new app here. The Next Generation of OMC will feature:


  • A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation and a one-stop reorganized menu. App functions are just a swipe and tap away.
  • Users will be able to sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
  • Variable speed playback for iOS. Audiobook users’ most requested feature.
  • First run tutorial screens. The app now prompts first time users to add libraries and get books.
  • System Requirements: OMC v3.0 for Android users requires Android OS v4.0 (or newer). OMC for Android v2.6.5 will remain available for download. OMC for iOS requires iOS 6 (or newer).

Launch Plan
To help your library prepare for the upcoming release, OverDrive has created several resources to educate library staff and get the word out to end users.


Live webinars for library staff
Participate in a 30 minute training on the new OMC app. Sessions will be held on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, August 13 at 3 PM ET
Wednesday, August 14 at 11 AM ET




Unable to attend? A recording will be posted to our Learning Center on August 16.
Coming Soon graphic
A "Coming Soon" promotional graphic will be added to your digital library website. The graphic will link to the preview video.
Marketing kit
In the OverDrive Media Console v3.0 marketing kit, we’ve created an email template that you can use to notify end users and/or include as an article in your upcoming library newsletter. You’ll also find sample Facebook posts and tweets to spread the word quickly and easily.
OverDrive Help
On launch day, OverDrive Help articles and videos will be updated with the new OMC v3.0 experience.

Be sure to subscribe to the Digital Library Blog for the launch notice. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Support via the Support tab in OverDrive Marketplace.

Regards,
OverDrive’s Library Partner Services