OverDrive to donate ebooks and audiobooks for simultaneous use library lending

In response to the unprecedented demand for digital books for your readers, OverDrive paid participating publishers and authors for rights to a growing collection of ebooks and audiobooks that will be provided for unlimited simultaneous use, at no cost for your library. Created to help your library deliver more titles to more readers, OverDrive’s COVID Response Collections will supplement your catalog with titles that can be used for student summer reading programs, digital book clubs, community reading events, and general inventory support.
Libraries are working to meet urgent demand for Juvenile and Young Adult content to serve remote learning during shutdowns. The first set of titles donated by OverDrive will be a Kids & Teens bundle including over 200 ebooks, audiobooks, and Read-Alongs from Rosen Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, Britannica Digital Learning, Triangle Interactive, and other participating publishers.
OverDrive is also acquiring rights from leading publishers for Adult Fiction and Nonfiction collections to support your library. We will update you as new collections are confirmed.
The Kids & Teens bundle of donated titles will be added to your OverDrive collection during the last week of June 2020. All ebooks and audiobooks will be available in simultaneous use, at no cost to your library, through August 31, 2021. When new titles are added to this program, we will automatically add them to your collection. As with all OverDrive-supplied content in your collection, you will be able to curate these donated titles in any way you’d like.
We will follow-up when the first titles in the OverDrive COVID Response Collections are live. Until then, please feel free to reach out to your Account Manager with any questions, or if you wish to opt out of receiving this donation.

Winter 2020 Cooperative Purchase

Please find below the link for the Winter 2020 Cooperative Purchase online order form. The offerings for this purchase are much like those of the previous Cooperative Technology Purchase.

Winter 2020  Cooperative Technology Purchase Order Form

  • We are using an online order form for the Winter 2020 Cooperative Purchase. Please fill it out online, once we receive your order, we will send a confirmation email. Please respond to the confirmation email so that we can ensure your order is correct.
  • We will be offering iPads for purchase in this order. As these devices are very subjective and require user specific iTunes accounts, SELCO cannot provide support for them.
  • We are using Faronics Deep Freeze to lock down the public computers. You will notice this option on the bottom of page one for Deep Freeze, select this if you are planning on getting a public computer or using a Nettop for an iPac computer.
  • The Dell Optiplex Desktops, and Dell Latitude Laptop computers come with Windows 10. New Deep Freeze licenses may be required for public computers, as Windows 7 Deep Freeze License keys DO NOT work on Windows 10 PCs.

Please submit your orders online by Friday, February 7, 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the SELCO Help Desk, thank you.

SaaS 101: What is Software as a Service? Webinar on Jan 23

In June 2019, SELCO will begin using SirsiDynix’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform to provide access to Horizon for Online Libraries. Join Donovan Lambright, SELCO Automation Librarian, for a 30-minute webinar to learn more about SaaS and what the change will mean for your library.

When: January 23, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Where: On your computer or mobile device!

Register now!

Understanding Horizon Settings Class in January; Moratorium on Horizon Settings Changes

Based on feedback from the ILS Operations / Technology Policy joint committee, SELCO is developing a new online training class to help library/media center Directors better understand the myriad of settings in the Horizon system and their impact on library services. Once library staff have taken Understanding Horizon Settings, SELCO staff will pay a site visit to review that library’s settings with the Director and make changes (if needed) to better fit their services.

The class will launch in CLOTH on January 04, 2019. Directors at all libraries using Horizon are required to take this class within 12 months of the launch date. Directors may choose to include their library’s Automation Contact(s) as desired. 

While SELCO completes development of Understanding Horizon Settings, we are declaring a moratorium on changes to Horizon settings. This pause will be in effect, starting today, for each library until it completes the class and the corresponding site visit. 

Thank you for your patience as we finish work on this project, which we believe will enhance the use of Horizon within the larger vision of services provided by each Online Library. Please contact the SELCO Help Desk with any questions on Understanding Horizon Settings or the settings moratorium  

NEW: Free Limited Cataloging for Small Public Libraries and School Media Centers

In continuing our efforts to make SELCO cataloging service more timely, efficient and incremental to our member libraries, we are pleased to announce limited free cataloging for small public libraries and all school media centers using the Horizon system. Starting January 1st, 2019, SELCO will catalog up to 20 items a month as a part of your automation fees.

For the schools that currently have contract cataloging this service replaces it, and expands to those schools not currently using contract cataloging. For mediums and large public libraries a plan to pilot and evaluate the feasibility for this service is being developed.

In order to save time for all and space in your delivery tubs, we’re transitioning to an online submission for your items. You’ll find the form here. You’ll get an email back from us when your items have been cataloged, or if we need you to send the item in for original cataloging.

As always, before you submit those items, make sure that there is not already a bibliographic (bib) record that will work in Horizon.  Search Horizon by both ISBN/UPC and title to see if you can find a bib record that will work for your item in hand. A good reference on whether or not you can use a bib for your item can be found here. If you search by title and find a record that will work, please add the ISBN into your record (if you have cataloging permissions in Horizon).

Please contact the SELCO Help Desk with any questions.

UPDATE: SELCO/SELS Board Approves SaaS

At the October 23, 2018, SELCO/SELS full board meeting, the board approved moving forward with Software as a Service (SaaS) for the Horizon ILS as endorsed by the ILS Operations Committee on October 18, 2018.

The first step in the process is the acceptance of the quote after which SirsiDynix will assign a Project Coordinator for us.  We will know, and be sharing, more information about the timeline, process, etc. soon.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donovan or Krista.

Online Fee Payment Change

As was previously reported, online fee payments through PayPal have not been writing to the Horizon database since June. SELCO has been investigating methods to repair the situation and has arrived at a solution.
 
On Monday, August 27, we will be turning on BLUEcloud Commerce as a replacement to PayPal. This is a product supplied by our Horizon/Enterprise vendor SirsiDynix so it integrates well between them.
 
Functionally, there are some minor differences from PayPal:
  • There is a minimum $1 payment before fees can be paid in order to ensure merchant fees are covered.
  • Borrowers no longer leave the catalog when paying fines. The functionality is built in and they can quickly return to My Account (image below).
From our testing, everything else will work like PayPal. Credit card payments will log to the location matching the Enterprise profile the borrower logged into initially. If you use Adhoc reports, this may affect those but the Web Reporter ones should still function normally. SELCO will continue to disperse the funds as we have under PayPal.
 
If you or your borrowers encounter difficulties with the new product, please let the Help Desk (helpdesk@selco.info) know immediately. Thank you for your patience as we have dealt with this unexpected situation.

New Resources for Accessing OverDrive Materials

OverDrive and Libby iconsThe exciting new partnership between SELCO and Rochester Public Library allows patrons to access digital materials from each of the 2 separate collections. SELCO patrons can learn more about how to access eBooks from RPL’s collection in these very brief videos on SELCOtv. Instructions for using Libby are located here, and using OverDrive from the SELCO Online Catalog are here

For detailed instructions on downloading, installing, and using Libby to access the digital collections, see this handy brochure produced by Rochester Public Library and edited for SELCO patrons.

SELCO & Rochester Public Library Announce New Digital Sharing Agreement

SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) and Rochester Public Library (RPL) are teaming up to offer more digital titles to southeast Minnesota residents.

Under the OverDrive RLA (Reciprocal Lending Agreement), library cardholders have greater access to eBooks and audiobooks, in each organization’s OverDrive digital collection. The agreement allows the regional library system and the Rochester library to offer digital books similarly to the way the two organizations share physical materials.

“Our patrons have been requesting this type of service for years,” explains RPL’s Head of Readers Services, Kim Edson. “The lending option wasn’t available previously, but it’s been something we’ve investigated with SELCO over the years.”

The RLA agreement was approved in late spring by the governing boards of both RPL and SELCO, and the two organizations launched the new service at the end of June.

“We wanted to work out any potential issues before formally announcing the agreement,” says SELCO Executive Director Krista Ross, adding, “However, the OverDrive platform is intuitive enough that we already have users engaging with this new service.”

The popularity of Libby, a digital reading app, has, in part, led to an increase in circulation for digital titles. At RPL, the circulation of digital materials increased 8.5% in 2017 with over 550,000 digital downloads from OverDrive and other digital services. At SELCO, users accessed 175,000 titles in 2017, an increase of 4.6% over the previous calendar year.

“We continue to see our digital collection being more popular,” says Edson, adding, “We hope that by giving all residents in the SELCO region the ability to access both collections, we will help meet the demand and maximize the use of our respective collections.”

For more information about the expanded services, patrons can visit each organization’s website: SELCO at www.selco.info  or www.rochesterpubliclibrary.org.