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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.

SELCO and Rochester Public Library Survey OverDrive Users

SELCO and Rochester Public Library (RPL) are partnering to survey patrons that have used OverDrive. The first survey, which launched yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, gathers baseline data on use of the platform. A second brief survey will be sent as a follow up in approximately one month; we will post further information on that survey before it goes out. Patrons who have used OverDrive were sent the survey via email. 
 
We are pleased to report that we have had almost 450 responses as of 8:15 am this morning (Friday).
 
In planning this survey, we did not anticipate requiring  any action from Online Libraries. We have since learned, however, that the design of the survey has caused some unexpected issues. You may receive calls today from patrons wanting to know if this survey is legit. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes your staff and patrons. 
 
Several of you have offered suggestions for improving the survey. Thank you! We will incorporate.those suggestions, and any others we might receive, into the second survey.
 

TECH ALERT: SELCO Office Internet Down – RESOLVED

UPDATE, 12-07-2017, 9:15 am – It appears that our internet access is back up but we have not received confirmation from our Internet Service Provider (ISP). After balancing the risk of sending you a premature “all-clear” with the impact of being down, we have decided to send this tentative message.

All services appear to be functioning normally and you may resume normal operations. Please be aware that, absent a confirmation message from our ISP, we cannot guarantee that things will stay up. But it’s looking pretty good. 
 
If you have been using PC Reliance for offline circulation, please contact the Help Desk to arrange for your files to be processed. Likewise, please contact the Help Desk with any questions or further issues. 
 
Thank you for your patience this morning. 

 

Internet service to the SELCO office is down. We have been in touch with TDS who report that they are unable to contact parts of their Wide Area Network (WAN); this would seem to indicate that the issue is on their end and is not limited to SELCO. Nevertheless, a technician from TDS to en route to our office. 

Despite the information we have from TDS, we have checked our networking equipment and are confident that nothing is wrong there. Fortunately, phone service to the building has not been affected. Since we use Google Apps for Education, our email is also unaffected. 

Horizon, being hosted at SELCO, is unavailable to Online Libraries. Enterprise is up and searchable; real-time status of items, requests, and My Account all require access to Horizon will not work. 

OverDrive and MackinVIA require access to Horizon for patron authentication and thus are not available at the moment. We are contacting both to have authentication temporarily disabled which will bring those services back as soon as possible. 

Without access to the main server at SELCO, Pharos will run in Standalone Mode IF the library has it enabled. 

Since phones and email are working, please contact us with any questions or issues stemming from this outage. If your library wishes to use PC Reliance for offline circulation, please contact the Help Desk to let us know. 

We’ll keep you all posted. Thank you for your patience as we deal with this situation. 

OverDrive Reading History

OverDrive has implemented a History page to the ebook catalog. This page automatically displays titles a user has borrowed (beginning now), and they have the option to manually add titles previously read (through OverDrive or other sources).

How the History Page Works:

  • Each time a title is borrowed, it is added to the user’s history. At launch, a user will see an empty history until they borrow a title, or manually add it.
  • Titles can be manually added through the context menu (…) or from the title details page. For example, users can add titles they read before the start of the history, or titles read from other sources (print, purchased, etc.).

  • Users can remove individual titles from the History page through the context menu (…) or on the title details page.

  • A user can choose to hide their history from the Settings page. If the user opts to display their history again at a later date, they will only see titles added from that point forward.
  • This has been a highly-requested feature from users over the years. OverDrive knows that some users have been tracking their read titles via ratings, so the history includes an option to import their rated titles list. If a rated title is already on the history, it will not be added again.

Meet Libby – The New OverDrive App

Libby, the one-tap reading app from OverDrive, is now available for your new users to download and enjoy.

As previewed in May, Libby is now being promoted on the OverDrive digital catalog, and OverDrive invites you to spread the word about Libby to your community. Visit their Resource Center for all your Libby needs, including a marketing kit, staff training, answers to FAQs, and more.

Stay tuned for more information later this year about what’s next for Libby! If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Jurns at mjurns@overdrive.com.

Big Library Read: The Other Einstein

The Big Library Read for The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict is now live and will run until June 26, 2017.

Don’t forget to visit the Big Library Read website for all of the great bonus material, including:

EBooks Minnesota: Summer Reading List for Teens

Summer reading programs have officially begun across the region.  Check out this great YA resource!

Beth Staats, Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian for Minitex wrote recently that “Summer is almost here and school is almost out.  Not sure what to read this summer?  Ebooks Minnesota now has a special curated collection for teen readers.  The Summer Reading for Teens collection contains all types of young adult and teen fiction including dystopia, mystery, sci-fi, romance, LGBT, horror, fantasy, chick-lit, paranormal, and more.  In this collection you can find the How to Ruin series and other books by Simone Elkeles, the Metal & Lace trilogy by Kathryn Rose, the Cassaforte Chronicles, the Dead Girl series, the Aether Chronicles and a lot more.”

Going Live with the New Minnesota Library Publishing Project

The Minnesota Library Publishing Project (MLPP) is a pilot project that provides online publishing tools and training information to support independent authors and small publishers across the state.  The MLPP is coordinated by Minitex with support from Minnesota’s academic and public libraries.

MLPP’s book design tool is Pressbooks: an easy-to-use, online, cloud-based service that enables authors and publishers to create attractive content using a wide variety of templates and formatting options. Templates are available that are tailored for poetry, fiction, family history, dissertations, and many other content types. Pressbooks assigns each uploaded manuscript a unique URL that authors can use to share their work. Pressbooks enables authors to export their work in the formats that are essential to publishing, including PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and HTML. Authors also have a variety of options to create print versions of their book(s).

Click here to learn more and access Pressbooks. Feel free to share this site with library staff and patrons.

Minitex will offer an introductory webinar on Pressbooks on Thursday, April 27th from 10:00 -10:45 AM. Click here to register.

The MLPP’s website also offers training videos, best practices documents, and step-by-step instructions on how to get started with Pressbooks.

For the academic library community — Minitex will launch a Community of Interest (COI) to explore how to support publishing within the library. More information on the COI is at the bottom of this message.

For the public library community — Minitex is working with MELSA and the Council of Public Library System Administrators (CRPSLA) on the launch of Library Journal’s SELF-e system, which will enable authors to share their work with readers across the state and potentially across the country. This program will launch in the metro area this summer and will likely spread to the rest of the state shortly thereafter. Minitex will send out news posts and place information on MLPP’s web page when it launches. It will be available to academics with a public library card. Contact Andrea McKennan at MELSA for more information.

Minitex hopes libraries and library users will find this information helpful. MLPP is an experimental endeavor.  Click here to share feedback with Minitex.

Big Library Read – Art of the Pie

The next Big Library Read is now live! The current title is Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott. It will be available from unlimited simultaneous downloads from the OverDrive catalog until March 30, 2017.

Bonus Material