Join us for the next open Community Outreach training

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Gearing up for the next big marketing initiative for your download collection at your library? Before you do, plan to attend our open Community Outreach training on Thursday, March 4 at 2:00 PM ET. I’ll be sharing examples of what our highest circulating libraries are doing to promote their service and ways to get new patrons… Read more »

BlackBerry audiobook app now available

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If you’re a BlackBerry user, you can now wirelessly download audiobooks from your library’s ‘Virtual Branch’ website. Today, we released the public beta version of our BlackBerry audiobook app, which enables users to download MP3 audiobooks directly to their BlackBerry smartphone. The app joins the previously released versions for Windows Mobile and Android. The beta… Read more »

Sony Reader Daily Edition is a good option if you have the money

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With eBooks still being a hot topic, even months after the busy holiday season, I decided to review the newest device from Sony: the Reader Daily Edition. Below, I’ve broken down each aspect of the device from functionality to features and also specifications. Let’s start with the specs: The Sony Reader Daily Edition is PC and Mac compatible and… Read more »

Launching Wake County’s downloadable media library

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Wake County Public Libraries in Raleigh, NC, premiered its Downloadable Media Library on February 1st. We were glad to have an at-home service to offer patrons that day, as Raleigh was blanketed with snow, and schools and many businesses were closed. Within minutes of opening our site to the public, we had patrons logging in… Read more »

Librarians Share starting tomorrow

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When we launched the Digital Library Blog in August, we wanted to create a place for our library partners to exchange ideas about promoting and developing their ‘Virtual Branch’ download websites. Cindy Orr‘s monthly posts started us on the right foot, and now we’re ready to add another helpful feature to the blog. Starting tomorrow,… Read more »

An OverDriver’s Mexico City Adventure

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I returned from Mexico City last week with deeper knowledge of the Latin American culture and an appreciation for the Americas past. The city, located on a plateau at an altitude of 7,300 ft, had much to offer with its rich culture, delicious cuisine, and warm people. I toured the Teotihuacán pyramids, the artist village of Coyoacán… Read more »

What’s on your Waiting List?

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Welcome back to our monthly posts on ‘Real Time Reports.’ Today we’re focusing on the importance of monitoring your ‘Current Waiting List’ and comparing that information to your ‘Waiting List History’ in Content Reserve. How many of you see titles such as ‘Twilight’, ‘Alex Cross’s Trial’, and many others continue to be on your waitlist?… Read more »

The 2010 Audie Nominations Are In

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On Feb. 15, The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the finalists in the 2010 Audies competition. Several of the year’s big books such as True Compass and The Help were among the nominees in 28 different categories. Standouts include: A Little Bit Wicked: An autobiography by Emmy Award-winner and Wicked star Kristin Chenoweth. Beat the Reaper:… Read more »

Digital Bookmobile in Phoenix

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The Digital Bookmobile will be in the Greater Phoenix area all this week for events with the Arizona State Library & Archives, Maricopa County Library District, Chandler Public Library, and Scottsdale Public Library. Check out the videos from this morning’s segments on ABC 15 and FOX 10 in Phoenix below. You can also stay up… Read more »

PBS Video Additions

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Looking at add video titles to your collection?  Now is a great time!  PBS Home Video, known for their groundbreaking series and children’s specials, has refreshed their Maximum Access video offerings to include a wide variety of titles including: Carrier: This 10-part series follows the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz during a six month deployment… Read more »