March 1, 2017

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In our recent Cloud Library Satisfaction Survey, we learned that 58% of Cloud Library shopping cart users place items in their carts a couple of times a year or less. If your library is one that rarely uses your cart, you might want to be added to our “no cart” list. This will help us to better budget on multiples copies and suggested items through out the year. Libraries on the “no cart” list are welcome to suggest titles to me for purchase at any time. Ready to hand over your cart? Just let me know.  

Did you know?
One or two new shelves are added to the Featured area in the Cloud Library each week. One details any new purchases we’ve made and the other is usually seasonal, interesting, or full of fun reads!   

In the News:
As anyone who subscribes to an eBook platform knows, the issue of copyright, libraries, and eContent is a sticky one. Libraries don’t really own the eBooks they purchase because of non-negotiable licensing terms. Plus, we’re beholden to circulation restrictions and higher pricing from eBook publishers. The Copyright Office has been taking input and has started a discussion about rewriting key parts of the Copyright Act that could impact library use of eContent. In reponse, the ASCLA Consortial eBooks Interest Group in partnership with Califa, has put together a Library Copyright Reform Statement About eBooks. You can read through the complete statement and sign on in support of it here if you feel so moved.

Vendor Demos:
Now that we’re approaching spring, several vendors have offered to provide informational webinars to our members regarding their products.  Details below and in L2.

EBSCO: Flipster – Learn more about EBSCO’s digital magazine platform Flipster. A demo will be provided and you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions. Illinois libraries are eligible for a 50% discount on Flipster during the first year of a new subscription.
March 14 @ 9:00 am  |  March 16 @ 2:00 pm

EBSCO: Database Packages for Illinois Libraries – Learn what database packages are offered to members of IHLS and RAILS members in this brief 30 minute webinar.
March 14 @ 9:30 am  |  March 16 @ 2:30 pm

Demco Software: Boopsie, Wandoo Reader, SignUp – An introduction and speed demo of each of the products now offered by Demco Software will be provided, including SignUp/D!BS (formerly known as Evanced).
March 21 @ 2:00 pm  |  March 23 @ 9:00 am

PressReader - Do you want to learn more about the largest collection of premium digital newspapers and magazines in the world? PressReader is providing two web demonstrations of their product for IHLS member libraries. PressReader is also providing one complimentary hour of access to IHLS libraries.
March 28 @ 1:30 pm  |  March 30 @ 10:00 am