May 11, 2016

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Cloud Library participants will be very happy to know that by the end of the day today, most of the content from Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go (SILG) will have moved into our Cloud Library collection!  Over 6,000 eBooks and over 2,000 eAudiobooks will have been added over the last two days and we’re not done yet! Within the next couple of weeks we will also be transferring over 7,000+ Penguin/Random House titles. A final THANK YOU is in order to those libraries that belonged to SILG, we’re all very appreciative of their willingness to SHARE.

Don’t forget, patrons that have expired library cards, overdue fines, or lost materials can be blocked from checking out Cloud Library content through Polaris. To activate these settings for your library, simply fill out the Patron Initiated Renewal Blocking Conditions form on the SHARE website. Keep in mind that these settings will also block your patrons from renewing items via the PAC. Not sure if you’re settings are correct? Contact Traci and she will let you know what your current set up is.

Zinio participants should have received their FY2017 renewal form last week. We’ll be looking at our current magazine subscriptions this month and will be asking for feedback regarding new titles at the end of May. Comments or questions? Feel free to email me.  

Vendor Offers:
World Trade Press is currently offering members of the Illinois Heartland Library System a 20% discount on two of their most popular databases, AtoZ World Travel and AtoZ World Cultures. They are also providing a free trial of both products to IHLS members through June 12, 2016, so you can try them out! For pricing and log in information for the free trial, send me an email and I’ll get the information to you.

Gale is currently providing free demos for public libraries in IHLS interested in their new eBook Personas. Gale can provide digital eBook solutions aligned to your patron interests in small collections geared towards the Avid Gardener, DIYer, Home Chef, Techie, and more. Using public library demographic data, Gale can save you time and money while assisting you in providing targeted collection development. Digital titles through Gale provide simultaneous use access, no download restrictions, cross-searching and more. For more information or to request a demonstration, contact Mark Stroebel, Education Sales Consultant at 1-800-877-4253 x8993 or via email at: Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming free trial period.

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