December 1, 2016

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In the month of November, over 29,500 items were circulated in the Cloud Library shared collection. Circulation of eAudiobooks keeps rising and our eBook circ is holding steady. Remember, libraries in SHARE that aren’t already participating in the Cloud Library can sign up at any time. Simply send me a completed fee request form and I’ll let you know the prorated amount for your library.  

Save the Date! Recorded Books will be hosting a Zinio user group meeting for libraries in IHLS on Thursday, February 2nd at the Forsyth Public Library. Any and all library staff members at both public and school libraries are invited. IHLS libraries that do not belong to our Zinio consortium, but would like to learn more are also invited. Please register in L2 if you plan on attending and stay tuned for more details!

Members of the MyMediaMall Overdrive consortium met before the holiday to discuss creating a governance structure for the consortium.  Meeting minutes will be sent to libraries that participate in MyMediaMall as soon as they are available.

Vendor Offers:
We’re looking into a possible group purchase of Beanstack for public libraries in SHARE. Beanstack provides a mobile-first solution for local families to participate in your library's programs, including summer reading, early literacy initiatives like 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, and book clubs for teens and adults. Patrons gain tools to discover books, log their reading, and earn incentives. The service is unique in its added focus on readers' advisory, including sending readers personalized recommendations of books at your library. For staff, Beanstack makes it easy to register patrons, create reading and activity challenges, and produce extensive reports. The entire experience is set apart by it’s mobile-first design, simply customized to match your library’s brand and link directly to your collection.

Beanstack will be providing two informational webinars for members on Tuesday, December 6
(10:00 am | 2:00 pm). Register in L2 to attend the session that works best for you and let me know what you think about the product!

Important Dates:

SHARE Chat: Circ & Resource Sharing – Wednesday, December 21, 1:00 pm via Adobe Connect