For those of you with Cloud Library shopping carts, I’ll be purchasing on Thursday this week and next to make sure our patrons have plenty to read over the holidays. If you want to purchase items for the Cloud be sure to have those items finalized in your cart on Thursday, 12/22 and Thursday, 12/29 before noon. In case you missed it, the Cloud Library team will be releasing some updates to CAT very soon! One of those updates will allow your patrons to place holds on pre-pub titles, which should help us buy more copies and shorten the holds queue for bestsellers before they are officially out!
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!
Here’s another ‘Save the Date’. Beanstack will be providing two more webinars for SHARE libraries in February. 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. Click on the links below to register!