January 31, 2017

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Did you know that your patrons now have access to browser-based reading through the Cloud Library web portal? This is great news for patrons that may have older devices that are no longer compatible with the app. To use this functionality, patrons only need to visit ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/illinoisheartland via any web browser on their device and log in with their library barcode number and pin. Patrons can then navigate to My Books to access and read their borrowed items.

The new SHARE Training Moodle Site is live! To access online training, visit the SHARE website, click on Training and then log in with your Polaris username and password. Currently under eResources, you’ll find two updated Cloud Library courses. MyMediaMall and Zinio trainings will appear in the coming weeks. Pick a course you’re interested in and ‘self-enroll’ to access the training at any time. Don’t forget, you can also find current promotional items for SHARE eResources on the SHARE website under eResources > Promotional.

Many of our member libraries are working on or getting ready to work on the IPLAR.  When counting consortial eBooks, the IPLAR requires that you include the total number of eBooks and eAudiobooks that your patrons have access to (or the total number of items available in the collection).  Cloud Library stats are sent out the start of each month. MyMediaMall members can run reports in the Overdrive Marketplace as detailed in this instructional handout.  Questions? Feel free to contact me.

Free Trial for Academic Libraries:
Infobase Learning is offering a free trial of their Films on Demand products to academic libraries in IHLS throughout the month of February. The products available via the free trial are listed below. If you are interested in taking a look at these databases, email me and I’ll send you the user name and password. You are also welcome to contact Hayley Bloch, Digital Services Consultant at: hbloch@infobaselearning.com to set up your own free trial.

  • Films on Demand: Master Academic Package
  • Films On Demand: Master Career & Tech Ed Package
  • FMG Archival Films & Newsreels Collection

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