Auburn Public Library launching Cloud Library program, working to expand offerings

58e1ce0d085f9.image.jpgThe Auburn Public Library is launching a new platform for its ebook and audiobook selection and is hoping to expand its offerings.

The library today uses OverDrive to offer cardholders ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. Patrons can access the books through a separate website and read or listen to them on most devices.

Over the next few weeks, the library will work to switch its collection over to Cloud Library, which will allow the library to offer econtent directly from the library’s site, alongside print content.

“Then they will be able to checkout and download directly from there without having to go back and forth,” said Brandon Rowland, digital services specialist. “It’s a really simple process, and you get to see everything we have to offer at once.”

Cloud Library will work in concert with the library’s new self-checkout system. When patrons use the system to checkout a book, they will also be prompted to download the corresponding ebook or audiobook.

Once the programs transition, the library’s entire catalog will be available in e-book or audiobook format. Rowland also hopes to expand the collection in the transition. Cloud Library will offer the library more purchase options for ebook or audiobook licenses, hopefully allowing them to offer more copies of back listed books, Rowland said.

Patrons using OverDrive will need to switch to the Cloud Drive app, which allows readers to read from their computers, smartphones and tablets. The app is available on Android devices, Apple devices, Nook tablets and Kindle Fire tablets. It will not work with basic e-readers.

The library first began looking into Cloud Library when planning began for the upcoming self-checkout project, said Library Director Chris Warren. More than 25,000 ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and digital magazines were borrowed last year, and Warren recognizes that the numbers are not dwindling.

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“We’re very aware that it’s a growing market, and it’s something that our customers demand,” Warren said. “We hope that this will help us fill that demand more easily and more quickly.”

The switch will take place in early May. OverDrive will be discontinued on May 9 and Cloud Library will launch on May 11. All ebook services will be unavailable on May 10.

Library employees are in week four of marking each item in the library’s collection with RFID tags and assigning barcodes to be used with the upcoming self checkout system, Warren said. They initially expected the process to take 10 to 12 weeks, but Warren now expects they will be finished in six to eight weeks.

The self-checkout will begin operation by the end of May, if not sooner, Warren said.

For more information about Cloud Library or the self checkout, visit www.auburnalabama.org/library.

Author: Cynthia Williford
Twitter: @cynthiwilliford
Source: http://www.oanow.com

ITU’S Digital Library Manages Access to 142,000 eBooks

file-photo-1489668730-4773.jpgThe online access to eBooks covers a wide variety of content across all important subject areas and fields.

Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab has managed to extend access to 142,000 ebooks through ITU digital library in Arfa Software Technology Park Campus.

The online access to eBooks covers a wide variety of content across all important subject areas and fields. This huge online source is an opportunity for optimum use by the students and other interested persons.

Dr. Umar Saif founding Vice Chancellor of ITU while lauding the efforts of Quality Enhancement Cell, Library & Knowledge Center has directed to further increase the quality eBooks relating to electronics, technology, economy and other important subjects for the benefit of the academia and students.

In order to facilitate the readers/ visitors, the ITU authorities have extended the library timings on weekdays and also announced to keep the library open on weekends.

According to new timings ITU library will remain open from Monday to Friday from 08:00 am to 10:00 pm with Juma prayer Break from 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm and now it will remain open on Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm. The library will remain closed on public holidays.

Author: Radio Pakistan Team
Twitter: @radiopakistan
Source: http://www.radio.gov.pk

New W. Va. Library service makes local authors’ eBooks accessible Nationwide

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The West Virginia Library Commission is announcing a new service, SELF-e – which gives local authors a platform to make their eBooks available to libraries across West Virginia and the U.S..

To access the service, authors may submit their works to the WVLC, who adds them to the Commission’s West Virginia Collection, a database of books provided to library patrons by the State Library.

Once the eBooks are added to the West Virginia Collection, they are then automatically reviewed by the Library Journal for inclusion in the journal’s SELF-e Select database. SELF-e Select is available to public libraries across the United States.

Heather Campbell-Schock, State Library Services Director, says, “West Virginia authors have rich stories and histories to tell. It is wonderful to be able to provide this service to the writers of the state.”

Authors may find more information about the SELF-e program and can submit their eBooks at https://selfe.librariescreate.com/self-e/org/wvlc/.

To read submitted eBooks, state library patrons may visit https://library.biblioboard.com/module/indie-west-virginia.

A WVLC library card is needed to access the library’s eBook database. To request a library card, visit the West Virginia State Library in the Culture Center in Charleston, W. Va., or send your name, address, phone number and email address to State Library Services at wvlcref@wv.gov.

Author: Loyd Price
Twitter: @wtaptelevision
Source: http://www.thenewscenter.tv