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.


“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

Author: Cynthia Williford
Twitter: @cynthiwilliford


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

To read submitted eBooks, state library patrons may visit

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

Author: Loyd Price
Twitter: @wtaptelevision

Meridian-Lauderdale County Library no longer a quiet book tomb


Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star. Malik Sealey, left, and Jayvion Allen enjoy using the iPads with help from children´s assistant Sylvia Collins at the Meridian/Lauderdale Country Library.

Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library meets technology head-on with variety of services

Many changes have come to Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library the last several years.

There was a time not so long ago when most library patrons came to the library looking to either check out available books, to leaf through available magazines or newspapers, or maybe to sit quietly and do homework.

But today, the library’s services have expanded well beyond the confines of the library’s building at 2517 Seventh St. in Meridian. Patrons can check out books and download them online, and also lease.


Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star. Emmett Hannah and his sister, Elizabeth, use the computers offered at the Meridian/Lauderdale Country Library.

While patrons still visit the library to check out books or browse magazines, they are also able to check out a variety of online materials, or to use the 15 Internet-equipped computers located at the library and designated for public use.

“Technology really has changed things,” said the library’s director, Barbara Gough. “Patrons are able to access information faster and more easily. You can sit down, push a button or two, and get the information that before took a great deal of research. As a library, we always want to respond to people’s needs.”

Today, a local library card also gets you access to an array of online ebooks. Through OneClickdigital, patrons can access more than 165,000 full-text digital books, including a variety of classic children’s books. The books can be viewed on any tablet.

On OneClickdigital, the library has access to a limited number of digital copies of the book. This means patrons must sometimes wait to check out particularly popular or otherwise in-demand books, just as they would if they checked out a hard copy of a book from the library.

There also is typically a limit to how long ebooks can be checked out, just as there would be for traditional books. Books are typically available for a two-week checkout. All ebook checkout is done online, and coming to the library for checkout or return isn’t necessary, likely making late fees a thing of the past for many library users.

A Google site provides patrons with almost 3 million free e-books that are not copyrighted and therefore available through the public domain. Some of the most popular books are found in the Free Classics section. Another site, Gutenberg, gives readers access to about 33,000 free ebooks. These can be read on a personal computer, Kindle or other portable device. No registration is required for the Gutenberg site.

The International Children’s Digital Library site also gives young and young-at-heart readers access to a variety of free books.

Another library service, Flipster, gives readers access to digital copies of a variety of magazines. A library card gives you magazine access on your computer, smartphone or tablet. There is not a limit on the number of magazines users can read at the same time, and there’s never a waiting list for magazines. Both current issues and back issues are typically available on Flipster.


Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star. Alexia Mosley holds her little brother Andrew as they look through a selection of DVDs offered at the Meridian/Lauderdale County Library.

One of the most popular spots in the library continues to be the Children’s Services Department. The department offers a variety of children’s programs throughout the year. The main goal of all children’s programming is to encourage reading and a lifelong love of books and learning.

The children’s events often shatter the quiet that some might expect from libraries of the past. A story time for toddlers is held each Tuesday at 10 a.m. On Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., students in grades kindergarten through four can come and hear a story time and complete a craft to take home. A popular LEGO club also meets, and attracts both children and adults.

Gough said that the expectation for noise levels in the library has changed through the years, with libraries shifting from almost entirely silent places to spaces where quiet talking and a variety of activities also are expected.

“We aren’t the quiet book tomb we once were,” Gough said. “It’s not uncommon to hear children squealing with delight. We’ve even had the MHS drum line perform in the library. We ask patrons to respect each other, of course, but there is a lot of enjoyment at the library, and that isn’t always done in silence.”

And while the library strives to be responsive to the needs of a new generation, that doesn’t mean that generational library favorites are going anywhere.


Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star. Shelia Allen takes time to read a book to her children, Jayvion Allen, left, and Jaylen Rush at the Meridian/Lauderdale County Library.

The long-popular storyline, which has been around for decades, continues to operate, entertaining a new generation of young people who call to hear a children’s story read on the phone by a local librarian. Both children’s book classics and popular new titles have been read on the line in recent months. The free call is available 24 hours a day and can be accessed by calling 601-482-4444.

In keeping with the times, today’s children also can use the computer in the children’s area. Three computers with internet access are available. As a safeguard, children who use the computers must have their own library card and also have a consent form signed by their legal parent or guardian.

The process of applying for a library card usually takes less than about five minutes and are required to check out any library materials, including most online materials. To secure a resident library card, individuals must live, work or own property in Lauderdale County. A state-issued ID, such as a driver’s license, is typically used to secure a library card. If a patron’s license doesn’t reflect a Lauderdale County address, an additional ID with a current address must be used. This might include printed personal checks, a voter registration card, utility bill or canceled mail. There is a $5 fee for replacement library cards.

Children 6 years old and older can receive a juvenile library card. A parent or legal guardian’s signature is required.

Non-residents of Meridian and Lauderdale County can get a non-resident library card, issued for one-year increments. The fee is non-refundable. Proper identification and proof of residence is required for the non-resident card.

For more information on getting a library card or other library services, call 601-693-6771 or go to

Author: Monique Harrison-Henderson
Twitter: @meridianstar