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Try Out The MA Ebooks Project

   Monday, February 24th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

MA Ebooks ProjectThe Chelmsford Library is participating in a pilot project to help increase the number of ebooks Massachusetts residents can access through their library. This initiative is funded by the state and part of the FY15 MBLC Legislative Agenda

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) created this pilot project to explore the potential of purchasing ebooks from a variety of sources, and make them all available in one place. The pilot started with two vendors (Baker & Taylor and Bibliolabs), and will soon add a third, Ebook Library (EBL). This collections increases the number of ebooks available to Chelmsford residents by thousands of titles.

To Get Started
Patrons have the option of using the new state ebook catalog, which searches everything available from the participating vendors. Or, you can go to each vendor's individual catalog directly (Baker & Taylor or Bibliolabs - EBL coming soon!). Brochures - and friendly staff - are available at the library service desks to help answer questions, too.

What It Offers
The project involves different vendors, because they each offer different types of ebooks and other electronic content, suitable for different audiences:

  • Baker & Taylor: their AXIS360 product includes popular fiction and non-fiction ebooks (similar to Overdrive). They also offer childrens picture books, and their special Blio reader software which displays pictures books exactly as if you were holding the book itself - the software will even highlight and read the words aloud!
  • Bibliolabs: their Biblioboard search interface is an easy-to-use tool for finding historical books, photographs, recordings, and other primary resources that are in the public domain, which can be read online or downloaded to your device
  • EBL: When EBL joins the project, their classroom-oriented content will be great for students working on projects. This content is all simultaneous use too, which means there is no limit to how many people can access it at the same time

You can also visit http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/econtent/ to see all of the download/streaming resources the library offers.

Tell Us What You Think
This initial pilot phase of the project includes 50 libraries across Massachusetts (including Chelmsford). And since this is the trial of something new, we'd like to hear feedback from patrons on what you think. If you have comments or questions, please contact Brian Herzog, Head of Reference, at bherzog@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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New Feature for Suggesting Ebooks for the Library to Purchase

   Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

The service we use for ebooks (and downloadable audiobooks) is called Overdrive, and recently a new title suggestion feature has been added to our Overdrive catalog.

There are two ways to get to this suggestion feature. First, be sure to search our Overdrive catalog to see if we already have the title you're looking for. At the bottom of every search page (including the "No Results" screen), you'll see this banner:

OD-RTL2

Clicking that will automatically search the entire Overdrive catalog of available titles for your search criteria - not just those that the Chelmsford Library has already purchased, but everything we could potentially purchase too. If the title is available for purchase, click the "Recommend" button, and fill in your patron information. Then, if the title is purchased, you will be notified when it's available for checkout.

The second way to search for purchase recommendations is through the Advanced Search page. At the bottom are options for the scope of your search:

OD-RTL1

Choosing "My library's collection" (which is the default option) will only search what we've already purchased. However, choosing "Additional titles to recommend" lets you search all available-to-purchase titles, and gives you the option to click the "Recommend" button to let us know you're interested.

All patron recommendations are reviewed by the MVLC ebook selection committee, who decide whether or not to purchase them for the consortium.

If you have any questions about this new suggestion feature or Overdrive ebooks in general, please contact the Reference staff at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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New Look for Overdrive Ebooks and Audiobooks Catalog

   Monday, March 4th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Overdrive Next Gen catalogThe online catalog the library uses for ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, called Overdrive, updated its website with a new look this weekend. If you haven't already, please check it out at http://mvlc.lib.overdrive.com.

There is an online guide that introduces all the new features, and new printed guidelines will be ready soon. A few important changes to note are:

  • The way to choose how long you'd like to check out an item has changed dramatically:
    1. Below the large BORROW button on a title's information page it will say "This title can be borrowed for 14 days. (Change)." Clicking on the "Change" button will allow you to set a new lending duration.
    2. From the ACCOUNT screen in the SETTINGS tab on the right of the page and must be done BEFORE a title is checked out in order to take effect. As always, everything but WMA Audiobook titles can be returned early so we recommend the maximum checkout duration for eBook titles as they can always be returned early but they cannot be renewed.

    Any change made to this setting from either the method in 1 or 2 will become the new default.

  • Patrons can now return their EPUB and MP3 Audiobook titles early directly from their "Bookshelf" screen in the new OverDrive web interface. Below each title is a new button "Return Title" so a patron will not have to return the title through Adobe Digital Editions as was required previously.

The new look only applies to the website - people using the mobile app will not notice any change. If you use Internet Explorer 7 you will need to download the Google Chrome plug-in to display the page correctly, as that version of the browser does not support all the features of the new layout. Alternatively you could update to the latest version of the browser.

If anyone has any questions please contact the Reference Desk.

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More Ereaders Support for Overdrive Ebooks

   Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford patrons can use the library's subscription to Overdrive to download and read ebooks - and the service just got better.

Overdrive recently announced that their ebooks will now work on both the Borders Kobo eReader and the Pandigital Novel.

Kobo eReader
Kobo eReader
Pandigital Novel
Pandigital Novel

If you've been thinking about buying an ereader for yourself, Overdrive lists all of the devices they support - which means you'll have access to all of the ebooks available through the Chelmsford Library. We also have a list of other places you can download ebooks.

And remember, Overdrive has downloadable audiobooks too!

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Ebooks Now Available

   Monday, May 3rd, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Ebook imageThe Library's Overdrive subscription has been expanded to offer ebooks in addition to audiobooks.

These ebooks are in the Adobe EPUB format, and work with many ereader devices, including the Barnes and Noble Nook and Sony eReader - they are not compatible with the Amazon Kindle or Apple iPad.

Anyone with a valid MVLC library card can visit http://mvlc.lib.overdrive.com to start browsing. We're starting with a small ebook collection, but will continue to add titles.

Searching for ebooks works the same as searching for audiobooks, but you will need to download and install the free Adobe Digital Editions software. Overdrive provides instructions for getting started, and offers a great video guided tour of using our Overdrive library. We also have an introductory brochure [pdf] that gives tips on using Overdrive.

In addition to Overdrive, our Reading Room page lists other places from which Chelmsford residents can download free ebooks (including some Kindle resources).

If you're still considering purchasing an ebook reader, here are resources to help you evaluate which device would work best for you:

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