OCLC and Goodreads

My enjoyment and use of Goodreads continues, and I am encouraging family members, friends, and colleagues who count on me as their readers advisor to join me on Goodreads. Have you noticed that through a partnership with  OCLC (since 2007), you can pretty painlessly link to your home library to see if the item you are longing for on your “to-read list”  is available? It makes perfect sense for the two entities to partner up, and this union has provided greater visibility for libraries.   A new agreement pledges to improve Goodreads members’ experience of finding fresh, new things to read through libraries. It will also provide libraries with a way to reach this key group of dedicated readers through social media. Since 2007, Goodreads has sent more than 5 million web referrals to WorldCat, and it is hopeful that the expanded partnership will increase that number.
Go to http://tinyurl.com/co75gl8 for the minute details of this expanded partnership between OCLC and Goodreads.

Kansas State Library Launches Facebook Campaign

Have you seen posts on Facebook telling you which books are either unavailable as library ebooks, or how they are being priced for libraries? I love this smart social media campaign to make the library and ebook challenge real and understandable to the end user! Haven’t seen it? Read on…

The Kansas State Library has launched a social media campaign against what it says are unfair practices to keep bestselling electronic books out of the hands of libraries and their patrons. Library officials have started a page on Facebook,  www.facebook.com/thebig6ebooks, “bringing attention to the titles publishers are refusing to sell (as) e-books to libraries, price gouging or limiting checkouts per copy purchased.” Get more detail  at http://tinyurl.com/bvh7sc3, home of the Wichita Eagle, Nov. 12, 2012.


Pining for Pinterest

Laura Perenic writes: “As a self-confessed book-cover judger, displays of jacket art and themed book displays make my mental taste buds water. Imagine my delight when I realized that Pinterest, in addition to having loads of other content, is a veritable smorgasbord of fiction suggestions to please my young adult (YA) palate. As a fan of an author’s work, you can follow their page, boards, and pins for the latest news. Many teen authors use Pinterest to reach their audience; and YA Highway has a compiled list of YA authors using Pinterest.
Full blog post at YALSA The Hub, Nov. 12

Source of snippet: American Libraries Direct 11/14/2012

50 Great Mobile Apps for Librarians

The theme of the 16th annual Internet Librarian Conference this year was Transformational Power of Internet Librarians: Promise & Prospect. As the conference planners point out, Internet librarians have been revolutionizing the Net for many years, and are poised to transform their communities in exciting new ways. Technologist  keynote speaker David Weinberger said, we have to “build networks that make us smarter.” This event showcased leading-edge tools, strategies and techniques for transforming campuses, communities and organizations.  One of the presentations that might interest you was given by Richard Le, SanRafael Public Library, and Tom Duffy, San Francisco Public Library. Together they shared the 50 mobile apps most useful to them as librarians. Its always interesting to compare your favorite tools to theirs to see how many are a match.

Go to their  slideshare presentation at http://50apps.weebly.com/presentation.html and who knows, maybe you will pick up at least one new tool that perfectly suits your needs. I know I did!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to our 319 member libraries!

We hope you’ve had a wonderful year and much to be thankful for. Here at CMLE, we are thankful for all of you!! You do wonderful work in your libraries and provide fantastic support to your patrons/students. It’s not an easy job, but it’s an important one! Thanks for all you do each and every day!

We hope you enjoy your long weekend. Take in every moment you can with your loved ones!

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