Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Features for eMedia Catalog

Today, we added some new experimental features to the eMedia Catalog and we would like to know what you think of them!

Readers will have new search options. The default is to search the Library collection for titles available to check-out or place a hold.  Clicking the Additional Titles button will allow you to search the Library Collection as well as hundreds of thousands of eBooks and audiobooks the library does not own. From this list your can recommend books for the library to purchase.
  • To Recommend to the Library – 
    • Sign into your eMedia Account
    • Locate a title the library does NOT own
    • Click Recommend button

      The Recommend form appears


    • Indicate if you wish to be notified if the title is purchased and/or placed on the holds list.
    • Enter your eMail address
    • Click Recommend This Title
  •  Book and Author impressions and “Librarian Likes” - connecting readers with books and authors as well as library events such as author visits and links to authors websites, Facebook pages, YouTube book trailers and author speaking events in the local area. 
  •  “Buy it Now” – if you are buying eBooks you can support your library by using the Buy It Now link in the eMedia Catalog. Every Buy it Now sale from these links will result in affiliate fee credit to the library to be used to purchase additional eBooks and eAudio books.
Gives these new features a try and let us know how you like them by commenting here or emailing us at ask@lvccld.org.

12 comments:

Stacey said...

I love this feature and would like to be able to request print titles this way also.

I did notice that it would only allow me to recommend two titles at one time. I'd like to request that this limit be raised.

Chris Vegas said...

Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you are enjoying requesting eBooks and eAudio Books. The limit of two can be reviewed and I will forward the request to the purchasing department to see if they are willing to raise it. Yes, it would be great to have the same ability with the print collection. I'll pass the suggestion along. We purchase content weekly including titles suggested by our users. Unfortunately, at this time there is no way to let you know we will not be purchasing any titles you suggest, we are hoping in the future the vendor will add this option.

Traci said...

How do you request a title that is not under the header Additional Titles to Recommend? I see that the Las Vegas library has Cress by Marissa Meyer on eAudio, book on CD and a print book but not an ebook format. Is this simply because it does not exist?

Virtual Library said...

Hi Traci,
The "Additional Titles to Recommend" is EVERY eMedia book that it's possible for us to purchase. If you don't see it there either (a) it hasn't been published yet (check after the publication date) (b) It's not available at all in eMedia format (write to the publisher and ask them to release it in eFormat!) or (c) the publisher won't sell their electronic content to libraries. (Write to the publisher, and ask them to make their electronic content available to libraries.)

Thank you for checking with us!

kneib said...

I've been listening to the audiobooks in the wheel of time series. I'm up to book 12 and the library does not own it, it skips to book 13. It is not listed as a title I can "recommend." Maybe you can't recommend audiobooks? It doesn't fit either of your reasons for why it wouldn't be able to be recommended, I'm sure the library would want to know they are missing one book # in a large series though.

Chris Vegas said...

Hi Knieb, The "Additional Titles to Recommend" is EVERY eMedia book that it's possible for us to purchase. If you don't see it there either (a) it hasn't been published yet (check after the publication date) (b) It's not available at all in eMedia format (write to the publisher and ask them to release it in eFormat!) or (c) the publisher won't sell their electronic content to libraries. (Write to the publisher, and ask them to make their electronic content available to libraries.) Thank you for checking with us! on New Features for eMedia Catalog.

Virtual Library said...

Hi Kneib,

We DO have books 12 and 14 in WMA format only. Those won't play on any apple device, or any tablet or portable device.(They will play on your computer, or on a regular MP3 player.)

Since we have book 13 in MP3 format, I've written to Overdrive to ask them to check with the publisher to see when they'll have those other 2 books available in MP3.

I can't promise anything, and have no eta, but keep an eye on it!

Sandra Vaughan said...
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Sandra Vaughan said...

What is the limit on recommendation?
After the limit has been reached, when can you make another recommendation?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I was wondering the policy on what books you buy? I notice that there are not many gay/lesbian books bought by library. I have recommended a few and none have been bought. Is there a reason for this?

Chris Vegas said...

You can recommend two titles every week. We purchase titles weekly about $5,000 per week. Some of those purchases are included each week. Your recommendation stays on the list even if it is not purchased. Unfortunately at this time we can't notify you we are not purchasing the recommended title. We hope in the future, OverDrive will make this possible. A title must meet meet our purchasing policy which can be found here http://www.lvccld.org/about/policies/collection_development_policy.pdf
I will forward your suggestion to our collection development department for review. Thank you for your suggestions.

Chris Vegas said...

Please find our purchasing policy at http://www.lvccld.org/about/policies/collection_development_policy.pdf
We do purchase gay/lesbian books. Recommendations may take a few weeks to fill. Please see the previous comment for additional information.