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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2013
Wauconda Area Library adds new state-of-the-art eBook service
Contact: Tom Kern
Library Director, Wauconda Area Library
847-526-6225 x209 tkern [at] wauclib [dot] org
WAUCONDA – Free access to many of the latest bestselling eBooks just got a whole lot easier at Wauconda Area Library, the first library in Illinois to add the 3M Cloud Library to its online catalog. The library’s catalog is no longer just for finding library materials, but can now be used by the public to check out eBooks from the catalog itself. Within seconds, any patron with Internet access can easily begin reading these books on their PCs, laptops, tablets, e-readers, or smart phones.
Integration of the 3M Cloud Library into the library’s automated catalog, designed and installed by Polaris Library Systems, was completed May 6. This marked the culmination of the library’s technology plan for making access to all circulating library items – both print and digital – as user-friendly as possible, whether the user is in the library or is using the library remotely via the Internet.
The library started offering access to the 3M Cloud Library in 2012, knowing the day would come that these books could be listed within the regular library catalog. Even back then, this service was ahead of its time because it enabled the library to purchase titles outright and add them to its online “shelves” for patrons to browse and borrow the titles they wanted – just as patrons have always done with library print materials.
The loan period for an eBook is two weeks, after which it is automatically “returned” to the library for the next patron to borrow. Patrons can easily return their eBooks before their due date, if they wish. 3M’s use of cloud technology enables readers to borrow eBooks from the library, at home, or on-the-go. Check out a book on an iPad, take notes while reading on a laptop, and finish the book on an Android smartphone. The bookmark feature works across all devices, so you never lose your place. You can read when, where and how you want.
When asked about the new eBook service, Library Director Tom Kern said, “If you own an iPad or some other tablet computer and have not yet used the 3M Cloud Library app, you’re missing out on one of life’s great pleasures. I used to agree with anyone who said there’s nothing like a good old book. I suppose I still feel that way once in a long while, but the library’s new 3M eBook service, along with my trusty iPad and aging eyes, has convinced me that there’s nothing like a good new eBook, as long as it’s as easy to access as the library’s eBooks are now.”
With the Polaris integration of the 3M Cloud Library, there is no easier way to get eBooks, and these eBooks are free for all Wauconda Area Library patrons. To begin reading, all you need is the free 3M Cloud Library app that you can get just like any other free app. Once you sign in using your library card number, you can select titles from the library’s 3M Cloud Library “shelves” or from your own personal “shelf” of eBooks you checked out using the library catalog.
Take the simple example of a patron looking for a book about Disney World, regardless of format. Let’s say the patron finds that the newest print books are all checked out. However, there are some eBooks available on the subject. The patron simply clicks the Check Out button for each one, and those eBooks are immediately available using the 3M Cloud Library app. If an eBook isn’t available, the patron can place a hold. eBook hold notifications will be sent directly from the catalog – just as it would for any other item – using the notification preferences patrons have already selected.
The 3M Cloud Library app is available from the iTunes Store, Google Play and the NOOK Apps Storefront, and its eBooks are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch, NOOK Tablets, Android devices, smartphones and Kobo, Sony and NOOK eReaders. However, they are not compatible with Kindle. An instructive Frequently Asked Questions web page is available at the library’s website.
EBook demand at the library has been doubling each year since 2010. Two years ago, Wauconda Area Library patrons checked out almost about 2,800 eBooks. Last year, they checked out nearly 5,000, and this year, that number could reach 10,000. Given the recent trends in eReader, iPad and tablet sales, this number is likely to continue doubling or even tripling each year for a while. This is the main reason the library decided to add 3M Cloud Library to its catalog, giving patrons user-friendly access to a growing number of titles from more than 300 publishers. The library will also continue to provide free access to MyMediaMall, a popular service that provides access to eBooks shared with dozens of other libraries in Illinois.
In 2011, Wauconda Area Library became the first library in Chicago’s north/northwest suburban area to select Polaris as their library automation vendor. After seeing presentations from the four leading vendors in this field, the library determined that Polaris seemed more forward-thinking and customer-oriented than the other companies. Just a few months after going “live” with the its system in October of that year, the library learned that Polaris and 3M would jointly be the first to make full access to eBooks available to libraries within their Polaris catalogs. Soon thereafter, the library started subscribing to the 3M Cloud Library in anticipation of integrating it with its Polaris system. After the installation of an important Polaris upgrade to its software in April, 2013, the library moved quickly to integrate the 3M Cloud Library within its catalog. The final touches of implementation were completed May 6, as scheduled.
“It could not have gone more smoothly, thanks to tech staff at Polaris and 3M,” Kern said about the final steps in the integration process. “We knew they were working on it remotely, but these sorts of projects typically require at least a bit of troubleshooting on our part. Not so, this time. Just before noon, our entire eBook collection simply appeared suddenly in the catalog and was immediately available for checkout, without a single glitch. That's what I call user-friendly!”
The Wauconda Area Public Library District, located in Lake and McHenry Counties in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, serves a population of 27,246 residents, including all or portions of Island Lake, Lakemoor, Lake Barrington, Port Barrington, Volo, and Wauconda.
More than 400 books were handed out by staff of the Schaumburg Township District Library during World Book Night on Tuesday, April 23 at the Campanelli YMCA, 300 W. Schaumburg Rd. New books were donated by major publishers, while gently used books were donated by the library.
World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Librarians from STDL were among library and bookstore staff nationwide who participated in this event. According to Librarian Anna Pederson, who coordinated STDL’s participation in World Book Night, “many people were skeptical until we explained there was no catch to getting the book. Once they realized the books were free, they were delighted.” Pederson added that the library plans to participate again next year, hopefully at two locations.
“We’re honored to be part of an initiative that puts books in the hands of people who love them, particularly people who might not otherwise have the means to purchase books,” said Library Director Stephanie Sarnoff. “We appreciate the generosity of the booksellers, publishers and authors who made this event possible.”
The West Chicago Public Library District is preparing for two special programming events featuring Tea @ the Library. On Saturday, May 11, the Library will host its 11th annual Mother & Daughter Tea in honor of Mother’s Day from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. This year’s theme will feature an elegant Victorian Tea party, and all are encouraged to come dressed in beautiful dresses to learn about proper etiquette, make a Victorian fan and learn the language of the fan. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and aunts, along with girls ages 5 and up, are invited to join this marvelous, time-honored tradition in celebration of Mother’s Day!
Downton Abbey fans won’t want to miss our Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea & Lecture on Saturday, May 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This event will feature an authentic English afternoon tea as well as a lecture by renowned landscape historian, Barbara Geiger, who will discuss the rise and fall of wealthy English aristocratic families and why grand estates like Downton Abbey, the real-life Highclere Castle, look the way they do.
“We are so very thrilled to be able to offer our patrons this unusual opportunity to enjoy a high tea experience,” says Administrative Librarian Melody E. Coleman. “This type of programming provides for unique kinds of community engagement and introduces young people to an experience they might not otherwise enjoy.”
Both the Mother/Daughter Victorian Tea and the Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea & Lecture are free to the public, but registration is a must as space is limited. Make your reservation today online at www.westchicago.lib.il.us, or by calling the Library at (630) 231-1552.
The Best Buy Children's Foundation is accepting applications from local and regional nonprofit organizations working to provide teens with places and opportunities to develop twenty-first century technology skills with the potential to inspire their future education and career choices.
Community grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded for program activities such as computer programming, digital imaging (photography, graphic design, videography), music production, robotics, and gaming and mobile app development. Grants are intended to support local efforts and are reviewed for consideration by Best Buy teams across the United States. The average grant amount is $5,000.
To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, organizations must provide direct services that build technology skills in teens between the ages of 13 and 18, and be located within fifty miles of a Best Buy store, Best Buy Mobile location, Best Buy Distribution Center, Best Buy Service Center, or Best Buy corporate campus. Before submitting a full application, qualified applicants must complete an eligibility quiz by July 1, 2013. See the Best Buy Children's Foundation Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.
This afternoon, in a White House ceremony in the East Room, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth to present the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to Waukegan Public Library. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Richard Lee, the library’s executive director, and community member Diana Alvey will accept the National Medal.
Diana was born in Mexico and came to the United States with her family when she was three years old. Neither of her parents, nor her brothers and sisters, spoke any English, but shortly after arriving in America, Diana’s mother began English as a Second Language classes as a way to help the family adjust to their new home. As an adult, Diana volunteers her time at the Waukegan Public Library as an ESL tutor to help others on their language journey. Diana also volunteers in the library’s signature immigrant program as a Promotora, working with the Latino community to identify obstacles that limit success. She has supported students and helped them gain confidence to pursue job promotions, attend parent teacher conferences at school and advocate for their children, and describe a symptom to their doctor. Diana shares, ““A young mother was at home when she heard her children yelling ‘FIRE.’ Because of her participation in the library’s ESL program, she knew what that English word meant – and how to call 911 for help. Our programs are making a world of difference.”
“Museums and libraries serve as centers for lifelong learning and as cornerstones for our communities. Waukegan Public Library is modifying and adapting programs to ensure educational opportunities and literacy for all residents and community members, and we are proud to name Waukegan Public Library as one of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners,” said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services.
This year’s 10 honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a science center, children’s museum, music museum, art museum, cultural museum, public libraries, and county library systems, hailing from seven states. The 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Ceremony will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
“I am thrilled to join Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District community and the entire country in congratulating Waukegan Public Library on receiving such a distinguished honor. The Institute of Museum and Library Services awards the National Medal to just 10 institutions each year, and Waukegan Public Library’s long history of dedicated and innovative service, from its English Language Learning classes to its Homework Help program, earned it this most deserved distinction,” said U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (Ill.).
“The Waukegan Public Library should be honored to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service in recognition of the outstanding services the library provides to the residents of this growing community. This award is the nation’s highest honor bestowed on museums and libraries for their service to the community. I’d like to congratulate the library and its tremendous staff for the work they do to make our community a great place,” said Illinois State Senator Terry Link.
Medal winners are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. Later this year, StoryCorps – a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans – will visit Waukegan Public Library to document stories from the community.
To learn more about the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners, please visit www.imls.gov/medals.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Starting May 7, Waukegan library card holders will gain access to 900,000 materials owned by libraries around the region due to a new resource sharing partnership called LINKin. This new service provides fast access to collections of books, music, and movies owned by seven libraries in the state.
The library’s participation in LINKin is partially grant funded in its first year and establishes a partnership between Gail Borden Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Skokie Public Library, Cook Memorial Library, Deerfield Public Library, and Naperville Public Library. All of the library collections are free and accessible to current Waukegan card holders in good standing.
Patrons are able to search the shared catalog and place requests themselves or with staff assistance. Items will be sent to Waukegan Public Library in days and patrons will be notified by phone or email when the item is ready for pickup. Materials obtained through LINKin will be due four weeks from checkout, except for DVDs which will be due in one week. Overdue charges remain the same as Waukegan items.
“Joining LINKin is an amazing opportunity for our community,” said Heidi Smith, Assistant Director of Public Services. “Our own collection is restricted by a limited budget; LINKin will provide our patrons with access to almost one million different resources in many different languages. It’s as though our collections have quintupled.”
For more information about LINKin or the Waukegan Public Library collection, call 847-623-2041 or visit www.waukeganpl.org.