Monday, July 21, 2014

Parking Overdrive, Raising Magic Wall

The Opp Public Library will be switching e-book platforms soon. We are switching from our current system, Overdrive, to Baker & Taylor’s Magic Wall. What this means for you is that, for a week or two at the end of July and the beginning of August, we will be unable to lend ebooks.

Don’t worry. This switch won’t mean any big changes at the library itself or for you, the patron. However, there are a few things that you need to be aware of:
First, we are switching to an entirely different system. How you sign in and check out books will change. We will be posting instructions on using the new system once the switch is over, so learning how to get your e-books will be simple and relatively painless.
Second, because this is a new system, we will NOT have access to the old books on Overdrive. This will be an entirely new, smaller collection, so the books you are used to seeing will (probably) no longer be available.
Third, and this is the really good news, this platform is not part of a consortium. That means that, unlike with Camilla Net, you won’t have to wait forever for the latest book to be available for download. You won’t be sharing those books with dozens of other libraries. All the books you see on our e-book collection will be ours and only available to YOU. Only Opp patrons can use them. So, no more month-long waits.

Keep an eye on the Opp Public Library website for the latest information on this switch. And look for Baker & Taylor’s Magic Wall on the website come August!

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