Share Your Story: How Has NTLP Helped Your Library?
Do you have a story about how NTLP (or its predecessor NTRLS) has helped your library? We would like to post some success stories on the NTLP website. Showing the impact of NTLP services on specific libraries and the communities they serve will help NTLP with development and outreach. If you have something you're willing to share, please send it to Judy.
NTLP Staff (and Family) Changes
NTLP is pleased to welcome Paulina Waak, born on 11/11/12 to proud parents Paul and Paula Waak. Congratulations to the entire family, and we wish Paul all the best as he leaves NTLP to focus on his new set of priorities.
Lynn Gritta, the NTLP Office Manager, had been reduced to part-time in recent years because of budget restrictions. She has now accepted a full-time position elsewhere. We'll miss you, Lynn!
Alicia Holston, whom many of you knew as the collection development specialist for the North Texas Libraries on the Go Overdrive Consortium, is now Project Manager for the emerging NTLP EBook Platform, now called Geodesity.
The Geodesity project also welcomes Gwyneth Duncan, recently retired systems librarian from Duke University Library, as Software Engineer.
Christy Johnson, a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, is NTLP's new Intern. She brings great creativity, a "younger mindset" and great organization skills to the NTLP office.
Planning for Next Fiscal Year?
See the new NTLP Membership Fee Schedule to see what it will cost for your library to be a Partner Library of NTLP next year. The new fees are effective for memberships that start on or after October 1, 2013. For most libraries, the cost has gone down, while the benefits of membership continue to grow.
Another big change: starting October 1, 2013, your library's NTLP membership will run for 12 months, regardless of when you join! Your membership will become effective when NTLP receives your membership payment.
If your library is still planning to join NTLP during this fiscal year, the fees will be discounted starting April 1 for the remainder of the current membership year, which ends for everyone, regardless of joining date, on September 30, 2013.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming training opportunities:
Who's Being Difficult? - 3/18 in Wichita Falls
Using True Colors - 3/18 in Wichita Falls
Group Viewing of PLA Virtual Spring Symposium- 3/20, North Richland Hills
Using True Colors - 3/22 in Grand Prairie
Book Repair - 4/2 in Sachse
Special training opportunities for library staff in Tarrant County from UNT Health Science Center: Building the Bridge to Health: Consumer Health Information at Your Library
3/20 in Grapevine
3/22 in Arlington
4/11 in Keller
Watch the upcoming training opportunities page at the NTLP website for registration information, and sign up for the NTLP CE email list to get announcements by email.
Hands-On eReader Labs Project
The NTLP Hands-On eReader Labs program, partially funded by a grant from IMLS and TSLAC, allowed NTLP to purchase sets of eReaders for 10 Texas public libraries and provide training for 122 staff members from 47 libraries. Mike Pullin from the UNT Health Science Center Gibson D. Lewis Library and his wife Teri Dalston developed and delivered the training, which met an overwhelming positive response. Based on the market value of similar training in the DFW area, we estimate that this $10,000 grant has already yielded a value of over $20,000 in training to Texas library personnel.
The 10 participating libraries will use the grant-purchased devices to help staff become familiar with the technology and to help them educate patrons and their communities about eBooks. Resources from the training session, as well as a summary of the project, are on the eReaders in Libraries page at the NTLP website. Subscribe to NTLP's eReader Labs email list for more on this topic!
Geodesity - NTLP's eBook Distribution Platform for Libraries
The NTLP eBook Distribution Platform, now named Geodesity, continues to move forward after a change of staff. The original architect and visionary, Paul Waak, has moved on to other projects outside of NTLP. The new project manager is Alicia Holston, who will be assisted on the software development side by systems librarian Gwyneth Duncan.
The system was inspired by the Douglas County Libraries (Colorado) model of purchasing ebooks directly from publishers for library lending with a self-hosted Adobe Content Server, but differs from the DCL model in a few key aspects:
Geodesity will allow many libraries to have separate eBook collections hosted on the same system.
The license model that Geodesity is taking to the publishers specifies that libraries in an ILS consortium that normally share print materials with each others' patrons will also be allowed to share the licensed eBooks.
Geodesity's license model also provides for libraries to purchase perpetual access rights to eBooks (i.e. "own") or to purchase short-term single-use access ("single-use lease"), or a combination or the two ("lease-to-own") so a library can choose its own combination of long-term and short-term investment.
NTLP is developing a custom version of the open-source integrated library system Evergreen to provide Geodesity's circulation, acquisitions, and reporting features, as well as the user interface for library staff and patrons.
Nine Texas public libraries are preparing to take part in the pilot phase of the project. We expect to open the project to more participating libraries this summer.
Development of Geodesity has been funded in part by a grant from IMLS and TSLAC and in part by the participating libraries. More information will be posted on the NTLP website in coming weeks.
ResumeMaker and Other Benefits
for NTLP Partner Libraries
NTLP has purchased 50,000 sessions with ResumeMaker, which our partner libraries can make available to their patrons at no cost. See the NTLP website for details.
Dont forget that NTLP Partners are eligible for discounts from vendors in our Commercial Partner program, can borrow the circulating collection of EReaders and Tablet Computers, and subscribe to exclusive email discussion lists for Partner Library directors and staff only. NTLP can also provide background checks and notary service. Contact us for more information.
Other Recent Events
Other NTLP events in the first months of this fiscal year have included:
Who's Being Difficult (2 training sessions)
Hands-On EReader Labs (6 training sessions)
Using True Colors (1 training session and 3 staff development events)
Library Program Presenter Showcases (3 events)
Library Journal online conference Libraries, eBooks, and Beyond (hosted group viewing)
ALA TechSource 2-part online workshop EBooks and Libraries (hosted group viewings)
Using Plinkit for your library website (4 one-on-one training sessions)
The NTLP EReaders and Tablet Computers collection was used for petting zoos at the Texas Municipal League Conference, at the libraries in Whitewright, Saginaw, Grapevine (twice!), and Honey Grove, and for two trainings by the UNT Health Science Center Library.
In addition, NTLP staff attended the Texas Municipal League Conference, the fall meetings of TLA Districts 7 and 10, the Open Government Conference, and the fall meeting of the Texas Special Libraries Association.
NTLP Membership, Committees and Board Activity
NTLP has grown to 80 member libraries, including 12 from outside the area we served as NTRLS, one academic library and two special libraries!
The NTLP Development Committee and Partner Advisory Committee have elected to meet as a joint committee for the remainder of this fiscal year. Both committees can accept new members. Please let us know if you are interested in serving. We value input from all types and sizes of libraries.
The NTLP Board of Directors still has openings, which can be filled by interim appointment until the next membership election. Please send nominations to the NTLP Executive Director.
Projects In the Works
NTLP Executive Director Carolyn Brewer will be presenting Help! I'm a Librarian, Not a Social Worker five times in March and April at locations in Wisconsin and Nebraska. She will be returning to Wisconsin in May as keynote speaker for the Wisconsin Library Association Spring Conference. As a MLS-degreed librarian, a licensed social worker, and now a licensed private investigator, Carolyn is an entertaining and dynamic speaker who can share fascinating insights into the overlap among these disciplines.
In October NTLP released three short library advocacy videos, funded by private donations. These videos help remind your stakeholders that funding decisions made by elected officials have an important effect on library services. Share them with your library board members, Friends groups, and volunteers and help us make them go viral!
NTLP continues to add Vendor Discounts for partner libraries through our Commercial Partner program. Recent additions are Youth Sports Club (sports instructional videos), Tomo Books USA (Spanish language titles) and Denitech (printers and document management solutions). Use your partner library login to the NTLP website to see the details about discounts made available to you by our commercial partners. Visit our commercial partners in the exhibit hall at the TLA Conference and get to know them!
Also in the works is a new and enhanced Online Directory of Library Program Presenters which will only be available to partner libraries.
We encourage you to subscribe to our email mailing lists and watch the NTLP website, NTLP Facebook page, and blog for news, events and services for the library community.
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