Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Planned Outage Update - Friday, August 28, 2015

UPDATED (8/27/2015) - Outage Notice for Friday, August 28, 2015

Due to scheduled maintenance, the following services on GoWYLD are expected to be unavailable during a window of 6 hours from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th until 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29th, 2015:

1. The GoWYLD site will not be available.
   *No users will be able to authenticate for remote/home use of databases, such as article databases, encyclopedias, language learning, test preparation, etc.
   *Users with apps that access Gale, EBSCO, Mango should still have access from their devices
   
2. eBooks (Cloud Library, Freading)
  *Users who have already checked out and downloaded ebooks will still be able to read them, but will not be able to log in to check out new items from either the Cloud or Freading.
  *Users will not be able to place holds on items in the Cloud or return books early.

3. eAudiobooks (OneClickdigital)
  *Users will NOT be able to create new accounts
  *Users who access OneClick through an app will not be affected by this outage

4. Zinio Digital Magazines
   *Users will NOT be able to create new accounts
   *Users with existing accounts will not be affected by this outage.
  
5. WYLDCAT may not be available. 
  *Users may have limited access to WYLDCAT, but will find response time to be very slow and item availability will not be accurate.
  *Items can not be renewed
  *ILL requests can not be made

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Support notice for WMA format in OneClick Digital

OneClickDigital technical support has informed users that since Microsoft will no longer be supporting the WMA file format after July 13th, users who employ the Media Manager or manual methods to download and transfer content to devices will no longer be able to do so with any files that are only available in the WMA format.  We are in the process of identifying just how many titles this effects in our collection.  It is important to understand that those who use the apps to listen to digital content or who stream content from the website are NOT effected by this change.

OneClick's announcement is below:
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As of July 13, 2015, Microsoft will no longer be supporting DRM (digital rights management) for WMA files for eAudio. This is a technical issue that will have an impact on some of your OneClickdigital users. Anyone that currently downloads encrypted WMA titles using the OneClickdigital Media Manger or downloads encrypted eAudio manually (as Zip files) will no longer be able to do so as of July 13th.

We've taken steps to make sure that users are aware of this, and we will be changing our website and the Media Manager to ensure that your patrons are aware of this new limitation. Please note, although this issue affects all WMA files, only patrons who utilize the Media Manager will be impacted by the change.

All eAudio titles in your library's collection, including the previously indicated WMA files, will continue to be available through streaming on the OneClickdigital site and for downloading through all versions of the OneClickdigital app. Again, this impact of the Microsoft refusal to support encrypted WMA files will only impact the patrons who are attempting to download with the Media Manager or through manual transfer.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Change in service for Freading eBooks

 As of Friday, July 3rd, users are now able to check out ten books each week.

The Freading eBook service will change its model for checking out books starting July 1, 2015.  Last week, Freading notified customers that the token system would be phased out and instead each user will be allowed three books per week.  Some users may find this number restrictive, but as yet, the company has not responded as to whether that number can be increased.  Please read the service message below.  Usage statistics for your library are available here http://will.state.wy.us/wyld/statistics/freading/  (a small number of patrons may find this change in lending policy restrictive)

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The Freading Team has been working on some important changes that will result in a better service. These changes will take place on July 1.

First off, the token system will become invisible to patrons. Instead, each patron will have a book checkout limit, regardless of the underlying value of the book. The default book checkout limit will be 3 books per week. As before, unused book allotment will roll over to the next week, and up to 3 subsequent weeks. We are confident that this will simplify the process of orienting patrons to Freading. It will also eliminate confusion about the tokens, and about the circled numbers next to the books. The only place the tokens will still exist is on your billing statement. Different books will have different values as we believe is appropriate. Part of the Freading value is not to pay hardcover prices for paperbacks. We will message your patrons on the Freading site to alert your loyal readers of the change, and change the FAQs, but anyone with “token” verbiage on their website may want to simplify the message and just say “you have 3 book checkouts per week”. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New children's magazines in Zinio

Eight new children's magazines are now available for checkout in Zinio Digital Magazines!  These subscriptions were funded by the Governor's supplemental budget for digital content and three WYLD member libraries.

From Cricket Media Publishing:
 Ask - Wyoming State Library
 Cicada - Wyoming State Library
 Cobblestone - Wyoming State Library
 Cricket - Sweetwater County Library
 Ladybug - Niobrara County Library
 Muse - Johnson County Library
 Spider - Wyoming State Library

And from Highlights Publishing:
 Highlights for Children - Sweetwater County Library

To see the complete list of titles and who has funded each subscription, visit http://gowyld.net/econtent/Zinio/titles.html

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Reading and GoWYLD.net


Check out our Summer Reading Guide and the latest Database of the Month webinar for summer reading topics and the GoWYLD.net resources.
http://guides.gowyld.net/SummerReading2015

The guide includes a link to the GoWYLD.net Resources and Summer Reading 2015 webinar, as well as links to other webinars, activities, materials, and information on the importance of summer reading.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gale's Research in Context and EBSCO's Explora interfaces now available on GoWYLD

New Resources in GoWYLD are now available!


Gale's Research in Context which is designed for middle school researchers now appears on the Kids K-8 subject page.  Read more about this resource in last month's post and on the Gale site.

Check out EBSCO's Explora interfaces for public libraries, primary schools and secondary schools.  These resources appear under 'general' for public libraries, Kids K-8 for primary schools and Student Research for secondary schools.  Eventually Explora interfaces will replace Searchasaurus, Kids' Search, and Student Research Center.   Explora was originally announced in April.  Read more about it in the Explora FAQ.

Friday, May 29, 2015

One Book Wyoming and the GoWYLD.net resources

Check out the webinar and research guide for GoWYLD.net resources and One Book Wyoming 2015.
You will find resources that support the many themse abd discussions, including our summer reading theme, Every Hero has a Story, author information, and much more.  This year, One Book Wyoming includes 3 titles by Cat Urbigkit.  Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, The Guardian Team:  On the job with Rena and Roo, and Shepherds of Coyote Rocks. 
http://guides.gowyld.net/OneBook2015

webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5egM2s0aWPI