Archives for July 2014

Graphic Novel Collection Update

The Hillside Library Graphic Novel collection will be growing in the next couple months. Exciting new series already include Attack on Titan, Batman: The New 52, Marvel Now! Avengers, and Game of Thrones as well as stand alones such as V for Vendetta and The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. As stated, this collection will be growing, so if you have any suggestions send them to dpettersen@hillsidelibrary.org.

New Materials for August 2014

The new material for August 2014 are now posted on the website. These include the regular new DVDs, Fiction, and Non Fiction, but also include new Spanish Non Fiction and New Graphic Novels.

Updates to Media on Demand

Hey Patrons,

Check out exciting updates for your OverDrive digital library website, Media on Demand, featured below. These are scheduled for release on Monday, August 4, 2014.

 

  • Suspend a Hold

This feature will allow users to temporarily suspend a hold in the waiting list. The user’s position will continue to advance in the queue while their hold is suspended, but the hold will not be filled. After the suspension ends, the title will continue to advance until the hold becomes available. If a user advances to the first position in the waiting list while the hold is suspended, the system will skip ahead to fill the next available hold.

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An OverDrive Help article to support this feature will be available at the time of the release.

 

  • Hold Auto-Checkout

At the time a user places a hold, the option to ‘auto-checkout’ the title when it becomes available can be set. Users who elect this option will receive a notification when their title is available confirming that it has been checked out and can be found on their account bookshelf. Users who do not select this option will follow the current hold notification process.

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Users who select this option but are unable to borrow the title at the time it becomes available (because they have already reached their maximum checkout limit, for example) will be sent the current hold notification email and will have the full hold pickup period to make their checkout.

 

An OverDrive Help article to support this feature will be available at the time of the release.

 

  • Maturity Settings

Two options will be added to the Account Settings page that will allow users to customize their browsing and discovery experience based on content maturity level:

 

  1. The ability to exclude certain content based on the maturity level (Juvenile, YA, General, Adult). This will allow adult users to exclude titles for younger readers and young readers to exclude adult-only titles from their experience.

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More information how to use this setting is available in this OverDrive Help article: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1492447.

 

  1. The option to “mask” all adult cover images with a basic cover image. This option will be set to “No” by default. Libraries who would like to mask adult cover images for all users by default can request to do so.

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Example of basic cover:

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  • “Recommended for you” collection

After a user signs in, a collection of recommended titles will appear on the homepage. Recommended titles will be available for checkout and suggested based on titles the user currently has checked out or on hold. If a user does not have any checkouts or holds, this collection will not appear.

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  • “And” Boolean Searching

Based on partner feedback to improve search results, default search behavior will change from “OR” to “AND.” Following this change, the number of results returned for a search will likely be lower than with the current behavior, but this change will meaningfully improve the relevancy of the results.

 

  • Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

 

 

New Library Materials for July 2014 Have Been Posted

The new materials for July 2014 have been posted. Click here for DVD, FictionNon-fiction, and Children releases.