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#BigLibraryRead

November’s Big Library Read is now available on OverDrive with no waiting. We hope you enjoy this month’s book.

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OverDrive for Mac NEW update – They Heard YOU!


*** September 25 – When we decided to end support for OverDrive for Mac, we failed to appropriately gauge the number of users that would be impacted and how. We are sorry for this mistake and the inconvenience it caused.

As a result, we are working as quickly as possible to restore the download option for MP3 audiobooks to users running macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). Once restored, the following message will appear for Mac users on your OverDrive website with a link to an updated Help article: MP3 audiobooks are only supported on macOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave). These updates will be made by October 2.

Users who upgrade to the newest MacOS Catalina will not be able to download and transfer MP3 audiobooks from OverDrive. Those users can listen to audiobooks in their browser, or depending on their device compatibility, install the OverDrive or Libby app (for public libraries) or the Sora app (for schools) directly on their device to listen to audiobooks.

Previously – An important notice for those using OverDrive for Mac to listen to audiobooks on their computer. Please be aware this ONLY affects those who use the OverDrive program on their Mac computers, not those who use tablets or phones:
“Due to upcoming macOS changes, and to simplify the user experience, OverDrive will soon end support for OverDrive for Mac. Effective September 4, 2019, OverDrive for Mac will no longer be available for download and Mac users will no longer see the option to download audiobook titles at your OverDrive website. Instead, Mac users can enjoy audiobooks using OverDrive Listen from your digital library website, or try Libby on their smart phone or tablet. Any users with audiobooks already downloaded to OverDrive for Mac will retain access to their downloads for the remainder of the lending period, provided they have not yet updated to macOS 10.15 (Catalina). Though we anticipate minimal user impact, OverDrive Help will be updated to assist with user support.”

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OverDrive Redesigns Login Page

OverDrive has redesigned their login page! You will now see a cleaner design that’s easier to use. The drop down menu also gives you the option to login with library cards from other locations in Massachusetts.

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Are you an ebook fan? Have you tried Libby?

All you need is your CLAMS card to get started.

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Our eBook Collection has now expanded statewide

Reciprocal lending now allows you to find and checkout materials in other networks for even more choices. Longer checkout options give you more time to finish books before returning them. https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/

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NEW Service from CLAMS!

CLAMS is excited to offer digital magazines as a new service to public library patrons.
Digital magazines now available

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Prefer texts to emails? We now offer text notification.

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 CLAMS has launched our new text messaging service powered by Shoutbomb.

With the Shoutbomb Text Messaging Service, you can use your mobile phone to:

  • Receive text notices about: your holds that are available, items that are due soon, overdues, and fines.
  • Send a text to renew an item.
  • Receive text alerts for other cards within your family.

All you need is a text messaging capable phone and a subscription to a text messaging plan with your wireless carrier. You do not need a smartphone.

Sign up today! http://info.clamsnet.org/text-messaging-sign-up/

NOTE: There is no charge from the library for this service; however, you may see a charge for incoming text messages at the standard rate applied by your cell phone carrier, depending on your plan or package.

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2017 A Year In Review

Thanks to all of our patrons for making 2017 a great year for CLAMS.
Here’s to an even better 2018!

2017 A Year in Review (Circulation Statistics for calendar year 2017). 15,326 new borrowers. 2.94 million total checkouts. Total number of material added to the network's collection in 2017: 33,511 new titles and 146,329 new items.  2,938,632 checkouts and renewals. 525,123 holds fulfilled. Most popular material type last year was a book. Total eContent (note: OverDrive stats only) checkouts last year was 314,939. 226,538 eBook checkouts and 88,533 eAudio or eVideo checkouts. Total number of records in CLAMS: 596,164 titles, 260,979 patrons, and 1,685,839 items. Sources: Sierra and OverDrive Marketplace accessed January 8, 2018.

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Films Selected for the 2017 National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. “Spanning the period 1905 to 2000, the films named to this year’s registry include Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts and independent and home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725, which is a small fraction of the Library’s vast moving-image collection of 1.3 million items.” — LOC Blog

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Congratulations To Our Star Libraries


Library Journal's America's Star Libraries
Congratulations to our star libraries!

Library Journal (LJ) has just announced this year’s star libraries. We are so happy to see that 10 of the 12 star libraries in Massachusetts are members of the CLAMS Library Network! Continue reading

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