Thursday, November 20, 2008

Town Hall Meetings with the State Library

WorldCat, CalCat and Resource Sharing
Sponsored by Califa and the California State Library

Facilitated by Stacey Aldrich, Deputy State Librarian, Gerry Maginnity, Bureau Chief, Library Development Services, and Rush Brandis, Library Consultant

What do we want to accomplish in California with WorldCat, CalCat and resource sharing? Join us for a Town Hall Meeting to discuss these questions and to share ideas for how we can build the future of resource sharing. Don’t let your library miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the conversation!

These meeting are free, but attendees are required to register.
Registration Page

Dates and Locations
December 8: San Jose Public Library: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
December 10: Solano County: Fairfield Civic Center Library
December 15: Shasta Public Library: Redding

January 6: San Diego County Library
January 7: Burbank Public Library
January 8: Fresno County Public Library: Fowler Branch

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

iPod-compatible eAudio from Ingram

For those of you attending CLA this weekend: on Sunday, we will have a sneak-preview of the new iPod-compatible eAudiobook product from Ingram. Not officially launching until ALA in January, the Sales Director is anxious to work with Califa, and will be at our booth (#410) most of the day on Sunday giving demos of the product and showing it work with an ipod. The collection is starting off with 6,000 titles from Penguin, but will be building as Ingram completes contracts with other publishers.

If you are interested in the development of iPod content for libraries, you'll want to stop by the Califa booth on Sunday to meet with Linda Vendreys of Ingram and learn about this new product. Let us know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Update from Facts on File

From Facts On File to our Members:
Facts On File understands that this is a difficult year for California institutions dependent on public funding, and we want to help. For a limited time, we are offering a special promotion exclusive to California libraries. Receive six free months of our Issues and Controversies database when you order a 12-month subscription to World News Digest by 12/15/2008.

In addition, your subscription to both databases will feature unlimited simultaneous usage and remote access at no additional cost. Since 1940 the World News Digest has set the standard for information on U.S. and world events. For more than seven decades, it has served as a resource that filters and presents current events in a consistent, reliable, and unbiased manner. The database includes a searchable full-text archive of past events, breaking news, research tools, and much more.

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in politics, government, business, education, and popular culture. A subscription to both databases will provide patrons with access to:

• 2008 Presidential Election Guide and Iraq War Coverage Guide
• “Need a Research Topic?” suggestions
• Reliable information on pressing issues such as global warming and alternative energy
• Pro and con statements on controversial topics such as bilingual education
• And much more!

For a price quote and free trial, please contact Heather Tesko, of CALIFA, at 310-348-9578 or and mention promotional code CAP. Offer expires 12/15/2008.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New Discount on Language Sets from OCLC

We are happy to announce a new discount on OCLC Language Sets for our members. Until February 28, Califa members may order foreign language materials from OCLC and get discounts up to 23% based on participation.

Language Sets offer:
- selects and acquires current popular materials in your choice of 17 languages for adults or children
- Most orders include carefully selected classics, best-sellers and highly anticipated new releases that appeal to public library users
- The collections include fiction, non-fiction, or a mixture of both
- The collections include no duplicate titles because your holdings are checked against WorldCat
- MARC cataloging with LC subject headings and Dewey or LC call numbers is included. All records include Bilindex subject headings for Spanish titles
- Holdings are set in WorldCat, which means your users will be able to find library materials on the Web through familiar sites such as Google and Yahoo! Search
- Materials are shipped to you at no cost
- Promotional materials are shipped along with your purchase at no charge to get your new collections circulating
- Optional physical processing is available so your items arrive ready to circulate to your patrons.

For more information, email