Thursday, December 26, 2013

Califa hosting Toucan Valley Social Studies Fact Cards

The Toucan Valley Social Studies Fact Cards, for which over 1/3 of libraries in California pay a subscription fee to access, will be hosted by Califa starting in January.  The current owner was planning to retire, and our members asked us to take on the hosting, so we will be offering the California cards free of charge to all libraries.  

The new URL is http://factcards.califa.org where you will find the California fact cards.  There is no username or password, and the service is entirely free.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Postponed - Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians

The webinar, Immigration and Naturalization 101, scheduled for Thursday, December 12, has been postponed.

The presentation is being developed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is part of an effort to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics.

To learn of the new webinar date, sign up for press releases on the IMLS website or register your email address at the USCIS website here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Immigration Webinars for Public Libraries

On Thursday, December 12, at 12:30 Eastern Time (9:30 Pacific), the Institute for Museum and Library Services will hold the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship issues. 

The webinar series was developed as part of a federal partnership between IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate, reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics.

The webinar is titled “Immigration and Naturalization 101.” Those presenting include Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director;  Rachel Ellis, Branch Chief of the Customer Access Branch, Public Engagement Division, USCIS; and Haleh Holly Taghavi, Management and Program Analyst, Public Engagement Division, USCIS.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Califa Saves Libraries Money

Each year we try to quantify the benefits of Califa membership for our libraries, and we are thrilled that we helped save libraries over $4 million in FY 2012-2013! 

A number of Califa Members individually saved over $300,000 for their libraries. These Super Savers hopefully can inspire others to take advantage of all the savings Califa can offer.

We negotiated discounted pricing for some of the most popular products in the library market, with pricing on services ranging from databases to library patron satisfaction surveys.

We organize shared eBook collections for libraries that want to offer new technologies at a consortial price.

We also host popular software on our own servers, cutting down the need for staff time to work with a vendor to set up hosting on a library server.

Check out the 2012/2013 Member Savings Report to make sure your library is getting the most out of your membership dollars.

Additionally, if your library was unable to save money through your Califa membership this year, we'd love to speak with you about ways that you may be able to save next year!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Enki Update

For those of you who saw our presentations at CLA or Internet Librarian, you'll know that the enki platform, the eBook platform created by librarians for librarians, is up and running, and will be available for all Califa members to join in January.  For pricing, email Heather at
The enki team has started a public blog to communicate the updates and new additions to the platform, available at  Some highlights of new additions this month are: 
- there are five new reports in addition to the circulation statistics for your library.  You can now search the most popular titles, a summary of usage for each title, unique users, and top 100 searches.  These reports are available to anyone, whether you're an enki member or not.
- the book carousel on the front page of enki now has tabs where you can see different books available in different genres.  The Available Now tab only features books that have copies available.  These tabs allow users to see the breadth of the collection available.
- There are now 26 libraries up and running on enki and we're excited to add more Califa members to that growing list.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Full-time Faculty Position at USC

Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
Master of Management in Library and Information Science Program
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
Requisition ID: 022060

The Marshall School of Business seeks an outstanding full time faculty member to teach in the Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) degree program.

The faculty member may teach from the Spring (January) Semester 2014. This is a non-tenure track faculty position. Rank is dependent on qualifications and experience.

This position requires firm grounding and experience in management and LIS.

Candidates must demonstrate a combination of skills and confidence that will transform education in library and information science through the integration of leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities across the curriculum.

Working with the Director, Master of Management in Library and Information Science, successful candidates will:
  • Design, teach and assess courses for the MMLIS degree program;
  • Teach in an a/synchronous online learning environment;
  • Assess student learning outcomes;
  • Plan, promote, and assess the MMLIS program.
  • All MMLIS faculty will be encouraged to make scholarly contributions that advance pedagogy and instructional innovation.
  • Successful candidates will be well-recognized and regarded professionals providing demonstrable leadership to the field. These positions are for an a/synchronous online degree program.

Full-time appointments will be for the academic year with flexible contracts to accommodate three semesters of 15-week courses; fall, spring and summer.

Instructional design and media technology assistance will be provided to ensure proficiency in using the program's highly interactive learning management system.

Rank and salary commensurate are with experience and qualifications. These positions are subject to the requirements and needs of the MMLIS program. Candidates cannot be USC students.

Applicants must have a terminal degree in Library and Information Sciences or a related field.
A PhD (or equivalent) completed or near completion and a combination of academic/professional qualifications and senior experience appropriate to a graduate academic program offered in management.

The candidate will have demonstrated:
  • Experience developing and teaching academic courses in management and library and information science at the graduate level;
  • Experience with teaching or instructional methods and principles, particularly in an online environment;
  • Experience assessing student learning outcomes;
  • Experience using social media, computer-assisted learning applications, or have previous experience using technology to support instruction and learning;
  • Demonstrated skill in responsiveness to diverse student populations;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative environment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Applications must be submitted via USC’s online faculty application website:

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains, as appropriate, the following: 1) a letter clearly indicating area(s) of specialization and teaching experience, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, 3) a concise statement of current and future research directions and funding, 4) a sample of teaching evaluations 5) a list of at least four academic/professional references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee, and 6) required supplemental questions (limited to one page for each question): a) briefly describe your reasons for wanting to join the MMLIS team and b) explain the contribution you might make to an evidence-based online graduate school program.

Interested candidates should apply on-line.
For more information about this position, see:
or contact Dr. Ken Haycock, Search Committee Chair, at

Closing date for applications: Open until filled.

USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Own Your Own Ebook Lending Service by Monique Sendze and Laurie Van Cour

If someone were to give us an ebook, do we have the tools to receive it, to integrate it into our catalog, and to check it out?” Douglas County Libraries (DCL) director Jamie LaRue posed this question to DCL's associate director of IT, Monique Sendze, in December 2010. The fact that she answered, “No,” launched DCL into an entirely new way of doing business.

DCL is a public library district located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo. DCL serves a population of about 295,000. In 2012, the library circulated 8.1 million items to 226,000 cardholders and purchased more than 184,000 items.

DCL's mission is to be a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. Among the library's core values are delivering a current, high-quality collection that meets our public's needs and blazing trails by being innovative and visionary. Providing access to the content of our culture through our collections and technology is one of our guiding principles, and we pride ourselves on being pioneers within the library industry.

The Issues: Why We Built a New Model

The year 2010 brought pivotal ebook developments to the library world. The Kansas State Library entered into contentious, and ultimately unsuccessful, negotiations with the econtent vendor OverDrive over proposed price hikes totaling nearly 700% during 3 years. Libraries found that, for ebooks, OverDrive was increasingly the “only game in town,” as the major publishers declined to sell outright econtent at any price. The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) published its thought-provoking report, “eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries.” Two months later, Library Journal hosted a 1-day virtual conference, Ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point.

At the same time, demand for ebooks was exploding. According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP), sales of ebooks in the U.S. grew by more than 160% between 2009 and 2010, from $166.9 million to $441.3 million. Similar growth was evident in DCL's own ebook circulation during the same period:

Despite growing demand, the supply of ebooks available for DCL to circulate was limited. Traditional mainstream publishing was dominated by the Big Six publishers, most of which refused to sell outright econtent to libraries. Those publishers who would sell to libraries charged prices that were many times higher than prices for the same titles in print. Or, as in the case of HarperCollins, econtent “sale” came with a use restriction of 26 loans per book. Furthermore, the publishers would not offer the same bulk-purchasing discounts that libraries rely on to stretch their collection development budgets. DCL discounts average 45%; its budget is slightly more than $3.5 million.

The emergence of OverDrive as an econtent provider brought its own problems. OverDrive retains ownership of its econtent titles, leasing them to libraries for use only through OverDrive's own platform. OverDrive titles weren't discoverable through DCL's OPAC (open public access catalog); patrons seeking econtent were forced to search an entirely separate OverDrive interface. (Later, alternative aggregator ebook providers, such as 3M and Baker & Taylor, required users to browse other proprietary discovery platforms.) If a library discontinues its relationship with OverDrive, it loses all the content for which it has paid. As the Kansas State Library learned, OverDrive is also willing to unilaterally raise its license pricing.

The loss of ebook ownership had particularly difficult implications for DCL. The library would not be able to lend leased titles to other libraries via interlibrary loan (ILL). Nor would DCL have archival rights to the books it had paid for, even if a vendor were to go out of business. The vendor also retained the power to add or delete books from DCL's collection, depending on the vendor's current agreements with publishers.

DCL found another significant issue with ebook delivery status quo in 2010. Available content originated almost entirely from mainstream commercial publishing, or the previously mentioned Big Six publishers, but three additional important streams of econtent were also largely unavailable to libraries: independent or midlist publishers, local historical documents, and self-published books. The latter category represents the fastest-growing segment of published content. In 2004, there were 29,000 self-published books in the U.S. By the end of 2010, there were more than 2.7 million self-published titles. (In an address to the PubWest annual conference in October 2012, Otis Chandler, founder and CEO of Goodreads, stated that about 350,000 new titles were published in 2011, and 150,000 to 200,000 were self-published. By 2015, the total is likely to reach 600,000 new titles per year, as the self-publishing trend increases. Self-published titles already appear regularly on TheNew York Times best-seller lists.)

Overlooking these three additional content streams not only limited the resources the library was able to offer its patrons, but it also denied the library opportunities to record local history and to support the burgeoning ranks of new authors. Those losses, plus the other negatives attached to the existing publisher-driven econtent model, spurred DCL to create its own approach to acquiring, managing, and circulating ebooks.

The Solution: How We Built a New Model

The DCL's ebook model is predicated on the belief that libraries should own, rather than lease, their collections' content. Wherever possible, DCL purchases ebook files and hosts them on its own Adobe Content Server (ACS), applying digital rights management (DRM) where it is required by the publisher. Ebooks are integrated into DCL's catalog and are discoverable through a customized version of the open source VuFind discovery portal. DCL-owned ebooks have defined circulation periods, just like print materials. They can be read online or downloaded to mobile devices. DCL ebooks circulate on a “one user per copy” basis, and the library buys additional copies in response to reader demand, at the rate of one copy purchased per four hold requests. Ebooks are promoted through large-screen discovery displays and DCL website features. Public catalog ebook listings include links to purchase, so patrons always have the option to buy their favorite or hold-listed titles.

This project required development not only of new technology, but also of new legal, collection development, acquisition, promotion, and marketing processes. DCL staff built new relationships with vendors, investigated new markets, created new discovery paths, and found new ways to promote its ebooks. The DCL ebook model is a groundbreaking approach to connecting library patrons with a universe of books.

Technical components. Development of the model's technical components began early in 2011. Components included the following:

  • An ACS was installed, including configuration for econtent purchase, DRM, search, circulation, holds, and reporting. In addition to the ACS, our model's architecture includes a fulfillment server and a media server.
  • The ACS interacts with the library's ILS and its discovery layer. It also integrates with an HTML5 reader, developed by DCL IT staff, so digital content can be read online in the browser system, directly from the server.
  • The open source discovery layer, VuFind, was heavily modified to handle econtent management and circulation. DCL staff quickly discerned that its ILS simply wasn't designed to accommodate the logistics of econtent circulation. The ILS assumes that circulated items are physical; it couldn't flex to address items that don't require shelf space in specific locations. So DCL chose to customize VuFind to become a discovery layer and a circulation management system for econtent. After many hours of trying to resolve the differences between hard copy and digital items' circulation, IT staff decided to sidestep DCL's ILS completely to accomplish the library's goal of seamless searching and checkout for patrons.
  • All of the library's econtent is now managed entirely through a combination of VuFind, Solr full-text indexing, a MySQL database for Creative Commons content, and ACS for DRM content. Application programming interfaces (APIs) were also developed for the DCL VuFind system to enable additional product integration, such as the Virtual Powerwall display and a DCL-branded e-reading application that was created on top of the VuFind platform.
  • VuFind was initially configured with the help of a third-party consultant. After its initial launch, we added a full-time web application developer to our IT team. One of the developer's responsibilities is VuFind's ongoing maintenance and improvement.
  • A new recommendation engine, using patrons' own reading histories, was created to increase exposure to the digital collection.
  • The iDCL Reader mobile e-reader app was created from a commercial white label product (BlueFire Reader) and accepted for distribution on the Android (Google Play) and iOS (iTunes) platforms.
  • A touch-screen discovery display, the Virtual Powerwall, was developed to offer patrons the same browsing experience that has succeeded with our physical powerwall displays. Library staff selects displayed econtent using the same principles that drive our physical powerwalls: what we know people look for, what's hot, and what's seasonal.
  • DCL's website was enhanced in two ways to encourage econtent use. First, the VuFind discovery portal was integrated into the site's design so that the library's collection can be searched from nearly every page. Second, a carousel display of new, popular, and genre titles was installed on the front page to offer the powerwall experience to every website visitor.

Operational adjustments. As we were implementing the technical aspects of the new ebook model, many operational changes were also necessary throughout our organization:
  • Library administration reconfigured the annual budget to allow for new product development and the purchase of a new content type.
  • The Collection Development department forged new relationships with different content providers and devised new approaches to content selection. Our first publishing partner was the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), which submitted many of its annual award-winning ebooks for publication in the DCL ebook model. Collection development librarians made contact with hundreds of publishers through outreach efforts across the United States. Some of these efforts were unique: DCL was the first public library to exhibit at the 2012 annual conference of PubWest, an association of small and midsize publishers. PubWest gave us the unusual opportunity to be a buyer amid the other seller-exhibitors, as well as a chance to introduce fellow exhibitors to public library culture. The 2012 conference also prepared us to be exhibitors at the 2013 BookExpo America (BEA). By year-end 2012, DCL was working with more than 20 publishers. In early 2013, we finalized a partnership with Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published ebooks.
  • The acquisition team developed strategies to track purchases from sellers who were completely unfamiliar with typical library processes. Some publishers needed help producing and delivering clean and consistent EPUB files. We needed to develop upload protocols for large and small ebook orders. The complexities of working with a growing number of econtent providers required DCL to contract with a third-party vendor, Impelsys, to develop an ebook acquisition dashboard tool. The acquisition dashboard will allow us to import publishers' catalog lists, select and add titles for purchase, and generate multiple purchase orders based on the number of different publishers. It also automatically generates email alerts to librarians for all new catalog updates and to acquisitions staff when selection lists are submitted for purchase.
  •  Members of our collection development and administration teams quickly discovered that publishers were wary of the legal aspects of selling econtent to a public library. In response, DCL director Jamie LaRue created a letter that lays out in clear terms exactly how DCL will (and won't) use purchased econtent ( -guides-and-more/letters-forms-agreements). To streamline the purchase process, we consulted with copyright attorneys to draw up our Statement of Common Understanding for Purchasing Electronic Content ( UnderstandingPurchaseEbooks2013Jan7.pdf). These two documents have saved us immeasurable time and effort in negotiating econtent acquisition.
  •  The cataloging team learned to handle ebook files for which the MARC records were incomplete or nonexistent. Catalogers also had to learn the intricacies of cross-walking records provided by publishers in the retail ONIX format or Excel spreadsheets into library-friendly MARC formats.
  • DCL's training department developed materials and classes to teach new and evolving ebook processes to library staff. And frontline staffers, in turn, communicate those same processes to library patrons on a daily basis.
  • DCL's leadership also used some unusual approaches to promote the library's ebook program to the staff and the public. In the fall of 2011, the library's board of directors offered a $50 credit to every DCL employee toward the purchase of an e-reading device. Employees could choose from a list of suggested devices; they were promptly reimbursed by the DCL business office after showing proof of purchase. Leadership also approved the creation, by a professional filmmaker, of a video describing DCL's ebook strategy (

Development of the DCL ebook model began in early 2011. Installation of the ACS server, construction of the VuFind discovery layer, and formation of the CIPA partnership occurred through the spring of 2011. The VuFind discovery layer was publicly released in mid-June 2011. Development of econtent interfaces and workflows continued through the remainder of 2011, with the first version of the econtent system, including the ACS server and DCL's Horizon ILS, released in early December 2011. A second version, integrating VuFind, was released in February 2012, and a third version, integrating OverDrive titles, was released in March 2012. By June 2012, the DCL ebook model, with all components working, was fully functional and loaded with 25,000 ebook titles. The recent addition of Smashwords titles brings our current hosted ebook total to more than 35,000.
Outcomes and Future Plans

Monique's project planning expertise was critically important to the successful launch of the DCL ebook model. That expertise continues to be necessary as the model grows and evolves. Indeed, debugging, refinement, and additional development will likely always require significant effort to keep the ebook system responsive, relevant, and fresh.

We now use Scrum, a form of agile project management, to constantly maintain and improve VuFind and related ebook model functions. Suggested enhancements and needed bug fixes are collected through IT help-desk tickets and automated suggestion boxes on our public website and staff intranet. Suggestions and fix requests are stored in a backlog and addressed through periodic sprints, which is the basic time unit of Scrum. Each sprint extends for a period of 3 weeks; the first two are for development and the third is for testing. Thus, the IT econtent team releases fixes and features on a regular basis. The team collaborates and documents its work using the online Scrum tool Yodiz. During every sprint, the team conducts weekly meetings and meets prior to new sprints in order to determine what items from the backlog to address next. Since DCL is its own vendor in our ebook model, we anticipate that this kind of structured approach to maintenance and enhancement will always be necessary.

DCL built its ebook model with the full expectation of sharing the model and all of its components with any other interested libraries. The Marmot Library Network (which includes public, school, and academic libraries throughout Colorado's mountain communities) implemented its own VuFind discovery layer in 2010. By incorporating DCL's VuFind code and sharing DCL's ACS server in 2012, Marmot launched its ebook model. The Califa Library Group, California's not-for-profit library cooperative, has launched an ebook project that's also based on the DCL's model. We continue to talk with libraries throughout the United States about the DCL ebook model and share resources and experiences wherever we can.

The DCL ebook model now provides the basis for Douglas County Libraries' digital branch. We will continue to seek additional publishing partners, perfect the process of econtent acquisition and delivery, and encourage our community's involvement in assessing our new streams of content. We now stand ready to serve econtent authors everywhere, whether they are long established or just starting out in our own neighborhoods. We can provide fresh, exciting ebooks to everyone in Douglas County, from a wide variety of sources that are compatible with most e-reading devices. We're ready to embrace the digital revolution now, however it evolves.


Kelley, Michael. (2011). Kansas State Librarian Rejects OverDrive Contract. Library Journal, 136(8), 12

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. (2010). State Librarians' Report Suggests Ways to Advance eBook Services. [Press release]. Retrieved March 4, 2013, from 140.pdf

“E-books Boost Sales: From the AAP.” (2011). Retrieved March 4, 2013, from

Hadro, Josh. (2011). “HarperCollins: Puts 26-Loan Cap on Ebook.” Library Journal. 136(6), p. 16. MasterFILE Premier, EBSCO host, viewed 30 July 2013

Impelsys. (2013). Impelsys Introduces eBook Ordering System for Libraries. [Press release]. Retrieved March 4, 2013, from 2013/02/14/523679/10021557/en/Impelsys-Intro duces-eBook-Ordering-System-for-Libraries.html

LaRue, Jamie. (January/February 2012). The Last One Standing. Public Libraries Online. Retrieved Nov. 5, 2012, from the-last-one-standing

Sendze, Monique. (January/February 2012). The E-Book Experiment. Public Libraries Online. Retrieved Nov. 5, 2012, from 2013/04/ebook_experiment
Monique Sendze ( is associate director of information technology at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Colo. She was responsible for development of all technical aspects of DCL's ebook model. Sendze has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in teacher education, and an M.Sc. in management information technology.

Laurie Van Court ( is a digital resources librarian at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Colo. She serves in support of DCL's ebook model, including testing, communication, and customer guidance. Van Court has a B.A. in English and an M.L.I.S. in library science.

This article was published in Information Today:

Monday, October 14, 2013

Califa Presenting at The Digital Shift

Calfia will be moderating a session at The Digital Shift on New Challenges, New Strategies: The Califa Enki eBook Project this Wednesday, October 16 at 2:15 pm.

Speakers are:
  • Elliot Warren, Contra Costa County Library
  • Laura McKeegan, Contra Costa County Library and Enki Library
  • Paula MacKinnon, Contra Costa County Library
  • Mark Coker, Smashwords
This is the Digital Shift’s  fourth online event and will feature programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs. The event will focus on 3 areas:
  • Community: Programming, Support, and Resource Sharing
  • Instruction: Helping Students and Patrons LearnNew Collections
  • New Content: Beyond the Container
This online event is Wednesday October 16, 2013 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET
Registration is free.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lights, camera, language.

Mango Languages is introducing the first of its kind language learning resource that teaches language through film, Mango Premiere.  Libraries that already have a full Mango subscription will receive a package of 20 movies by the end of the year.

To celebrate the launch of Mango Premiere, Mango Languages is encouraging libraries to join Mango Premiere’s Nationwide Launch Party, by hosting a party at their own library between November 12 and November 30. The goal of this event is to demonstrate ways libraries are making a difference by delivering the most innovative learning resources to their communities.

Ready to walk the red carpet? Visit, where you will find all the resources you need, including access to a programming kit full of turnkey resources to make the planning of your Launch Party a breeze. And hurry! If your library is one of the first 50 to sign up, you will also receive Mango’s “Party-in-a-Box,” filled with goodies to ensure your party is a success.

You can also learn more about Mango Premiere and the Nationwide Launch Party in two upcoming webinars. Click the following links to register:

So what are you waiting for? Visit and let’s celebrate!  Don’t have Mango Languages yet?  Give them a call at 1 (855) 466-2646 to learn more about joining in on all of the fun.

Monday, September 30, 2013

It's time for AWE's Fall special group purchase volume discount!

We are happy to provide you with AWE's Fall special group purchase volume discount on their Early Literacy Station and the AfterSchool Edge.

The promotion runs from October 28 - December 6, 2013.

The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) is a dynamic all-in-one digital learning solution for early learners, ages 2-8. It is available in English and Bilingual Spanish. The AfterSchool Edge™ is designed for students 6-12 years old.

The educational programs, which are correlated to Common Core and state standards, span all seven curricular areas. The educational titles are pre-loaded on the computer as part of a complete solution that features engaging graphics, intuitive menus, usage tracking, and administrative functions. No Internet connection is required to use either of these products.

Pricing and details are available on our website

Monday, September 16, 2013

September Offers & Trials

We have a lot of great offers going on. We've got two new vendors; and Livemocha, plus discounts for new subscriptions for collectionHQ and Skillsoft. There is also our Internet Librarian discount. They all have deadlines, so don't delay. Contact Tanya for pricing or trial or further information today!

collectionHQ is offering Califa members a $1,000 dollar implementation fee on a 3 year subscription. This is a substantial savings. To find out more about this offer or receive a free collectionHQ demonstration, please contact Renee Chastain. Offer ends December 31, 2013.

You are also invited to attend a Webinar on October 9th at 9 am Pacific. Please contact Tanya for Webinar details.

If you are planning on attending Internet Librarian this year, Califa members get a discount on registration. Internet Librarian is October 28 - 30, in Monterey California. For the discount, enter 13CAL in the priority code box.  Prices go up on September 27.


We are working with to provide a group discount for's Lynda Pro Solutions. This is for staff use only, and we are offering a trial from Oct 7 - Oct 28. This offer ends November 15, 2013.

Califa is now offering Livemocha an online language learning solution that fuses traditional methods with practice with native speakers. Now a Rosetta Stone product, Livemocha offers coursework, instruction, and practice with 16 million members from 190 countries. Group discount pricing is available until November 15, 2013.


Skillsoft Books24x7 New members get 4,000 videos from industry experts- NO CHARGE- when bundled with ITPro or OfficeEssentials. Promotion ends December 31 2013.

Skillsoft Books 24x7 is a reference database for public and academic libraries featuring 32,000 eBooks, streaming videos, and case studies covering business, IT, engineering and wellness topics.

See how Books24x7 can help make your patrons more productive with key publisher content, and "how to" videos from industry experts. Set up a trial today.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

4th Quarter Exclusive Califa Offer – collectionHQ

Subscribe to 3 years of collectionHQ; spend only $1,000 on implementation.

This is for new subscriptions and is valid until December 31, 2013.

To find out more about this offer or receive a free collectionHQ demonstration, please contact Renee Chastain: at 713 598.7628 or


  • Is now used in more than 280 North American Public Libraries, from single to multi branch systems
  • Helps libraries make more informed purchasing decisions – saving money and saving time
  •  Maximizes the existing collection and reduces waste
  • Streamlines tasks for staff
  • Uncover local, regional and nation trends – helping libraries keep up with patron demand
  • Provides a side-by-side comparison of eBooks versus print books

Mary Cohen, Technical Services Dept. Head from Palos Verdes Library District, one of our member libraries, says "Collection HQ has been a fantastic product for our library district.  Since we started using it in 2011, we have been able to responsibly remove tens of thousands of worn and dead items from our collection and refresh high circulating copies with other, underused copies in the system without spending more money.  Additionally, collection HQ's other collection development tools have helped staff make smarter decisions when making new purchases for the collection."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

From the State Library

To All Library Directors!

The deadline is fast approaching to complete the “On-line Survey on Broadband in California Public Libraries.” We need to hear from all 182 public library jurisdictions in the state, so if you have not begun the survey please start now!

If you were thinking this survey did not apply to you please contact us as soon as possible! We need everyone’s help in this important effort, and appreciate those of you who have completed the survey.

So far, unfortunately, the response rate has been VERY low, and we are concerned that the lack of response will send an erroneous message to the Governor & Legislature that there is not a  need for enhanced broadband in California’s public libraries. Please help us collect the data needed to demonstrate there IS an increasing need for high-speed broadband connectivity.

We know that some of you are in the process of gathering the necessary data to complete the survey, and we suggest you begin the survey even with just the central library data by August 30th, so that we know you are working on it. If you have questions about the survey or are having difficulty with gathering data or completing the survey we have people available and waiting to answer your questions & assist you as needed. 

For more information - Broadband Project Resources Page, or if you have a specific question contact the Broadband Project Help Desk.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Califa Vendor Fair, this week, don't miss is.

Just a reminder that there is still time to register for our fifth annual Vendor Fair, this Thursday on August 29 in the beautiful library of Santa Clara University. 

As in previous years, the full day's event will be split into 40 minute segments, during which time you can attend demos from the participating vendors.  This is a chance not just to get in-depth updates from vendors, but also to find out about new products, and be in the know on upcoming new vendors.

And best of all, it's free for Califa members ($20 for staff of non-member libraries).  Parking is free, as are both breakfast and lunch.

See a complete list of vendors who are attending, and register on our website at

Registration closes Tuesday morning August 27.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Broadband Project

Califa hosted 4 webinars for the State Library which explained the Broadband Project. The State Librarian has requested all public libraries complete a survey in response to a Legislative request to fully understand the connection challenges and lack of broadband strength at many California libraries.

It is critically important that the survey be completed. With this information the State legislature will assess whether or not state funding for broadband connection should be provided to public libraries in the 2014-15 budget.

The funding would enable California public libraries to connect to CalREN, CENIC's backbone which serves California's K-20, research & education institutions with cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking. 

Even if your library enjoys strong broadband strength now, there are more and more imminent pressures that will impact your existing service with the launch of the Affordable Care Act this Fall, the GED test going online shortly, not to mention the many patrons currently coming in to use your computers or Wi-Fi.

 Here is the link f you missed the webinar, need the survey or for any further information on the Broadband Project:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mosio's Got a New Facebook App

Mosio, also known as text-a-librarian has a new Facebook app, enabling libraries to add an Ask a Librarian button to their Facebook pages with about 3 clicks.

Here is the link for the trial:

Enki in the News

In case you missed the print version of this article, Declaring Independence
by Matt Enis in Library Journal's July issue, here is the online version.

Friday, August 2, 2013

2 Pronunciator Webinars

Save the dates.
Tuesday, August 13th, at 10 AM Pacific
Wednesday, August 28th, at 10 AM Pacific

We are offering 2 webinars on Pronunciator. They are a language-learning service, with 80 languages and the ability to learn them in any of 50 languages -- for 4,000 possible course combinations. They have a new interface and new interactive features like smart flashcards and pitch analysis.

Sign up now to find out more:

The 25-minute webinar includes a 5-minute overview and a 20-minute product tour.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The California State Library Needs Your Library To Complete A Survey About Your Broadband Needs!

July 30,2013
TO:          California Public Library Directors
FROM:    Gerald Maginnity
                Acting State Librarian
RE:          Survey on public library broadband needs, due August 30, 2013
In December 2009 the Broadband Summit for California public libraries increased our awareness of the issues involved in acquiring and maintaining broadband connectivity. Even though most public libraries provide basic Internet access, only a small percentage has sufficient high-speed broadband connectivity. Growth trends, and bandwidth demands from emerging services, indicate that public libraries will need high-speed broadband connections that can handle gigabit transmission speeds.
In January 2012 the Public Library Director Summit developed ideas regarding what should be supported by the state in terms of funding for libraries. One of its highest priorities was technology infrastructure. With that in mind, The LSTA 5-year plan adopted in June 2012 contains:
                Goal V: Bridging the Digital Divide
                California communities have access to technology and broadband connectivity
                through their local libraries so that they may participate in the digital world.
CENIC has now made a proposal that would allow all California’s public libraries the ability to join CalREN, the high-capacity Internet network to which most of the state's K-20 educational institutions are connected. Through the efforts of CLA in 2013, the State was made aware of how the CENIC proposal would fill a critical need and subsequently in the State of California 2013/14 budget bill, AB110, the following direction is given:
“The State Librarian shall prepare a needs assessment and spending plan to connect local libraries to a statewide high-speed Internet network.”
I cannot stress enough the importance of reaching this milestone in the efforts to secure state level funding for high speed connections. It will be critical that my report to the Governor and Legislature be as complete and informative as possible. Therefore, I am going to ask you to fill out an on-line survey by August 30 that will move us in that direction. While this will be challenging, we will be providing webinars and consultants to help you complete the survey.
• A one hour webinar will be offered to walk you and your staff through the survey and answer questions. Webinars are now scheduled for:
     o Monday, August 5, 2013, 2:00pm
     o Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 11:00am
     o Monday, August 12, 2:00pm
     o Wednesday, August 14, 11:00am
     o Details will be released shortly
• Throughout the process consultants Joe Ford and Chris Goodheart will be available to assist you
• Attached is a pdf copy of the on-line survey to help you assemble the data before going on-line. It is also available at:
• Once the webinars begin, the survey will be available on-line
Filling out the survey does not commit you to anything. It is important to gather the necessary details for the Governor and Legislature in order to portray the current connectivity of California’s public libraries. I am most appreciative of the efforts you and your staff will put forth.
Respectfully yours,
Gerald Maginnity
Acting State Librarian of California

An original copy of this letter can be found here.