PATRON: Do you still have eBooks and eAudiobooks?
LIBRARIAN: Why, yes, we do.
PATRON: I don’t see them listed in the catalog any more.
LIBRARIAN: Well, we removed the records.
During the first week of 2024 the RiverShare Libraries de-integrated (removed) the records of OverDrive items from our catalog.
Checking our statistics, we found that less than 3% of OverDrive users visit the RiverShare catalog to find what eBooks and eAudiobooks are available. Over 97% of you go directly to the Libby or Sora site to borrow your items and place holds.
So, we decided to save the staff time spent entering this data and also save the cost of the MARC records to be added.
Did you know that we do not “own” some OverDrive items? Many items are “metered.” We have access to them for X number of circulations or for a particular number of months/years. Once we no longer have the rights to circulate these items, their records need to be removed from the catalog. That’s right, more work! Or looking at it from our new angle, more time saved!
What impact will this change have to you? Well, for 97% of you, none.
For the 2-3% of you who are use to locating the records in the RiverShare catalog, you will want to change your approach and go directly to the OverDrive site.
There you will be able to check out up to 5 items at a time, place reserves on up to 10 items, check out an unlimited number of magazines, and use the Settings option to control the default length of time items are charged to your account.
Don’t you just love OverDrive!?
Well, we just found a way to love it even more!