eRead Illinois Newsletter: April 3, 2014

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eRead Illinois Newsletter
April 3, 2014

May Sign-Up:
SHARE members that would like to start participation in the 3M Cloud Library shared collection on May 1, 2014 should email Lesley (before April 17) or Chris Dawdy (after April 17) by Friday, April 25. You’ll pay a prorated member fee when you start in May. If you’re unsure about the cost for your library, simply fill out the 3M member fee request form and return it to Lesley or Chris.

Non-SHARE libraries are welcome to sign-up to participate in the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 shared collection at any time. Simply fill out the request for membership participation fee form and email it to: For more information, visit the RAILS eRead Illinois page.

For SHARE members: We will be going on a short training hiatus in April, because Lesley will be unavailable for a couple of months on maternity leave. During that time, you’ll be in the very capable hands of our SHARE Manager for Staff Services, Chris Dawdy. You’ll notice that she has been added to our Project Team contact list. Feel free to contact her at any time with your eRead Illinois questions.

For non-SHARE members: A series of live training sessions and online webinars on the eRead Illinois Axis 360 platform are being held in to April. Live sessions are scheduled at different locations and are only available to staff from libraries participating in eRead Illinois (registration is required). Recordings of the Shared Collection Training and the Administrative Site webinars will be available at a later date and posted on the eRead Illinois website. For a complete list of upcoming training opportunities, visit the RAILS eRead Illinois Webinars and Presentations page. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie DeJonghe, E-book Trainer/Coordinator, at:

3M Shopping Cart Spring Cleaning:
We would like to do a bit of spring cleaning in the 3M Content Acquisition Tool. If you haven’t logged in to your 3M shopping cart in a while, please log-in at and see if there are any outstanding items remaining in your cart. To clear them out, click on the carts tab, select your cart from the pull down menu and click on the red “clear cart” button. This will make things much easier for Chris when she takes over the purchasing mid-month. While you’re at it, please make sure that your shopping cart is named after your library. If you are unsure of how to name your cart, email Lesley at: and she’ll walk you through the process.

3M Cloud Library Monthly Stats:
To assist libraries who have reached the end of their Fiscal Year and are filling out the IPLAR, we’re going to start sending out a monthly look at 3M Cloud Library statistics for the entire shared collection. We’ll also share them in these newsletters so that you can see just how quickly our shared collection is growing! Take a look at the numbers for March below:

    The 3M Cloud Library shared collection as of March 31, 2014:

  • Total Number of Items in the Collection: 4,905
  • Total Number of Unique Titles: 4,680
  • Total Number of Items Circulated this Month (March 1 – March 31): 5,110

Project Team:
We love hearing from you! Feel free to contact members of the project team with questions and suggestions:

Veronda Pitchford, eRead Illinois Project Director (RAILS): or 630-734-5119.

Natalie DeJonghe, eRead Illinois E-book Trainer/Coordinator (RAILS): or 630-734-5121.

Lesley Zavediuk, eRead Illinois E-book Trainer/Coordinator (IHLS): or 618-656-3216, ext. 424

Chris Dawdy, SHARE Manager for Staff Services: or 618-656-3216, ext. 443


eRead Illinois is supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.