eRead Illinois Newsletter: February 27, 2014

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eRead Illinois Newsletter
February 27, 2014

The 3M Cloud Library shared collection is pleased to welcome five new members starting participation on March 1, bringing our total to 127 libraries. RAILS and non-SHARE library members continue to join the Axis 360 shared collection, bringing the overall total of libraries participating in eRead Illinois to an outstanding 295. Our project is growing!

SHARE members that would like to start participation in the 3M Cloud Library shared collection on April 1, 2014 should email Lesley at: by Friday, April 21.

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.

3M Shopping Cart News:
Participating libraries are doing a great job adding diverse titles to our shared collection. Thanks for placing items in your cart each week and keep up the good work! This week, 3M Purchase Day will happen on Monday morning, March 3. This will give you an extra afternoon to finalize items within your 3M Shopping Cart before we press the purchase button. We’ll resume our regular “Friday Purchase Day” schedule on Friday, March 7. We’ve also added a few more virtual shopping cart trainings to L2, check out the Training section below for exact dates and times.

Visit Project Members from RAILS:
RAILS eRead Illinois project team members will be presenting at the ISLMA mini-conference in Charleston, IL on Saturday, March 8, and you’re invited! If you are attending PLA March 11 - 15, you’ll also find Natalie and Veronda at the RAILS booth in the exhibit hall. Feel free to stop by, say hello, and ask them all of your eRead Illinois questions.

SHARE members will find more Basic 3M Demo and 3M Shopping Cart virtual sessions scheduled in March. Also, all IHLS members are eligible to attend our “Technology Petting Zoos”, and we’ll be adding more of those in the coming weeks. Be sure to register in L2 early for these sessions as seats are limited. (Note: You will need to be logged into L2 to view the following listings.)

For non-SHARE members, a series of live training sessions and online webinars on the eRead Illinois Axis 360 platform are being held throughout March and 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. Please note that you must be logged in to L2 to view these opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie DeJonghe, E-book Trainer/Coordinator, at:

In Case You Missed It:
Last week we posted a news update for SHARE school libraries regarding 3M’s solution to keep students from accessing age inappropriate materials. If you missed it, you can view it here. 3M is getting this solution ready for us to roll out in mid to late March, but since we’re working with technology, those dates are slightly fluid. We’ll keep you updated and let you know how this solution is progressing and when we can officially implement it.

E-book Education:
Want to learn more about e-books and e-readers in general? Check out these resources to stay up to date on all things related to e-reading.

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


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