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CW MARS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Post Date: November 25, 2019

CW MARS Launched an updated website on Monday November 25th using the new Google Sites. The site is mobile-friendly and will automatically adjust to the best layout for your device whether you are using a computer monitor, phone, or tablet.

We've also updated our help documentation and reorganized our menus to make content easier to find. Have feedback to share? Contact your local library

CW MARS WELCOMES NEW MEMBER LIBRARIES

Post Date: November 7, 2019

CW MARS is thrilled to welcome our newest member libraries:

Over the next months we will be working with them to add their collections to our shared online catalog.

CW MARS LIBRARIES RESPOND TO MACMILLAN EBOOK EMBARGO

Post Date: October 14, 2019

CW MARS Libraries wrote to Macmillan Publishers CEO, John Sargent to express their disappointment with the Macmillan ebook embargo planned to start on November 1st. The embargo restricts libraries to purchase one copy of a title during the first 8 weeks (2 months) from the date it was released. Libraries are expecting long wait times for these titles and are concerned about being unable to meet the needs of frustrated readers.

"This embargo punishes those who are most likely to rely on libraries. It perpetuates the digital divide and promotes inequity in access. Libraries are unable to serve the needs of patrons by purchasing additional copies. The assumption that during the 8 week embargo, sales from patrons will exceed what libraries would have spent on content is unrealistic. It is disheartening that you discount the sales that do happen as a direct result of library borrowing, discovery and promotion.

We implore you to work with libraries to provide equitable access to content for all readers. Our libraries have a responsibility to their patrons to provide access in multiple formats. Publisher embargos create a barrier to access that we can not support." Read Full Letter Here.

For more details on publisher restrictions on libraries see the OverDrive FAQ.

Join the campaign and sign the petition to demand #ebooksforall at ebooksforall.org

BLACKSTONE AUDIOBOOKS PURCHASING RESTRICTIONS

Post Date: October 4, 2019

Blackstone Audio has changed their policy for library audiobook availability. Starting in July 2019, library availability for select Blackstone titles will be delayed 3 months from their initial release date. The library community is disappointed in Blackstone’s decision. Library digital content suppliers are in ongoing dialogue with Blackstone to advocate a policy change. You may email Blackstone directly to provide feedback at libraryservices@blackstoneaudio.com

CW MARS TURNS ON AUTO RENEWAL

Post Date: July 10, 2019

On July 1, 2019 CW MARS turned on a new feature to allow checked-out physical materials that are able to be renewed to renew automatically.

Library patrons no longer have to remember to log into their account to renew the items they have checked out. If an item has a renewal available, it will automatically renew on the due date.

An email notification will be sent on the due date alerting patrons that a renewal has been attempted for your items. Check the body of the email to find out whether your items were successfully renewed or were unable to be renewed.

Items will not renew under the following circumstances:

  • if the maximum amount of renewals have already been reached
  • if you have fines totaling more than $10 on your account
  • if your account has expired

All CW MARS member libraries are participating in auto-renewal. This means that no matter which CW MARS library your materials are from, they will automatically renew on the due date if a renewal is available.

CW MARS and our libraries are committed to making borrowing materials as convenient and easy as possible!

CW MARS LAUNCHES ONE CARD, MANY LIBRARIES MARKETING CAMPAIGN

Post Date: June 18, 2019

Visit any CW MARS library
Return material to any CW MARS library

In May of 2019 CW MARS launched a public awareness campaign to promote awareness of the power of a CW MARS library card.

Use your local CW MARS library card to:

  • Check out materials at any CW MARS public library across the state
  • Place holds on materials from any CW MARS library
  • Return materials at any CW MARS library

A CW MARS library card gives access to:

  • Over eight million physical items (books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.)
  • Over 65,000 e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines

AND, if a CW MARS library doesn’t have what you’re looking for, you can get it from another library from across the state.

What do you love about your CW MARS Network? As part of the One Card, Many Libraries campaign, CW MARS libraries would also like to hear from residents about what’s important to them.

Residents can share their comments at: https://cwmars.lovemasslibraries.com/