Below is a press release about a partnership between OdiloTID, USA and the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado). If you have heard about the Douglas County Model regarding ebooks, this partnership sets some of the groundwork for other libraries to expand upon the same model. For some background information on the players and the grant mentioned, see these posts:
OdiloConsortia™ to Power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project
OdiloTID, USA is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado) funded by a recent LSTA/IMLS grant.
Beginning in October, pilot libraries throughout the state of Colorado will offer eBooks to their communities via different channels for eBook lending. The model apart from big publishers will incorporate library-created content, as well as content from midlist publishers, emerging small, independent and self-publishers. It also integrates eBook titles from large distributors, such as OverDrive and 3M.
The platform will be the first independent, statewide, open eBook platform in the U.S., and will break through restrictions imposed on library eBooks by the major publishers. Through The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), which oversees the holdings of more than 40 rural and small libraries of various types (public, school, academic, special), all Colorado libraries will be able to:
- Provide more digital content to their patrons and their communities.
- Access midlist, independent, or self-published works.
- Publish or share library-produced digital works, such as local histories.
- Enhance purchasing power for all libraries.
Colorado Libraries will be able to create their own library purchasing centers in addition to the open Marketplace offered by OdiloTID. Libraries will be able to share their collections or acquire titles for use only by their respective library systems. The OdiloTID platform will integrate with existing ILS systems and other eContent delivery solutions.
OdiloTID will work with grant partners CLiC and Douglas County Libraries to integrate with the Open Source Discovery Layer, VuFind and the Open Source ILS Koha.
“The project represents an important alternative to today’s fragmented and distributor-centric market. It allows libraries to better manage emerging content, and integrate a mix of content sources.” said Jamie Larue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries and Project Director.
Rodrigo Rodriguez, President of OdiloTID of America & Middle East, believes that other states can follow in the steps of Colorado and that this can be the first step toward a U.S National eBook Library Lending System. OdiloTID has experience creating and launching national and big library networks worldwide, said Rodriguez. A country-wide OdiloTID platform in Chile serves two million patrons, a statewide platform serves Badajoz Spain, and the Instituto Cervantes International platform serves libraries in 45 countries. OdiloTID has also launched a pilot project with some of The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) member libraries.
OdiltoTID has worked closely with Monique Sendze, IT Director for Douglas County Libraries and project manager for this effort. Sendze said she finds the Odilo platform “mature, robust, scalable and flexible.”
OdiloTID is a privately held Spain and U.S based company which is a spin off from a company with over 25 years’ experience in library services and archive solutions. OdiloTID was created in April 2011 with the objective of specializing in the eBooks and content sector. OdiloTID is exponentially growing every year, serving thousands of organizations in the public and private sector across USA, Europe and Latin America. OdiloTID’s services are present in 47 countries.
About Douglas County Libraries
Douglas County Libraries (Colo.) serves 296,000 people via branches located in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Lone Tree, Louviers, Roxborough and Castle Pines. Douglas County Libraries is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning; through engagement, education and entertainment, we transform lives and build community.
CLiC is an innovative, collaborative organization that empowers libraries and library staff to better serve their communities. CLiC achieves this mission by working towards the following goals:
- “Expedite the discovery, selection, and delivery of information and materials to library patrons in Colorado”.
- “Provide and support learning opportunities for ongoing professional development resulting in improved services in libraries”.
- “Identify and support initiatives to strengthen the Colorado library community”.
“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov .”