The statewide e-book project, also known as eVoke Colorado, continues to reach significant milestones. The project team has purchased the initial collection, implemented new design elements and integrated functionality with OverDrive and library catalogs.
By project end, eVoke Colorado endeavors to create an alpha-stage, end-to-end cloud e-content infrastructure that can provide digital content purchasing and lending capabilities to all Colorado libraries. Earlier this year, the project achieved milestones allowing library users to search and access e-content alongside physical content, see real-time availability, and download titles from within library catalogs.
The eVoke advisory committee, including representatives from Douglas County Libraries (DCL), Colorado State Library, Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries and Marmot Library Network, was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for the project in October, 2013.
Helping to stretch the value of the grant, project partner OdiloTID has waived more than $60,000 in customization costs. The completed OdiloTID platform will integrate with existing library systems and other e-content delivery solutions.
By the time the grant cycle closes in October, 2014, this additional integration, plus development and testing, will be complete. The platform will be the first independent, statewide, open e-book platform in the U.S., and will break through restrictions imposed on library e-books by major publishers.
“This project provides libraries with access to more content for patrons,” said Jamie LaRue, eVoke project leader and former DCL director. “It helps ensure the future vitality and community relevance of all Colorado’s libraries.”
For more information, visit eVokeColorado.info.
The Colorado Library Consortium connects 400+ libraries to better serve Colorado residents. Core services include operation of the statewide library courier, cooperative purchasing for a variety of products and services, delivery of continuing education events and in-the-field consulting, and AspenCat, a union catalog serving nearly 50 libraries. Learn more at http://clicweb.org.
About Douglas County Libraries
Douglas County Libraries is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. It checks out more than 8 million physical and digital materials annually. Seven locations offer WiFi, research resources, Storytimes, public meeting spaces and interesting programs and events for all ages. For more information, visit DouglasCountyLibraries.org.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
“eVoke Colorado was funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which administers the Library Services and Technology Act. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its 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 and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.”
OdiloTID is a privately held Spain and U.S based company which is a spinoff from a company with more than 25 years’ experience in library services and archive solutions. OdiloTID specializes in e-books and content, providing services in 45 countries to customers like the Institute Cervantes and the Public National Library System in Chile.