Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and partner the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) were awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $209,460 for their project proposal, “eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project” in October 2013.
The project team, consisting of staff from DCL and CLiC, felt that the ever-increasing use of e-books and e-readers demands that libraries become strong players in digital content delivery to remain vital and relevant to the communities they serve. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries and CLic move forward with statewide ebook pilot project
February 27, 2014 – (Lanham, MD) – Rowman & Littlefield is proud to announce its new partnership with Douglas County Libraries to provide e-books directly to the DCL e-book platform.
This partnership is part of DCL’s move to partner directly with publishers to provide electronic content for patrons. The newly signed agreement stipulates that e-books will be provided at a flat discount directly to the library system’s platform. This includes the trade, general interest, and reference titles most of interest to today’s readers. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries adds Rowman & Littlefield titles to the DCL platform
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:
OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks
Douglas County and CLiC receive LSTA grant to expand eVoke...
Trailblazers: Moving the Library Upstream in the Digital Distribution Process
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. Continue reading Public libraries in Colorado to use the Odilo eBook platform for purchasing, management, and lending
Congratulations to everyone in Colorado on receiving this grant! I’m pleased to see that the forward thinking librarians in Colorado will continue with their important work. Please see the press release below for details on the program.
LSTA awards Douglas County Libraries and CLiC more than $209,000
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and partner the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) were recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $209,460 for their project proposal, “eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project.”
The project team, consisting of staff from DCL and CLiC, felt that the ever-increasing use of e-books and e-readers demands that libraries become strong players in digital content delivery to remain vital and relevant to the communities they serve. Continue reading Douglas County and CLC receive LSTA grant to expand eVoke project for digital content purchasing and lending
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announces the debut of “The Wire: A Writer’s Resource,” a blog for new and aspiring authors. The new initiative provides information to people hoping to write, publish and find markets for their books, and is a step toward the library’s goal of making locally-produced content available to its audience.
DCL has garnered recent media attention for its efforts to increase the number of e-books available to library patrons, despite roadblocks to library acquisition of e-books from large commercial publishers. A byproduct is the creation of a library-run publishing channel. In a recent “Colorado Matters” interview with Colorado Public Radio’s Elaine Grant, DCL director Jamie LaRue said, “Once we built a publishing platform to reach out to smaller, independent presses, we could also accommodate self-published authors.” Continue reading Douglas County Libraries debuts new blog for authors – The Wire: A Writer’s Resource
I received this press release today from Douglas County Libraries about OdiloTID. Interesting to see an international company step up to take on this important role for libraries. Bibliotheca had announced support for this type of service last summer, but I haven’t heard anything from them since. Here is more from the DCL press release:
OdiloTID to empower libraries to manage their Digital Collections following the “DCL Model” and the ReadersFirst Principles.
OdiloTID, the leading eBook system provider for libraries in Spain and Latin America, is partnering with the library and publisher community to facilitate the adoption of the concepts of the“DCL Model” developed by the Douglas County Libraries, CO. We enable libraries to directly negotiate with publishers and reduce their cost of acquisition of digital content by a third. We provide integration with all major Integrated Library Management Systems through the use of Robust APIs to create a user friendly interface for patrons. Continue reading OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks, following DCL Model
I’m a big fan of Douglas County Libraries. They are innovative trail blazers. This press release from December 27, 2012 is another example of their innovation. They are partnering with Impelsys to create an acquisitions dashboard. This sounds similar to the dashboards available at other vendors, where a publisher can send all title metadata and the DCL collections staff can browse, search, and purchase needed titles. The product will be available to other libraries after beta testing. Here is more from the DCL press release:
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) in Colorado is testing a new acquisitions dashboard developed in partnership with Impelsys, a company that works with publishers to deliver and market eContent.
The dashboard will allow DCL’s collection development and acquisitions staff to receive new title metadata directly from DCL’s publisher partners. A publisher new to the DCL family of partners could upload its entire catalog to the dashboard, which facilitates easy receipt and assessment of item records, cover art, subjects, prices, etc. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries and Impelsys partner on an acquisitions dashboard
Back in August, 2012, Smashwords announced a new product, Library Direct. This is a service that allows libraries and library networks to acquire and establish large opening collections of ebooks, direct from Smashwords. Douglas County was one of the first customers back in August of 2012, loading 10,000 of the top titles. The last day of 2012, they added another 10,000 titles. Here is more from the DCL press release:
On December 31, Douglas County Libraries (DCL) acquired 10,000 e-book titles from the world’s largest distributor of self-published works, Smashwords, bringing the total number of e-book files that DCL owns to 21,000. All of the content purchased from Smashwords, including books in popular genres such as fiction, romance, mystery, and science fiction, is available for borrowing by library patrons. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries adds 10,000 titles from Smashwords
Douglas County Libraries continues to push the boundaries of local library hosting of ebooks. They recently released a new iOS app so patrons can direct download from their local collection. David Rothman at Library City has a really nice blog post with all of the details. The app itself can be found here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idcl-reader/id565691104?ls=1&mt=8
If you aren’t familiar with the work of DCL, then have a listen to an interview I did with their former Collection Development Librarian, Jordana Vincent. Additional information about their project is available at E-voke.
Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries, sent this information to me about a new monthly price comparison of eBooks. In addition to its appearance in American Libraries, it will be available at both the American Libraries e-Content blog (americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content) and at evoke.cvlsites.org.
In the past months, the prices of ebooks for libraries—and in particular, some large price increases—have received considerable attention. But these discussions typically occur in the abstract. I decided that a focus on actual prices would greatly illuminate the challenges that libraries face.
Thus, Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries compiled a new monthly price comparison report (PDF file). In addition to the American Libraries E-Content blog, this report also will be available at evoke.cvlsites.org. Continue reading Douglas County Libraries monthly eBook price comparison