The Douglas County Libraries (Colorado) have embarked on a quest to purchase eBook content to load on their own Adobe Content Server. The first milestone in the project was a partnership with the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. Since then, they have made headway with Gale and Lerner Digital. Jordana Vincent, Collection Development Librarian at Douglas County Libraries and I discussed the project in a recent NSR interview. Ms. Vincent discusses several innovative ideas coming from DCL and offers much detail about the current project. She can be reached for more info at jvincent at dclibraries dot org. Continue reading
Yesterday I was in Loveland, Colorado for the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference. While chatting with Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries, he shared a great idea for training staff on eBooks and eReaders. With the approval of his Board, the library provided a $50 rebate to library staff who purchased one of 6 pre-selected eBook readers/tablet devices. Just over 100 staff took part in the rebate offer. Jamie said the staff are learning so much about eBooks and devices because they are getting hands-on experience. Staff are sharing tips and tricks with one another as well, many getting together during lunch to hash over the details of eBooks.