Is your library ready for an ebook holiday?Posted in Resources - Online Resources, Technology on December 20, 2011 by Carrie
The libraries in the Capital Area Library District all have access to a huge and constantly growing collection of ebook resources that are licensed for customers to use on the OverDrive platform that our libraries share.
Be prepared to serve your customers with these ideas:
- Encourage staff to visit OverDrive’s Online Learning Center for the latest training on your digital collection. Suggested courses for assisting patrons include Just the Basics, OverDrive Mobile and the Kindle Demo. Staff can view the recorded sessions anytime, anywhere.
- Take a look at the latest list of compatible devices and formats in the Device Resource Center.
- Print the eBook How-to Guide and Kindle Book How-to Guide to have on hand at the reference and circulation desks for staff to use as a resource when assisting patrons and/or distribute to interested patrons.
- Online Marketing Kit: Take advantage of the many resources available in the Online Marketing Kit to get the word out to patrons that the library offers eBooks and digital audiobooks for their new devices.
Our district began this collection in November of 2008 with downloadable audiobooks only. We added ebooks in November 2010. Here are some Fast Facts about our service:
- There are currently over 4,000 titles in the collection.
- Since inception through the end of Nov. 2011, the libraries have spent $114,675.03 on content.
- Number of copies by general format: Audiobook: 1,463; eBook: 2,510; HarperCollins ebooks with limited license: 81 Maximum access Disney Collection: 780
- Checkouts: 47,617 Since inception (Current: 1,460) This breaks down into audiobook: 25,819 (Current: 381); eBook: 21,798 (Current: 1,079)
- Unique Library Patrons Checking Out Titles: 5,713 Overall (Current on Dec. 20: 873 Patrons)
What about Disney Digital Books? For the twelve months, through Dec. 12, 2012, your library customers will have licensed access to an always available/simultaneous access collection of Disney Books. Download, print, and share this flyer (PSDisneyFlyer-Design) with parents, teachers, and child-caregivers who have a computer with internet. Try Disney books with a magic pen that will read stories aloud or let kids have great interactive learning activities in Disney Online Books.
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