Douglas County Libraries offers electronic petting zoo

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Last month, Douglas County Libraries collaborated with our local Best Buy to offer a electronic petting zoo for patrons and staff.  With a staff member on hand, Best Buy brought one of every type eBook reader to the Philip S Miller Library in downtown Castle Rock, Colorado, so patrons could explore and ask questions. Patrons… Read more »

eBook fills demand for Giller Prize winner at Kitchener Public Library

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For most debut authors the dream of winning a highly coveted literary prize rarely becomes a reality; however, that is what happened last November to Johanna Skibsrud, when her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, won Canada’s most prestigious literary award, The Scotiabank Giller Prize. In fact, the award has the distinction of immediately creating “bestsellers” and… Read more »

Launching eBook downloads in the UK with Luton Libraries

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Fiona Marriott, principal librarian at Luton Cultural Services Trust, shares her experience launching the OverDrive service in the UK. Being one of the first to launch a new service is always a challenge and it means that you have few people to compare with or ask advice. It can be more expensive than “waiting and seeing”… Read more »

Digital books on the go: South Ayrshire Libraries targets travelers

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Michelle Jefford, ICT Systems Librarian at South Ayrshire Libraries, shares a marketing campaign that helped get the library’s download service off the ground–and into the air. The launch of our South Ayrshire Libraries e-reads service started as soon as the contract was signed.  As a relatively small library authority, being the first in Scotland to… Read more »

Rhode Island consortium increases circulation with staff training

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Lisa Davis, Assistant Director of Ocean State Libraries, shares a training program that educates consortium members on digital downloads—and increases download circulation. Ocean State Libraries (OSL) enjoys membership comprised of every public library in Rhode Island. As the Assistant Director for OSL, I am responsible for keeping the staff at our 50 libraries and 73 branches… Read more »

eBooks on the rise: Build your collection and get the word out

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Deb Czarnik, Library Manager for Technical Services and Collection Development for Lee County Library System, discusses the rising popularity of eBooks and the importance of promoting the format alongside its physical counterparts. Most libraries using the OverDrive service have undoubtedly heard about Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos’ press release about sales of Kindle eBooks reaching a… Read more »

Digital downloads at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival

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Deb Czarnik, Library Manager for Technical Services and Collection Development for Lee County Library System, shares her experience promoting digital downloads at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. On a beautiful spring Saturday in Southwest Florida, we celebrated reading, literacy, and libraries at our 11th Annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Nearly 20,000 attendees came to see their… Read more »

Sacramento Public Library’s audiobook club

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A patron (and active Friend) had an idea that started in one Sacramento Public Library branch and is now being looked at as a model for the State of California. She and a supportive branch supervisor introduced an audiobook option into a new book club, so that visually impaired readers could participate along with sighted… Read more »