Next Generation websites are now live in 22 library systems around the world. Just today, we added Minnesota’s Hennepin County Library, Arizona’s Pima County Public Library, and the Ohio eBook Project.
We’re seeing increased reader engagement across the board at all Next Gen libraries. Since the relaunch of Dayton Metro Library, readers are spending 22-percent more time on site, viewing 22-percent more pages. At the Public Library of Cincinnati And Hamilton County (Ohio), which relaunched on Monday, sample excerpts are up 93 percent. The North Carolina Digital Library (Chapel Hill Public Library, Greensboro Public Library, Hickory Public Library) has seen significant increases in page views (15 percent), time on site (18 percent), visits (10 percent), and sample excerpts (35 percent).
We’re encouraged by this early data, and we appreciate all the feedback we’ve been receiving from library partners and readers. Here’s the current list of Next Generation pilot libraries:
Brooklyn Public Library (N.Y.)
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio)
Dayton Metro Library (Ohio)
Hennepin County Library (Minn.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Maryland’s Digital Library
Melbourne Library Service (Australia)
Mid-Continent Public Library (Mo.)
My Media Mall (Ill.)
North Carolina Digital Library
OK Virtual Library (Okla.)
Orange County Library System (Fla.)
Pikes Peak Library District (Colo.)
Pima County Public Library (Ariz.)
Pioneer Library System (Okla.)
Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (Md.)
Public Library of Cincinnati And Hamilton County (Ohio)
Rockford Public Library (Ill.)
The Ohio eBook Project
Stay tuned for more news as we continue to roll out the Next Generation platform for all library partners through the first part of 2013.
Michael Lovett is Public Relations and Social Media Specialist at OverDrive.