The Chicago Public Library received a $300,000 grant from the Illinois State Library to conduct the PDA pilot over two years.
The library selected Ingram to manage the innovative program.
To launch the PDA pilot, Ingram created hand-tailored lists for adult fiction, non-fiction, and youth titles, and the bibliographic records for these books were added to the library’s online catalog. When an item is requested by a patron, a purchase is triggered, a report is generated for the library, and the library places an order with Ingram.
At the conclusion of the project, Chicago Public Library will own approximately 13,000 new reading and informational materials.
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Some 5,250 titles have been added since the end of September as books available for the library to buy. Titles include: “The Everything Soapmaking Book,” “Jane Austen, Game Theorist,” “The Handbook of Bird Photography,” and “Mind Mapping For Dummies.” To date, lenders have ordered about 100 of those new titles.