January 24, 2022

Wisconsin: State Libraries Join e-Book Buying Pool

From the Appleton Post-Crescent:

The state’s public libraries have noticed the increasing popularity of iPods, iPads, Sony eReaders, Kindles, Nooks and MP3 players, and plan to play a big role in facilitating that experience.

The libraries are part of a statewide e-book buying pool to purchase $1 million in new content in 2012 for a Digital Download Center sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. The purchase will dramatically expand the center’s offerings — including e-books, audio books, videos and music — to all Wisconsin residents.


The project began last May when the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning of the state Department of Public Instruction sponsored a statewide e-book summit. The summit’s primary recommendation was to establish a statewide e-book buying pool.


Currently, the Digital Download Center offers roughly 5,000 titles. Starting in January, two representatives from each library system will help select e-books and audio books for purchase, said Diana Sandberg, media librarian for the Appleton Public Library, who is one of the selectors.

The Digital Download Center is powered by OverDrive.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.