Minnesota: Local Authors Can Now Submit eBooks to Library For Possible Acquisition
Over the last two years, the Washington County Library system has grown its eBook titles to more than 2,500 titles.
Now, the library system is hoping to expand that collection and open up opportunities to local authors.
Earlier this month library officials launched a new initiative called “Library Local Content,” which allows local and independent authors to submit eBooks to be included in the library’s catalogue.
Joe Manion, public services director for Washington County Libraries, developed the idea for Library Local Content after hearing of a similar initiative that is currently in place in Douglas County, Colo.
“We’ve always been very concerned about making everybody’s works accessible,” he said. “What’s a little bit more difficult is to find the small author, the author who is getting started, the author who is local – but now we have the eBook revolution.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.