January 23, 2022

A West Virginia Public Library and School Library Consider Teaming to Offer E-Books to Kids

From The Herald-Star (Steubenville, OH):

Officials with the Brooke County Public Library have asked the county’s school board to consider teaming with them to make e-books available to local children.

Mary Kay Wallace, the library’s director, and Ruth Lewis, president of the library board, asked the Brooke County Board of Education Monday to consider contributing with subscription costs for a provider of e-books and other digital materials.

Wallace said it will cost about $13,720 per year to subscribe to the West Virginia Digital Entertainment Library Initiative, a service supported by 11 public libraries in West Virginia [powered by OverDrive], including the Mary H. Weir and Ohio County libraries.


Assistant Superintendent of Schools Marty Bartz, who learned of the library’s efforts as Brooke County Commissioner, said the school district has run into complications when trying to purchase its own e-books.

He told the board, “I think the contribution on our behalf would probably be no different that what we’re trying to do with e-books now.”

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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.