North Carolina and Massachusetts: More Interesting Statewide Ebook Partnerships Involving BiblioBoard
Last week we pointed out a new and very interesting partnership between the State Library of Arizona and BiblioBoard.
The two organizations will work together to obtain content, which the State Library will own and BiblioLabs will host. In addition to hosting commercially available eBooks about Arizona, BiblioBoard will include a self-publishing module for local authors with book reviews and a rating system.
Today, we learned about to two more BiblioBoard partnerships with statewide ebook projects in North Carolina and Massachusetts.
In North Carolina
NC LIVE, North Carolina’s digital library consortium, has signed with BiblioBoard to custom publish a module of 1,000 eBooks representing content produced locally within the Tarheel state. NC LIVE licenses titles directly from North Carolina-based publishing houses, including Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, John F. Blair, Gryphon House, Press 53, Ingalls Publishing Group, McFarland, Crossroads Press and other publishers large and small.
In less than one year since launching, BiblioBoard has been adopted by the Massachusetts Library System (representing more than 1,600 academic, public, school and special libraries) in conjunction with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s (MBLC) Statewide Resource Sharing Committee for their MA eBook Project, a pilot project to explore a statewide solution for eBooks.
Upon completion of their pilot project with BiblioBoard, Massachusetts hopes to launch [our emphasis] BiblioBoard’s enhanced geo-location verified point of entry for any resident in the state. With approval from the statewide committee and with additional state funding, MLS and MBLC expect to open participation to all member libraries. No library card login will be required for Massachusetts’s residents to access thousands of BiblioBoard-licensed eBook titles.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) 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.