Collaboration in Canada: Public Libraries in Nova Scotia Expand Collection of Ebooks by Local Authors
From the Province of Nova Scotia:
The Nova Scotia Provincial Library, Halifax Public Libraries, and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association have collaborated to provide greater access to the region’s ebooks through a project called Read Local.
“This innovative project puts hundreds of Atlantic Canadian authored and published ebooks onto Nova Scotia library users’ devices,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Tony Ince.
Twelve regional publishers have signed agreements with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library and Halifax Public Libraries to provide free access to the ebooks for library users. The agreement can also be used to allow libraries to purchase new ebooks and to build relationships with additional publishers in the future.
Outside of Quebec, this is the first provincewide agreement of its kind between libraries and locally based publishers.
More than 600 new ebooks are available across the province. The titles are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, and cover a range of subjects for primarily adult readers. A selection of works appealing to young readers, including some French titles, is also available.
About Gary Price
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.