January 18, 2022

Arkansas State Library Announces Launch of Arkansas Digital Library Consortium

From the State Library of Arkansas:

2018-09-27_16-11-01Patrons of 22 public libraries have a powerful new tool to gain access to e-books and audiobooks, thanks to the Arkansas State Library.

The Arkansas Digital Library Consortium is a collaboration between 22 public libraries and library systems to share e-books and audiobooks through the digital content platform, Overdrive.

The consortium was established by the Arkansas State Library.

“Member libraries will pool a portion of the money they usually spend on digital books to create a large, shared library of digital books,” said Katie Jones, acquisitions manager.

Patrons will have access to a larger number of books than their individual library would be able to afford alone.

“For example, a small rural library that might only have a budget of $2,000 for e-books will now have access to more than $125,000 worth of e-books by being a member of the consortium.”

The ADLC will focus on current bestsellers and other popular titles that appeal to a wide audience. Individual libraries can still choose to buy additional titles for their patrons. “Beyond the cost-saving benefits of more free e-books and audiobooks for patrons, collaboration among librarians will allow them to tap into the shared expertise of their colleagues,” Jones added.

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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.