Arkansas State Library Announces Launch of Arkansas Digital Library Consortium
From the State Library of Arkansas:
Patrons 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 (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.