March 30, 2020

The Washington State Library is Partnering with LYRASIS to Begin Deploying a Statewide E-Book Platform, SimplyE

From a Joint Announcement:

The Washington State Library has selected LYRASIS to begin deployment of a statewide, e-book platform, SimplyE, to be available to all citizens in Washington.

“The State Library aims through this partnership to create a robust, library-centric e-book management solution that gives all citizens access to a shared repository of e-books from publishers who offer better library lending solutions, like perpetual access and lower costs per circulation,” said State Librarian Cindy Aden. “We are aiming to see SimplyE in place in our first pilot libraries by late spring.”

Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, says of the new partnership, “We are thrilled to be working with the Washington State Library to help the public libraries of Washington increase circulation and improve access to their e-books for users across the state. LYRASIS works closely with members and users across the globe to develop and deliver solutions such as SimplyE that support the goals and missions of libraries, archives, museums and research organizations worldwide.”

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SimplyE gives users one-click access to their library’s e-book catalog through a mobile app, simplifying a user’s ability to securely and privately connect with their library. It also streamlines all electronic content offered by their libraries, including e-books, pdfs and audiobooks – all in one place. Libraries benefit from the library-centered e-books management, as well as the opportunity to boost circulation with curated recommendations, engage the community by publicizing events and initiatives in the app, and protect user privacy by not ceding patron data to large, for-profit vendors.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement

Gary Price About Gary Price

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.

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