From the North Carolina State University Libraries:
RALEIGH, NC â€“ NC LIVE, North Carolinaâ€™s statewide public and academic library consortium, is experimenting with a new e-Book project that gives North Carolina library patrons unlimited access to more than 1,200 e-Book titles from North Carolina-based publishers. This collection offers a wide range of content, including novels by popular North Carolina authors, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction. The e-Books are available for public use on the BiblioBoard platform and on North Carolina library websites, featuring titles like Guests on Earth by Lee Smith and North Carolina and Old Salem Cookery by Beth Tartan, among many others.
The consortium partnered with eight local publishing houses to purchase the e-Books, including Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (an imprint of Workman Books), Crossroad Press, Gryphon House, Ingalls Publishing Group, John F. Blair Publishing, McFarland, Press 53, and UNC Press. Unlike traditional library eBooks, this collection features always available, unlimited simultaneous user access during the life of the pilot, meaning patrons will not have to place a hold or wait for an eBook to become available. Additionally, the BiblioBoard platform allows users to view the eBooks in a web browser or download them to their tablet devices via the BiblioBoard Library app.
With this project, NC LIVE was able to acquire e-Book titles not previously available to libraries at lower prices than would be possible if the libraries had purchased them independently.
Executive Director Tim Rogers noted, â€œFor the cost of about 5-10 e-Books per library, the Home Grown collection gives every North Carolinian access to more than 1,200 e-Books. It is something we can all feel good about.â€
State Librarian Cal Shepard echoed Rogersâ€™ sentiments. â€œI believe this project showcases one of the many ways the stateâ€™s libraries are harnessing technology and working together to efficiently offer services that people want and need. When we pool our resources in this way, weâ€™re able to achieve a lot more than we could individually.â€
The pilot program will run through December 2014, during which time NC LIVE will work with publishers, libraries, and BiblioLabs, the provider of the BiblioBoard platform, to assess the long-term sustainability and success of these models.
About NC LIVE
NC LIVE is a statewide library consortium that provides shared digital content and services to North Carolinaâ€™s community colleges, public libraries, the UNC System, and NC Independent Colleges and Universities. Patrons of NC LIVEâ€™s 200 member libraries may access e-Books, magazines, newspapers, journals, streaming videos, and more online via library websites, and through www.nclive.org.
BiblioBoard is the PatronsFirst mobile library. The folks behind BiblioBoard are a powerful team based in Charleston, SC. They aim to transform access to information by providing a world-class user experience that thrills library patrons and is profitable for publishers. BiblioBoard is moving library content delivery into the future in a sustainable way. BiblioLabs is also a proud member of the Charleston Digital Corridor. To learn more, visit www.biblioboard.com.