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Audiobooks panel discussion for NHLA conference.

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    NH Downloadable Audio Books Consortium NH Downloadable Audio Books Consortium Presentation Transcript

    • NHLA Conference Mt. Washington 17 May 2007 NH Downloadable Audio Books Consortium
    • Purpose of This Presentation
      • To provide information about the New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Books Consortium.
    • Current Consortium Statistics
      • 98 participating public libraries
      • 1436 unique titles in the collection
      • 1636 copies in the collection
      • 50 always available titles in the collection
      • 4680 active users
      • 23,400 checkouts
    • First Round
      • The consortium launched on September 5, 2006 with 20 libraries and 815 titles in the collection.
      • During the first month, 1196 titles circulated and 822 people used the service.
      • 500,000 people had access to the service though the initial 20 libraries of the consortium.
    • Second Round
      • A second round of 13 libraries launched on October 16, 2006.
      • An additional 130,000 individuals gained access to the service.
      • During the month of October, 681 people used the service for the first time.
      • 1096 titles circulated during the month of October.
    • Third Round
      • A third round, consisting of 45 libraries, launched in February, 2007.
      • These 45 libraries serve 185,000 residents.
      • 27 of the 45 libraries serve a population smaller than 2500 residents.
      • The annual consortium fee was significantly reduced for libraries serving a population smaller than 2500.
    • Fourth Round
      • On May 14, 2007, twenty more libraries started providing downloadable audio books to their patrons, extending the service to potentially another 120,000 individuals.
      • Of these twenty libraries, five serve small populations numbering less than 2500 residents, and twelve serve populations smaller than 5000.
    • Population Served http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/33000.html http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/lds/public_library_stats.html Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total NH Total Number of Libraries 20 13 45 20 98 230 Population Served 500,000 130,000 185,000 120,000 930,000 1,309,940
    • General Consortium Success Tips
      • Using available grant money to pay for set-up fees made it possible for smaller libraries to join the consortium.
      • Designate an internal project manager to collect information, answer questions, and be a primary contact for the project.
      • Start small and work on expanding.
      • Positive word-of-mouth marketing to libraries.
      • Use state or federal funding to build the start-up collection.
    • Success Tips: Buying Audio Books
      • Start a volunteer selection committee to purchase titles.
      • The selection committee members should ideally be audio book listeners.
      • Rotate the committee members on occasion.
      • Only one person (the internal project manager) should have purchasing privileges.
      • Purchase a year-long subscription of always available titles.
      • For a well-rounded start-up collection, allocate money by genre/age, etc.
      • Determine a reserve rate for purchasing duplicate copies and adhere to it; plan to buy duplicates and new titles each week.
    • Success Tips: Librarian Resources
      • Start a blog to help disseminate information. (Encourage the librarians to subscribe to the blog via RSS or provide an email subscription.)
      • The blog will also serve as an excellent “knowledge base” of information.
      • Start a wiki to which the librarians can contribute their experiences with the players.
      • Post the OverDrive-provided promotional materials on a central Website for easy downloading and printing.
      • Encourage participating librarians to share their own promotional materials with each other.