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Tuesday matinee - We're in the eBook Business: Douglas County Libraries' Adventures with eContent and ePublishing

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Putting power in the hands of the people has always been at the forefront of the minds in Douglas County Libraries. Now, we're taking things to the next level. Creating in-browser eBook readers, …

Putting power in the hands of the people has always been at the forefront of the minds in Douglas County Libraries. Now, we're taking things to the next level. Creating in-browser eBook readers, enabling social networking through apps on Facebook, and using an Adobe Content Server to encode digital rights management and circulate titles. We've implemented a recommendation engine in our catalog, launched a mobile app that integrates with OverDrive, and installed digital touchscreen power walls in all of our branches. We've investigated freemium business models, crowd-sourcing and OPDS, embraced VuFind with its eBook integration and discovery features, and become a lending library for the Internet Archive. These projects and more will be discussed, along with the challenges and rewards each of them has brought.

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  • 1. We’re in the eBook Business:Douglas County Libraries’ Adventures with eContent and ePublishing Hutch Tibbetts Digital Resources Librarian
  • 2. DCL Trends in Print Circulation900000800000700000 2010600000 2011500000400000300000
  • 3. DCL Trends in eBook Circulation 180,780200,000180,000160,000 123,340140,000120,000100,000 80,000 52,820 60,000 28,810 40,000 15,395 20,000 0 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  • 4. Loss of eBook ownership implications • Interlibrary loan • Archival rights • Vendor’s power to add or remove
  • 5. eContent Previously Unavailable to Libraries • Independent publishers • Local historical documents • Self-published books
  • 6. The DCL eBook Model
  • 7. VuFind Discovery Layer
  • 8. Personalized recommendations
  • 9. iDCL Reader
  • 10. Digital Powerwall
  • 11. Carousel display
  • 12. ChallengesOrganizational impact• Budgetary concerns• Collection development• Acquisition team• Cataloging team• IT staff• Training department• Frontline staff
  • 13. Challenges• Adobe Content Server• ILS integration• New product development• Mobile development
  • 14. Measures of success• Library as publisher• eContent all accessible from single portal• ePublishing purchasing agreements
  • 15. DCL eBook Partnerships
  • 16. Measures of success• Library as publisher• eContent all accessible from single portal• ePublishing purchasing agreements• Digital content
  • 17. Measures of success• Library as publisher• eContent all accessible from single portal• ePublishing purchasing agreements• Digital content• Industry adoption
  • 18. What we’ve learned• Talking directly to publishers - Which publishers to approach - What are their concerns• Interest from the independents
  • 19. What we’ve learned• Talking directly to publishers - Which publishers to approach - What are their concerns• Interest from the independents• How to manage the eContent process
  • 20. Inventing the eBackroom• This is new for us and for the publishers. Lots of handholding, emails, phone calls.• Book reviews are sparse• What is a MARC record?• Cross-department communication and coordination
  • 21. Still Missing• Acquisitions system• Kindle solution• None of the Big 6 willing to play yet
  • 22. Want more information?• Managing eContent in libraries evoke.cvlsites.org• Adobe Content Server www.adobe.com/products/content- server.html• VuFind vufind.org• Douglas County Libraries douglascountylibraries.org
  • 23. Promotionhttp://douglascountylibraries.org/digital-branch
  • 24. Thank you!Hutch Tibbettshtibbetts@dclibraries.org

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