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Ereaders & ebooks at Muncie Public Library Jen Booth
Muncie Public Library Disclaimer: I’m not a librarian Formed electronic resources committee Decided to explore eReaders after attending Handheld Librarian Conference in July 2009 Began circulating three types of eReaders in November 2009
Hardware eReaders Why Kindle 2 Kindle DX Sony Reader Touch Sony Reader Pocket Adding 3-4 Kindle 3s very soon Popular at the time Cost effective Other libraries
Software & Services On our eReaders Online Services Bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles Purchased from Amazon & Sony eBook Store Customers can request electronic titles using a form on our website OverDrive NetLibrary
Getting Things Moving Hard case netbook bag Hard case leather cover Screen protector Power cords Instructions Comment Card Band De-registering
Circulation Policies 2 weeks, just like our new titles Adults only One at a time per customer Renewals are permitted No dropbox $1 a day fine
Downloads & Cords, Oh My! eReaders secured at all times Employees held accountable Assigned employees update eReaders at each location every couple weeks using a hold Prepaid credit cards Software Place holds between circulations to update
Your Hold is Ready Customer picks up item from circulation employee Employee trains customer Employee checks bag for all parts Employee checks that eReader is in working order Band Replacement costs Due date Avoid extreme temperatures Inventory check list Do not alter eReader content
2 weeks later… Customer returns eReader directly to circulation employee Circulation employee checks: eReader is working All items are in the bag eBooks are all there Collects Comment card eReader and bag contents go into a secure location to be charged
Conclusion So that’s how we handle eReaders at Muncie Public Library. It’s worked for us so far. We’re planning to add more eReaders and continue with this model till the technology is outdated or the items stop checking out.