Ereaders & ebooks in libraries at Muncie Public Library

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How we circulate eReaders at our Library

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  • 1. Ereaders & ebooks at Muncie Public Library
    Jen Booth
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Funding
    Electronic Resources Budget
    OverDrive titles
    Subscription databases
    eReaders
    Donation
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Getting Things Moving
    Hard case netbook bag
    Hard case leather cover
    Screen protector
    Power cords
    Instructions
    Comment Card
    Band
    De-registering
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. Q&A