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Who We Are and How We Serve our Patrons

Who We Are and How We Serve our Patrons

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  • MLC Digital Libraries - Who We Are & How We Serve Our Patrons Kathy Petlewski ( [email_address] ) Plymouth District Library Presentation available at: http://slideshare.net/kpetlewski
  • Brief History of the Consortium
    • Summer 2004 – Nine public libraries gathered to form a consortium to purchase OverDrive eBooks & audio eBooks.
    • Each put in $1000 for an initial group purchase.
  • Brief History of the Consortium
    • Summer 2004 ~ Nine public libraries gathered to form a consortium to purchase OverDrive eBooks & audio eBooks.
    • Each put in $1000 for an initial group purchase.
    • Spring 2009 ~ Twenty-six public libraries are consortium members whose patrons access:
      • eBooks (Adobe & MobiPocket formats)
      • Audio eBooks (WMA & MP3 formats)
      • eVideos
      • eMusic ??
  • Our Members – The Original Nine
    • Ann Arbor District Library
    • Capital Area District Library
    • Grosse Pointe Public Library
    • Hastings Public Library
    • Herrick District Library
    • Kalamazoo Public Library
    • Kent District Library
    • Plymouth District Library
    • Spring Lake District Library
  • Our Members – Then came….
    • Albion District Library
    • Brandon Township Public Library
    • Chesterfield Township Public Library
    • Dearborn Public Library
    • Fremont Area District Library
    • Grand Ledge Area Library
    • Howell Carnegie District Library
    • Loutit District Library
    • Macomb County Library
  • Our Members ~ Then came…
    • Orion Township Public Library
    • Portage District Library
    • Royal Oak Public Library
    • Salem-South Lyon District Library
    • Sterling Heights Public Library
    • Troy Public Library
    • Warren Public Library
    • Willard Public Library
    • Composed of Class 6, Class 5 & Class 4 Libraries
  • Services To Our Patrons
    • eBooks –
      • Adobe PDF for computers or portable devices such as PDA’s.
      • MobiPocket Reader for pc’s, tablet pc’s, laptops, and PDA’s.
      • EPUB format coming soon – available for all of the above PLUS Sony Reader PRS-700 and PRS-505. (Offers reflowable text and interactive graphics.)
  • Services To Our Patrons
    • Audio eBooks –
      • WMA (Windows Media Audio) Audiobooks for pc’s and compatible MP3 players & smart phones.
        • Some may be burned to CDs.
        • Single copy books as well as “always available” titles.
      • MP3 Audiobooks for pc’s, Mac’s, MP3 players including iPods & smart phones including iPhones.
        • Single copy books only.
  • Services To Our Patrons ~
    • eVideos –
      • Over 300 PBS television titles.
      • Always available.
      • May be downloaded to a pc, tablet pc, laptop, or WMV compatible portable device.
  • How Does It Work?
    • Users download free software at web site.
    • Patrons use their library cards to check out or reserve materials.
    • Maximum of 10 titles may be checked out at any 1 time.
    • eVideos go out for 7 days. All others are 14 day loan.
    • Automatically “returned” after due date. Delete file manually.
  • Fast Stats
    • As of July 2008:
      • 3802 Titles purchased for collection
        • Adobe Reader – 1430, Mobipocket: 337, WMA audiobooks: 2035 (309 MP3 audiobooks now purchased)
      • 5255 Copies purchased for collection
      • 50 titles of “always available” WMA audiobooks (subscription)
      • 313 “always available” PBS eVideos (subscription)
  • MLC Digital Libraries’ Site
    • Digital Catalog & Download Center
    • Example: American Lion
  • Other Participating Michigan Consortiums
    • Download Destination – TLN Libraries
    • Media Download Center – Suburban Library Cooperative
    • Great Lakes Digital Libraries (includes Superiorland Library Cooperative and 14 other public/school libraries