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Monique Sendze, Director of Information Technology, Douglas County Libraries
Amanda Jacobs Foust, enki Collection Development Coordinator, Califa Library Group
Michele Farrell, Senior Library Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
In Colorado and California, libraries are charting new paths for ebook hosting and lending. This session explores how two distinct open source systems emerged from common roots and evolved in different ways. DCL developed the DCL eBook Model to serve a single ILS and is now expanding the model using a hybrid of both commercial and open source systems with the eVoke Colorado statewide ebook lending project. Throughout its journey, DCL has documented and made freely available its “How to Do It” materials to help others break through restrictions traditionally imposed on library eBooks. The Califa Library Group, with partner Contra Costa County Library, were inspired by the DCL model to develop the enki library, a statewide consortium-owned ebook platform, which currently serves more than 80 library jurisdictions in California. These alternative ebook systems benefit from ongoing negotiations with publishers, which enable libraries to manage collections directly rather than license content through an aggregator. Both projects received IMLS funding and will speak to IMLS’ strategic priority of a national digital platform. By working together to avoid recreating the wheel, these institutions offer smart lessons that the library community as a whole can benefit from. Hear about their successes, challenges, and next steps as they continue to pave the way for others.