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NH Downloadable Audio Books Consortium


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Audiobooks panel discussion for NHLA conference.

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NH Downloadable Audio Books Consortium

  1. 1. NHLA Conference Mt. Washington 17 May 2007 NH Downloadable Audio Books Consortium
  2. 2. Purpose of This Presentation <ul><li>To provide information about the New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Books Consortium. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Current Consortium Statistics <ul><li>98 participating public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>1436 unique titles in the collection </li></ul><ul><li>1636 copies in the collection </li></ul><ul><li>50 always available titles in the collection </li></ul><ul><li>4680 active users </li></ul><ul><li>23,400 checkouts </li></ul>
  4. 4. First Round <ul><li>The consortium launched on September 5, 2006 with 20 libraries and 815 titles in the collection. </li></ul><ul><li>During the first month, 1196 titles circulated and 822 people used the service. </li></ul><ul><li>500,000 people had access to the service though the initial 20 libraries of the consortium. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Second Round <ul><li>A second round of 13 libraries launched on October 16, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>An additional 130,000 individuals gained access to the service. </li></ul><ul><li>During the month of October, 681 people used the service for the first time. </li></ul><ul><li>1096 titles circulated during the month of October. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Third Round <ul><li>A third round, consisting of 45 libraries, launched in February, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>These 45 libraries serve 185,000 residents. </li></ul><ul><li>27 of the 45 libraries serve a population smaller than 2500 residents. </li></ul><ul><li>The annual consortium fee was significantly reduced for libraries serving a population smaller than 2500. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fourth Round <ul><li>On May 14, 2007, twenty more libraries started providing downloadable audio books to their patrons, extending the service to potentially another 120,000 individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Of these twenty libraries, five serve small populations numbering less than 2500 residents, and twelve serve populations smaller than 5000. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Population Served Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total NH Total Number of Libraries 20 13 45 20 98 230 Population Served 500,000 130,000 185,000 120,000 930,000 1,309,940
  9. 9. General Consortium Success Tips <ul><li>Using available grant money to pay for set-up fees made it possible for smaller libraries to join the consortium. </li></ul><ul><li>Designate an internal project manager to collect information, answer questions, and be a primary contact for the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Start small and work on expanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive word-of-mouth marketing to libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>Use state or federal funding to build the start-up collection. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Success Tips: Buying Audio Books <ul><li>Start a volunteer selection committee to purchase titles. </li></ul><ul><li>The selection committee members should ideally be audio book listeners. </li></ul><ul><li>Rotate the committee members on occasion. </li></ul><ul><li>Only one person (the internal project manager) should have purchasing privileges. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase a year-long subscription of always available titles. </li></ul><ul><li>For a well-rounded start-up collection, allocate money by genre/age, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine a reserve rate for purchasing duplicate copies and adhere to it; plan to buy duplicates and new titles each week. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Success Tips: Librarian Resources <ul><li>Start a blog to help disseminate information. (Encourage the librarians to subscribe to the blog via RSS or provide an email subscription.) </li></ul><ul><li>The blog will also serve as an excellent “knowledge base” of information. </li></ul><ul><li>Start a wiki to which the librarians can contribute their experiences with the players. </li></ul><ul><li>Post the OverDrive-provided promotional materials on a central Website for easy downloading and printing. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage participating librarians to share their own promotional materials with each other. </li></ul>