Ereaders & e books in libraries august 2011 update


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Ereaders & e books in libraries august 2011 update

  1. 1. Ereaders & ebooks at Muncie Public Library<br />Jen Booth<br />
  2. 2. Muncie Public Library<br />Disclaimer: I’m not a librarian<br />Formed electronic resources committee<br />Decided to explore eReaders after attending Handheld Librarian Conference in July 2009<br />Began circulating eReaders in November 2009<br />
  3. 3. Funding<br />Electronic Resources Budget<br />OverDrive titles<br />Subscription databases<br />eReaders<br />Donations<br />
  4. 4. Hardware<br />eReaders<br />Why<br />Kindle 2<br />Kindle DX<br />Sony Reader Touch<br />Sony Reader Pocket<br />Kindle 3s<br />Nooks (B&W)<br />OverDrive compatibility<br />Popular at the time<br />Cost effective<br />Other libraries circulating them<br />
  5. 5. Devices<br />Started with 2 Kindles, 2 Sony Readers in Fall 2009<br />Started circulating 4 Kindle 3s in Winter 2010<br />Started circulating 4 Nooks in March 2011<br />
  6. 6. Software & Services<br />On our eReaders<br />Online Services<br />OverDrive<br />We previously tried: <br />Bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles <br />Purchased from Amazon & Sony eBook Store<br />Customers can request electronic titles using a form on our website<br />OverDrive<br />NetLibrary?<br />Tumblebooks?<br />3M?<br />Amazon?<br />DRM Free eBooks<br />
  7. 7. Getting Things Moving<br />Hard case netbook bag<br />Hard case leather cover<br />Screen protector<br />Power cords<br />Instructions<br />Comment Card<br />Band<br />De-registering when necessary<br />
  8. 8. Circulation Policies<br />2 weeks, just like our new titles<br />Adults only<br />One at a time per customer<br />Renewals are permitted<br />No dropbox<br />$1 a day fine<br />
  9. 9. Downloads & Cords, Oh My!<br />eReaders secured at all times<br />Employees held accountable<br />Used to<br />Had assigned employees manage eReaders at each location every couple weeks using a hold<br />Prepaid credit cards to purchase items<br />Place holds between circulations to update titles<br />Nooks are reset to factory defaults when returned<br />
  10. 10. Your Hold is Ready<br />Customer picks up item from circulation employee<br />Employee trains customer<br />Employee checks bag for all parts<br />Employee checks that eReader is in working order and that it was reset to factory defaults<br />Band<br />Replacement costs<br />Due date<br />Avoid extreme temperatures<br />Inventory check list<br />
  11. 11. 2 weeks later…<br />Customer returns eReader directly to circulation employee<br />Circulation employee checks:<br />eReader is working<br /> All items are in the bag<br />eBooks are all there (or resets device)<br />Collects Comment card<br />eReader and bag contents go into a secure location to be charged<br />
  12. 12. Training/Staff Preparation<br />OverDrive training classes for all frontline employees<br />Procedures for Circulating & Fines set into place<br />Training on using eReaders and how to reset them<br />Download stations at all locations<br />
  13. 13. Conclusion<br />So that’s how we handle eReaders at Muncie Public Library. We’ve changed our procedures and policies quite a bit in the past 2 years. We’re planning to continue with our current model till the technology is outdated or the items stop checking out. And we are always keeping our eyes open for new products, services and eReaders that could improve this process. <br />
  14. 14. Q&A<br />