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MLC Digital Libraries

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

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