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Introducing the NC Kids Digital Library!

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Have you heard about the new collection of digital books for kids available for FREE in all the counties of NC? Did you know that it was made possible through a partnership between the NC Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA), the NC General Assembly (NCGA), with assistance from the State Library and supported by an IMLS federal LSTA grant?

If you would like to know more about this exciting new digital collection, please register for the webinar coming up on Thurs., April 27th at 2pm. Ruth Ann Copley, Director of the Davidson County Public Libraries and one of the driving forces behind this effort, will be providing an overview of how the collection came about, its logistics and how to access it, as well as plans for the collection over time.

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Introducing the NC Kids Digital Library!

  1. 1. Introducing NC Kids Digital Library
  2. 2. Agenda • What is NC Kids • History • How it happened • Logistics • How to use it • Future
  3. 3. First Consortium in the nation to include all public libraries in the state. • A first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina has created a new digital resource sharing service for kids’ pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital Library.
  4. 4. NCPLDA and Lobbyist works with NC General Assembly on behalf of Public Libraries
  5. 5. Legislative Budget Cycle: 2015-17 • In long legislative session of the budget, NCPLDA lobbied and got a one million dollar increase in State Aid to Public Libraries and got rid of a 2% overall cut in State Aid. • In the same session the Legislature changed the Appropriations Committee that handled the budget when the Department of Cultural Resources was combined with Natural Resources. • In the short session in 2016 this meant we had no established relationships with the new committee • Question arose whether to use this short session as relationship building and not to make any “Big Ask.”
  6. 6. To Ask or not to Ask: that is the question • Lobbyist, legislative contacts and most members of NCPLDA Legislative Committee thought we should step back and not ask for anything until we had connected with our new Appropriations committees.
  7. 7. But what about the 3rd grade reading initiative? NCPLDA has long had an interest in 3rd grade reading proficiency and many public libraries have established partnerships with local schools to help promote it.
  8. 8. NCPLDA General Membership Meeting Friday, March 18, 2016 New Hanover Public Library Wilmington, NC • Jennifer Sackett-proposed children’s e-book consortium for the ask from the legislature • Lobbyist suggested go for non-recurring funds of $200,000-250,000, but not encouraging
  9. 9. Meeting at 2016 PLA in Denver, April 7th
  10. 10. Let’s go for it! Jennifer Sackett Ruth Ann Copley Rayne Brown Pat McElraft
  11. 11. Budget Form Request from State Library and DNCR Sackett and Copley filled out request on 5/7/2016
  12. 12. Progression through the General Assembly • 5/12/2016 – House Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources get $250,000 into budget: • 5/19/2016 – Budget passes the House and is sent to the Senate
  13. 13. Progress into law • 5/23/2016 Received by Senate for consideration and sent to Senate Appropriation Committee • 06/03/2016 –Senate and Appropriations Committee reduce the amount to $200,000 • 06/06/2016 –Senate sends their version of the budget back to the House • 06/08/2016 – House refuses to accept Senate modification and Joint House and Senate Conference set up for revision • 06/29/2016 – Senate accepts Joint Conference’s revision • 07/01/2016 –House accepts Final Budget • 07/15/2016 – Budget signed into law by the Governor
  14. 14. August 26, 2016, MOA with State Library and NCPLDA written and sent to President of NCPLDA on August 31st.
  15. 15. Moving Forward Slowly • MOA lost in mail • Hand delivered 2nd copy to State Library on 9/15/2016 • Countersigned by 9/26/2016 • 9/26/16 OverDrive requested information to develop order form, 9/26/16 • 9/27/16 Signed order form from NCPLDA returned to OverDrive and Tom Scott via email • Consulted with NC LIVE about hosting and E-Z proxy as a means of authenticating all public libraries for NC Kids Digital Library  • 10/11/16 NCPLDA Treasurer Jane McAllister sends invoice to libraries for $100 platform fee each and optional donation due by 11/15/16. • 10/11/16 Treasurer invoices State Library of $200,000 for content
  16. 16. 9/27/16 Signed order form returned to OverDrive and Tom Scott via email
  17. 17. 10/7/16 OverDrive Invoice for $208,000
  18. 18. 10/11/16 NCPLDA Treasurer Jane McAllister sends invoice to libraries for $100 platform fee each and optional donation due by 11/15/16.
  19. 19. 11/16/2016 • Began ordering material for the NC Kids Digital Library • Picture Books, Beginning Readers, and Simultaneous Use • Assistance from OverDrive in Collection Development
  20. 20. Graphic Design from State Library 11/16
  21. 21. NCPLDA Awards Rep. McElraft at December Annual Meeting
  22. 22. Unveiling of website to NCPLDA membership 12/2/16 • https://nckids.overdrive.com/preview • Brought to you by NCPLDA, NCGA, and the State Library
  23. 23. 1430 titles at the unveiling
  24. 24. Meeting with State Library Staff in December 2016 • State Library wished to assist in this statewide project • Discussion results in an agreement that Jeffrey Hamilton will write up an LSTA grant proposal for $100,000 to purchase non-metered permanently owned content for NC Kids Digital Library • Grant to be awarded to NCPLDA in February 2017 and must be spent by June 30th • Paperwork takes longer than expected and it is mid-March before all signatures from NCPLDA and State Library are completed
  25. 25. Monthly Unlimited Circulation on Select Titles
  26. 26. January 2017 – OverDrive offered 3 training sessions for public library staff across the state
  27. 27. Soft Launch at the end of January 2017 at ALA -Atlanta
  28. 28. Steve Potash from OverDrive
  29. 29. Official Launch of NC Kids Digital Library FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE North Carolina Launches new eBook Sharing Service Specifically for Children New library consortium enables sharing of Children’s eBooks, audiobooks and video across the state RALEIGH — February 1, 2017 — A first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children has launched in the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina has created a new digital resource sharing service for kids’ pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital Library. Over 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, videos and Read- Alongs are now available to younger readers via 85 regional, county and municipal libraries in North Carolina through OverDrive’s digital reading platform. These materials are instantly available for every child, at home and everywhere.
  30. 30. Seven Library Systems not Ready at Go-Live • Two were joining e-iNC Consortium at the same time • One was switching to NC Cardinal at about the same time • One wanted to wait until more simultaneous use titles available before completing the connection • One system needed to establish direct access to replace indirect access through another OverDrive service • One system had authentication and firewall issues • As of today one regional library system is still dealing with connection problems
  31. 31. Legislators Tweet about NC Kids on February 1st
  32. 32. Promoted on Existing NC OverDrive Websites
  33. 33. Getting the Word Out • Promoted in over 50 articles in newspapers across the state thus far • Promoted on social media with at least 1000 shares • At least 3 television stations (Fox 8 & WXII first) have covered it in the Piedmont: • Randolph County Public Library was featured on News 14: http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/top- videos/2017/02/14/digital-library-for-kids-launches-across- state-.html
  34. 34. National Library Week - First Lady Kristin Cooper Shared NC Kids Digital Library
  35. 35. ncplda.org/NCKidsMarketing.html
  36. 36. Current Stats
  37. 37. How to Use NC Kids Digital Library
  38. 38. Sign In
  39. 39. Choose Your Public Library System
  40. 40. Type in your library card number or student ID (some Libraries may require a password or PIN)
  41. 41. Automatically Taken Back to the Home Page and Account Dropdown
  42. 42. Read Alongs - Titles with Narration
  43. 43. Facets on Left side open to show more information
  44. 44. Start Narration
  45. 45. Menu at the top of the screen offer multiple options: including chapters, text enlargement, overview.
  46. 46. Choose your loan period
  47. 47. Loans
  48. 48. Never-ending Reading!
  49. 49. Never –ending Reads in Multiple formats
  50. 50. Classic Children’s Audiobooks among Simultaneous Use Titles
  51. 51. Subjects
  52. 52. Collections by Formats
  53. 53. OverDrive Apps and Devices
  54. 54. My Contact information

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