Programming Library Services to encourage Ebooks can undermine the effectiveness of our past ways to doing things. However, familiar technologies are sometimes combined with others or used in new ways for maximum impact, and the eBook is dramatic example. The Library web presence combined with eBooks are a powerful platform to persons who have been unable to take advantage to them in the past.
Take, for example, the work of Kelvin Watson at the Broward County Library. He understood early on the need to promote ebooks as a library service. With printed books and magazines tucked away in closed libraries and plans to fund improvements on hold, he made the public library’s digital collection a priority. This strategy helped Broward County offer access to the world’s virtual bookshelf, escaping old ideas in a time of need.
In “Addressing eContent Issues in Times of Crisis“, Broward County Library launched a full-scale, seven-day-a-week marketing campaign to promote the use of electronic sources. It has led to a dramatic uptick in usage. The results included a 63 percent increase in usage of Hoopla (which also includes streaming video content) from mid-February (9,772) to mid-March 2020 (15,934), with new users increasing 253 percent from February to March. Additionally, Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks checkouts increased 22 percent from March 2019 to March 2020.
Digital library services are a very important component of community support, and ebook collection development is a key to this process. Many individuals do not take advantage of their library ebooks because they do not have (or do not believe they have) the access. Develop a master plan and start doing the programming to improve access.
Here is a sample list of eBook Publishers. You may start your research by learning about these companies and their services.
- EBSCO eBooks
- ProQuest Ebook Central
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
- Oxford Reference
- Safari Books Online
- IGI Global
- Springer Link
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