Is Your Library Ready for an eReader Lending Program

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					Is Your Library Ready for an eReader Lending Program?
Test your eReader readiness!

1. Are you already offering eBooks through Overdrive or another source?
      a. No
      b. They’re on our website but we aren’t comfortable using them ourselves
      c. Yes, some of our staff and several patrons are downloading ebooks from us

2. Is your Staff Tech-savvy and enthusiastic?
       a. We all feel like Luddites 
       b. We have one gal who’s pretty savvy…
       c. We’re a lively group willing to try anything once!

3. Is your community interested?
       a. Our patrons aren’t interested in expensive new formats
       b. We’ve had one or two questions about eReaders
       c. Our patrons are asking for eReaders by brand name!

4. Can you spare a PC or Laptop to create a download station?
      a. Not right now
      b. With a grant, maybe
      c. Yes

5. Do you have the funds to purchase approximately 5 eReaders?
      a. Unfortunately we don’t have the budget this year
      b. With a grant, maybe
      c. Yes, we could find $1,000 dollars or so

If you scored mostly:

A’s: Why not start by purchasing at least one eReader for your library so that staff can
play with it and learn, and patrons can try it in the library.

B’s: Encourage your staff to start familiarizing themselves with eBooks and eReaders
in general. Purchase several different devices and encourage your staff to use and
borrow them. Identify the person on staff most likely to become an expert user (or at
least a point person), and have them offer information sessions to staff and patrons.

C’s: It’s time to take the plunge and implement an eReader lending pilot project!
Once you decide on budget, choose which eReader(s) you are going to lend. Factors
that will inform this decision include price, and whether you prefer to purchase and
pre-load titles onto them, rely on the selection of copyright-free classics that come
loaded onto the device, or let patrons download their own content from Overdrive or
free ebook sites on the web. You’re ready for it!
eReader Lending Program Checklist
      □ Define your goal; get your Library Board interested
      □ Define the scope of your project, including budget considerations
      □ Choose which type of eReader(s) you are going to purchase
      □ Decide how many eReaders you can afford to purchase & handle
      □ Make choices around content
         o Patrons allowed to download Overdrive books or other free ebooks?
         o Purchase titles and pre-load them onto device?
         o Will each device have the same content or will it differ?
      □ Work with your IT Dept. (if you have one) regarding putting ebook software
      on staff and/or public computers
      □ Consider dedicating a computer for downloading ebook content

      □ Decide what will go into the catalogue records

      □ Consider security features
      □ Remember to buy covers
      □ How to handle cords and adapters
      □ Create a brief user survey to include
      □ Decide which manuals to include
      □ Decide on extras such as Library-produced cheat sheets

       □ Where to pick up
       □ Where to return
       □ Who will be responsible for checking over and re-charging
       □ Determine loan period, policy for renewals and holds
       □ Determine replacement costs in case of loss or damage
       □ Decide whether special agreements or deposits are necessary

      □ Staff
      □ Patrons

Publicity and Communication
      □ Library Board
      □ Press Releases
      □ Website
Device Comparison
Amazon Kindle
       Pros: Light-weight, durable, great for travelling
             8 sizes of text, E-Ink, easy on the eyes
             Text to speech is available for some titles
             Comes with an internal dictionary & highlighting
             No downloading of software required
             One account can be linked to 6 devices

       Cons: Titles can only be purchased from
             Cannot be used to download Library eBooks such as Overdrive (yet)

Kobo Reader
       Pros: Relatively inexpensive
             Light-weight; 5 font sizes
             E-Ink, easy on the eyes
             Compatible with library eBooks such as Overdrive
             Comes pre-loaded with 100 classics
             Wireless downloading for purchasing Kobo eBooks
             New touch model released in June

       Cons: Limited features & software, not as robust as others
             Kobo has indicated they do not want Libraries lending their devices with
             anything other than the free classics that come with the devices

Sony Reader
       Pros: Touch Screen
             Internal Dictionary
             Ability to make notes & highlights
             Light-weight; 6 text sizes
             E-Ink is easy on the eyes
             Compatible with library eBooks such as Overdrive

       Cons: More expensive than Kindles and Kobos at the moment

       Pros: Multi-purpose
             Large screen size with adjustable brightness
             Overdrive App makes downloading library ebooks easy
             Apps for most eBook stores are also available

       Cons: Expensive!
             Backlit LCD Screen
Resource List
   o State Librarians’ Report Suggests ways to Advance eBook Services:
   o Kindles, iPads, and Other eBook Readers Available for Loan from Public and
       Academic Libraries:
   o One in Ten Americans Use an eReader; One in Ten Likely To Get One in
       Next Six Months:
   o 20 Best Websites To Download Free EBooks:
   o Kindle, Nook, and the iPad: What Everyone Should Know about eReaders
       and eBooks:
   o eBook Checkouts at Libraries Up 200 Percent in 2010:
   o Library e-book lending works for all, DBW told:
   o COSLA: eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries:

Libraries Lending eReaders Wiki:
West Vancouver Memorial Library eBook Wiki:

Sites to Follow:
Good eReader Blog:
Uncovering eBooks:

WVML Pilot Project Outline:

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