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Trailblazers: Moving the Library Upstream in the Digital Distribution Process
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Publishing industry; Communications & information management
Author: Polanka, Sue
Date: Jul/Aug 2012
Start Page: 54
Pages: 4
Section: ebook buzz
Abstract (Document Summary)

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is located 20 miles southwest of Denver. It has seven branches, more than 300 employees, and a $21 million budget. In 2011, it circulated 8.25 million items. While 20% of the patrons prefer ebooks, they represent only 2% of the library's holdings and circulation. Like many public libraries, DCL began to acquire ebooks with OverDrive, Inc and now offers approximately 7,000 items in this collection. DCL is an early adopter of the 3M Cloud Library service as well, but it is not yet online. Through its trailblazing efforts, it now owns the ebook files and hosts another 7,000 titles on its Adobe Content Server. These 7,000 titles have been acquired directly from publisher contacts, with a discount. Like many libraries today, Douglas County Libraries found itself in a difficult situation when purchasing ebooks. DCL plans to continue development of Its locally hosted ebook program, securing additional publisher content as it becomes available.

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