Exciting eBook Pilot Program for Gordon Library


Fri, Dec 20, 2013

In and Around the Library


The Massachusetts Library System, with support from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, recently launched a state-wide eBook pilot program that will provide access to thousands of eBooks to all types of libraries across the state.  The eBooks are provided by three vendors, Baker and Taylor, a well-established trade and academic vendor, Biblioboard, a relatively new company with cutting edge initiatives, and EBL, a well known academic eBook vendor.

There are 51 libraries participating in the pilot program including public, academic, school and special libraries.  The goal is to provide cooperating libraries with access to eBooks via mobile devices as well as through tablets, laptops and desktop computers.  Through hard work and collaboration between the MA Library System and the vendors involved, the state is well on its way to implementing a program that will provide seamless access to the eBooks in this vast collection for Massachusetts residents.

Members of the Gordon Library staff have participated and will continue to participate as committee members in the resource selection and implementation of the pilot project.  We are working on providing access to the collection through the Gordon Library website.  This is an exciting project, particularly because it is one of the first programs of its type, involving strong collaboration, not only between the different types of libraries, but with the eBook vendors as well.  We will provide much more information as the implementation progresses, so stay tuned for more!

This post was written by:

Jacquelyn Mushinsky

- who has written 19 posts on Gordon Library.

Jackie orders print material for the library that is requested by academic departments and library staff. She processes invoices and catalogs new library material. She also maintains accuracy and currency of holdings information in the library catalog, updating bibliographic information when necessary. She assists in library promotional and instructional efforts by creating films, posters and flyers.

2 Responses to “Exciting eBook Pilot Program for Gordon Library”

  1. Micha Hofri Says:

    Hi Jackie,

    How does this effort clash or complement with the other frameworks that let us have even now access to many ebooks?
    The companies mentioned above, Baker & Taylor, are we using them now?

    Hope your vacation was good, and wishing you Happy New Year, –Micha

    • Jacquelyn Mushinsky
      Jacquelyn Mushinsky Says:

      That is a very good question, Micha. Most of the eBooks that we purchase are part of large collections because that is the most cost efficient and sometimes the only option for purchasing eBooks for libraries. This resource will run parallel to our other eBook collections, and hopefully will complement them well.

      The MA eBook pilot project is state funded so it is of no cost to us at this time. If the pilot is successful (and this will depend on input from all types of libraries involved in the project), there may be fees if a permanent program is implemented. There is much assessment going on during the pilot which is scheduled to last for 6 months, so we hope to determine whether or not the resources will be valuable for our collection.

      The state pilot project has been addressing many issues through ongoing collaboration between the vendors and libraries and the vendors have made significant strides in working toward seamless access of eBooks via mobile devices. Biblioboard has a self- publishing module that it is introducing to libraries during the pilot project to determine if the product is something that would be beneficial as a library tool.

      Thank you again for your question and please let me know if you would like additional information.