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!