E-books put pressure between libraries and publishers
E-books have changed the world of publishing in fundamental ways. The business model that encouraged publishers to support the work of public libraries has changed to such an extent that this relationship has been stressed to the point of non cooperation. Listen to Douglas County Libraries' Director Jamie LaRue and Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler discuss these issues with host Lynn Neary on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Douglas County Libraries pursues a different course of action
Several years ago, Douglas County Libraries entered uncharted territory with its strategic initiative to purchase books directly from authors and publishers and circulate them electronically through the library catalog. This system, known as the DCL Model, has been adopted by libraries across the country, as an alternative to the other means of distributing e-books. Hear Library Director Jamie LaRue describe what the library is doing as he talks with Colorado Public Radio's Elaine Grant.
Douglas County Libraries is fortunate to be approached by many local authors who would like to share their work with library patrons through presentations and signing events. DCL is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning, and supports local authors in their efforts.
Douglas County Libraries has joined the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing system. The Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing system is an on-line notification system that is being utilized by multiple agencies within the State of Colorado. Participating agencies post their bids, quotes, proposals, addendums and awards on this one centralized system.