Friday, August 26, 2011

Librarians Helping Librarians: eReader Program Help

One of the awesome-sauce things about blogging is that you "meet" a variety of people.  And even with my total lack of blogging about "library stuff" - yes there are even other librarians who read this blog.  Shock of all shocks.  Macaire is one of those librarians, and she's looking for some advice.  Her library is looking into starting an eReader lending program for their patrons, and would love some insight from other libraries who already have a program like this in place.

Hey, we librarians are firm believers in not reinventing the wheel.

So if you work for a library who has a program like this, or helped implement a program like this - Macaire would certainly appreciate your insights.  See her direct plea below:
I am an Adult Services Librarian in a small public library. We would like to begin loaning pre-loaded e-readers to our patrons, and are attempting to put together a proposal for purchase and all policies related to lending. I have been charged with gathering information from other libraries that already have an e-reader lending program in place. I would love to hear from librarians who would be willing either to take the time to answer a few questions via email or to chat with one of our staff members by phone. If you would like to help us out, please just send me an email with your contact information and preferred method of contact.

5 comments:

AlohaJan said...

Wendy, I'm pretty sure Newport Beach Public Library (CA) was doing this not too long ago. Sorry, I no longer have any contacts there...

Barbs said...

our library system is giving workshops on the use of an ereader. I did see they got a grant and bough 100 Nooks and will be loaning the ereader out in the future.

Barbs said...

bought!

Kate said...

I *think* the Multnomah County Library system (Portland, OR) might have a programme like this, but I'm sorry I have no contacts there. Good luck!

Kim in Hawaii said...

Aloha! I volunteeer with the Friends of the Library, supporting the base library on Pearl Harbor. The librarian would like to purchase ereaders and ebooks; she asked me for guidnace. Yet I don't have an ereader! We'll work on this together as we try to be techno savvy in meeting readers' requests!