Our eBook Project has been in the news a lot lately, and we're thrilled that so many people want to
know more about what we're doing. Here's an update on our project (as of September 24, 2012):
Califa eBook Project:
A Platform Created by Libraries to Serve Libraries
One note: I do update our blog more than this page. So if you want the latest, go to the blog and search for entries labeled "ebook Journey".
Where We Are Now:
- We purchased the Adobe Content Server Software.
- After a long search, we decided on hosting.com to host.
- We are partnering with one of our member libraries, Contra Costa County Library, to create
the platform. CCCL has a technical staff that has the expertise and vision to create an amazing service, and we're thrilled
to be working with them.
- We are working with the Quipu Group to create the VuFind+ front end.
- We are working with a mobile app company to build apps that will enable users on smartphones and
tablets to browse, search for, and check out materials on the go.
- We are negotiating directly with publishers for the right to purchase their content.
- We have already ordered from Workman, Dzanc and Bancforft.
- We started a Collection Development Committee to start going through the publishers and handle purchasing.
- Approximately 50 publishers have shown interest in our project - mostly independents, though that's what we're going after for now.
Independent publishers care about getting their books read. We care about having books available to read. It's a good match.
- We're interested in piloting any types of other models besides the one-checkout-at-a-time model. Any publishers who want to try something inventive, perhaps
usage-based, just let us know. We're open to anything. Well, most anything.
Where we're going:
- CCCL will begin piloting in the Fall of 2012. We will show their demo at CLA in November 2012.
- Next to be set up will be some of the BALIS libraries on different ILS systems. Balis put seed money into the project.
- The State Library of Kansas also signed up and will be set up after the BALIS libraries; towards the end of the year.
- We will have a shared collection available for libraries to join in Springime 2013.
- We will have an Acquisitions Catalog built so that libraries can purchase their own local content, as well as
participate in a shared collection. We are aiming to have that catalog available by year 2.
- We will work with self-publishing platforms and leaders in the self-publishing industry to allow
libraries to support authors, and support the creation of content.
The Califa project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services
under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian