Libraries WhiteSpace Pilot Goes Global

February 20, 2014 – Today the Gigabit Libraries Netowrk (GLN) announced the international expansion of its Libraries WhiteSpace Pilot. New pilot projects will be deployed over the next few months… Press Release Going Global release Final Final PDF


New eBook Website Provides a Kid-Friendly Digital Library Experience

Introduce your kids to Delaware Libraries’ Kid’s Collection of digital titles

Kids eReading Room GraphicDelaware Libraries have expanded their services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The “Kids eReading Room” filters the overall digital collection to only show Children’s content, which gets kids to the books they want faster. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level, or interest level. The Kids Collection features popular series such as Big Nate, Fancy Nancy, Harry Potter and more. It also includes non-fiction subjects such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), history, and art.

This appealing and user-friendly site contains eBooks and audiobooks. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, so there is no need to worry about late fees. This service is available and free to anyone with a Delaware public library card.

Delaware’s libraries recognize the need to provide a friendly environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own collection, the same experience is now available for the digital collection.

The main digital collection is located at http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com. From there, users can click on the For Kids Reading Room icon to go to the kids’ site. Or, they can go there directly at http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com/kids.

 

Media Contact: Beth-Ann Ryan, Delaware Division of Libraries
(302) 257-3002 | beth-ann.ryan@delaware.gov


Delaware Libraries Help Patrons Make the Most of Their Digital Devices This Holiday Season

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During the holiday season, many Delawareans will be receiving or giving new eBook readers, tablets, and smartphones—and Delaware Libraries have the collections and resources to make sure library patrons can make the most of their digital devices.

Users can download free eBooks and eAudiobooks from Delaware Libraries by browsing the collection at http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com and using a valid library card. Borrowed titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

“Delaware libraries offer an unbeatable value: free checkout of eBooks and eAudiobooks through the statewide online library catalog,” said State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman.  “And there are never any late fees!”

Delaware Libraries’ digital book collection has been available for almost two years, and it has been growing steadily in that time:  There are now over 10,000 titles in the digital book collection.  This collection is very popular with library users.  November 2013 continued the trend of record-setting borrowing levels.  On average, Delawareans download 600 eBooks and eAudiobooks daily from the digital collection.

Starting this year, Delaware Libraries are making it easy for users to search beyond the state’s digital collection and provide title recommendations to add to the collection.  Readers now have the option to discover and sample excerpts from hundreds of thousands of “Additional Titles” that are not part of the current collection. Via “Recommend to Library” links, users can also suggest titles they’d like to see added to the catalog, giving the library a new method of patron-driven acquisition.

The Delaware Libraries digital collection is free for patrons with their library card. To get started enjoying eBooks and eAudiobooks visit http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com.

About Delaware Libraries—  All 32 county, municipal, and independent public libraries throughout Delaware collaborate to offer free 24/7 access to the online catalog (delawarelibraries.org) and Ask a Librarian Delaware; free access to Wi-Fi and computers/internet with the fastest broadband speed in the nation; free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, jobs databases, homework resources, audio content, and DVDs; free informal training for patrons, community partnerships, and much more to support Delawareans in their lifelong learning interests.

Contact: Beth-Ann Ryan at (302) 257-3002 or beth-ann.ryan@delaware.gov, Delaware Division of Libraries, Deputy Director


Libraries Offering Opportunities to Get Information on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace

Dover, Del.- Delaware libraries throughout the state are offering information sessions and one-on-one enrollment assistance on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace. These presentations have been available for the public since the beginning of November.

Certified Marketplace Guides will give presentations at the libraries for Delaware residents interested in enrolling in low-cost health insurance made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

Four community organizations, Brandywine Women’s Health Associates, Christiana Care, Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. and Westside Family Healthcare are under contract to provide one-on-one guidance through certified Marketplace Guides to residents about the new marketplace, which will help give the 90,000 uninsured Delawareans greater access to affordable health care.

There are more than 70 guides throughout Delaware who have been undergoing rigorous state and federal training, a proctored exam, and state and federal background checks to be certified to handle sensitive personal information.

Enrollment in the marketplace opened October 1, 2013, and runs through March 31, 2014.  Insurance coverage begins as early as January 1, 2014, for those who enroll by Dec. 15, 2013.

For more information on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com. For information on the Affordable Care Act, as well as dates, times, and locations of sessions, may be found on the Delaware Libraries ACA guide at http://guides.lib.de.us/ACA

For more information on Delaware Libraries go to www.delawarelibraries.org.

Contact: Beth-Ann Ryan at (302) 257-3002 or beth-ann.ryan@delaware.gov, Delaware Division of Libraries, Deputy Director.

 


Delaware Libraries to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour, Share the eBook Download Experience

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Dover, Del. – The Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase Delaware’s free eBook download service statewide with three events next week.

The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot community outreach vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore Delaware Libraries download service. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video.

Thanks to the support of Governor Jack Markell and Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock, Delaware libraries now have a statewide infrastructure that enables implementation of eBooks technology, as they evolve.

“Libraries are supporting a culture of innovation in Delaware – and here’s a chance for everyone to experiment with the latest in eBook and tablet technologies,” said State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman.

The Digital Bookmobile National Tour will be visiting New Castle, Kent and Sussex County on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 25; Appoquinimink Public Library from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26; Dover Public Library from noon – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 27; Georgetown Public Library from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 28; Georgetown Public Library from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

At these free events, readers of all ages will learn how to download eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. A gadget gallery—featuring Kindle®, iPod® touch, Android™ tablet, NOOK™, Sony® Reader™, BlackBerry®, Windows® Phone, and more—will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s download service.

In August 2013, eBook circulation in Delaware increased by 46 percent over August 2012, while eAudiobook circulation was up by 141 percent compared with August 2012 circulation. Total downloads in August set a new record of 18,464 for the month. Also, during the 2013 Labor Day holiday, when all public libraries are closed, Delaware libraries experienced the largest number of eBook/eAudiobook checkouts ever in a single day.  Over 700 people downloaded eBooks that day.

The download service is available for library cardholders who can check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting www.delawarelibraries.org. From this website, cardholders can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. Once downloaded, digital titles can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to supported mobile devices. Many audio titles can also be burned to audio CD. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never late fees or damaged items.

The Digital Bookmobile is a service of the Delaware Libraries Consortium and is operated by OverDrive, Inc. To check out and download digital books and more, visit http://delawarelibraries.org.

Contact: Beth-Ann Ryan at (302) 257-3002 or beth-ann.ryan@delaware.gov, Delaware Division of Libraries, Deputy Director.