I offered Sue some more practical advice (after all, it's hard to create a feel good story from numbers):
- This Round, Round Three, is the last open round of sign ups. Following Rounds will have an additional administrative fee.
- I've heard nothing but positive comments from participants -- and I know from my own experience that I am serving patrons I didn't see in the library, and that I am providing them with a service that they can access anytime (and often do -- you can look at the times titles are downloaded).
- This type of service is not even the future of public library service: it is the present. It is what patrons want now -- convenience, accessibility, simplicity.
- It is extremely cost-effective. A library looking to enter into a contract with OverDrive alone is looking at a minimum investment of tens of thousands of dollars. Your annual fee gives you access to a collection and service worth nearly $50,000 -- and worth much more in January, with the new round of signups, when we can purchase many more additional titles. Stowe paid $2000 into the GMLC last year (through a combination of materials budget and grant), and even with the collection at 500 titles, it is as though I increased my audio book collection for only $4 a title. You can't do that anywhere else.
- Imagine an audio collection that takes up no shelf space... requires no repairs... can work with any type of audio player... is available anytime. Pretty nice!