20 October 2010

ALA releases E-books Map

This morning, the American Library Association released this interesting map, looking at the coverage of access to e-books through libraries in the US:

I was actually surprised to see that 22% of Vermont libraries who responded reported having access for patrons to e-books; this still places us in third-to-last in the country for coverage, with only New Mexico and Iowa behind, and well below the nearly 66% average nationwide.

As this format continues to be talked about in the media, patron demand for access and patron questions about the format will only grow. E-books are in the process of being added to our OverDrive collection at http://www.listenupvermont.org, with hundreds of titles already on order and the format part of our collection development plan for 2011. The fee listed on your 2011 Membership Agreement includes access to not only our downloadable audio collection for your library's patrons, but also our e-book collection, a very important piece of information for your Director or membership contact to keep in mind.

The map, including links to the data, is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/research/initiatives/plftas/2009_2010/ebooksmap0910.cfm.

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