I just want to remind everyone that the annual town meeting is May 7 at 7 and the election is May 8 from 8 to 8. I'm sure you've heard, read, and listened to enough about that to last a lifetime. But it would be remiss for me not to remind you once more, in what will be the last Douglas Way email depending on how the vote goes. In any case, scroll down to see the exciting things happening at the Library!
I also want to take a minute to share some awesome news about ebooks. Currently, the ebook inventory available on Overdrive comes mostly from purchases made by CWMARS, augmented by a few high demand titles I pay for out of our circulating budget. Starting on July 1, though, the amount of titles and copies available to you in overdrive is going to skyrocket!
Why, you ask? A few years back, the Massachusetts Library System began the Commonwealth Ebook Collection initiative and started pumping state money into Axis 360, Biblioboard, and Ebook Central as a way to make shared e-content available state-wide. CWMARS, along with all the other automated library networks, are heavily invested in Overdrive, though. Rather than providing a second, third, and fourth platform for e-content, we library directors have been pushing the MLS to find a way to make their e-content available in Overdrive. Nobody wants to have to look two places for the same thing. Well, life finds a way...and so did the MLS. On July 1, the transition of digital assets will take place and future ebook spending by the MLS will be in the Overdrive platform.
So expect access to more titles and shorter waitlists starting in July if we're still here! If you are one of the two patrons who actually uses Axis 360, I'm sorry.
Thanks for Reading,