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Snapshots of Brooklyn Public Library’s Downloadable Collections and of an IFLA Sponsored eBook Survey

Tomorrow’s Library in a World of Digits: Publishers and Librarians Share Concerns, Ideas and Opinions for New Mutually Beneficial Models

BookExpo America

May 27, 2010

Presented by Michael Santangelo

Electronic Resources Analyst

Brooklyn Public Library

The Numbers

- Conducted in 2008/2009
- 41 participants
- 80% served populations over 500K
- 40 out of 41 had eBook/eAudio collections
- 38 out of 41 had materials budgets over $1 million

- 46.3% had allocated money from physical materials collection budgets to downloadable materials collection budgets
- 46.3% had separate line for all downloadable materials
- 46.3% included in electronic resources budget

- Adobe Reader PDF eBooks and eAudiobooks were the most popular formats
- 58.5% preferred simultaneous usage models to traditional one person/one checkout models
- 34 out of 41 purchased titles for all age levels.
- 58.5% had non-circulating reference eBooks
- Only 2 library systems circulated preloaded MP3 players.
- 14 library systems allowed patrons to download content inside the library.

- 40 out of 41 included downloadables in circulation statistics
- 13 out of 41 included downloadables in overall circulation statistics
- 88% saw growth in circulation after adding downloadable collections

- 32 out of 41 started with NetLibrary
- Vendor Partners
- 90% Overdrive
- 73% NetLibrary
- 49% Cengage(Gale)

- Preferred vendor qualities:
- Ease of use for library customers
- Multiple platforms
- Allow for local branding
- Wide selection of titles and formats

Contact Information

Michael Santangelo

Brooklyn Public Library

m.santangelo@brooklynpubliclibrary.org