C201 – Solving Common Issues With Innovative Collaboration
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Consultant and Project Manager, Tricia McCraney Consulting
Senior Librarian, Adult Services, Iowa City Public Library
Coordinator, Information Technology, Iowa City Public Library
This session profiles two case studies of libraries solving problems by working directly with content providers. In Canada, the public libraries have been hamstrung by publisher problems with ebooks. The Canadian Urban Libraries Council and Association of Canadian Publishers have worked together, forming the CULC/eBOUND eBook Task Force, and to jointly seek a vendor to support a mutually beneficial solution. Meanwhile, Iowa City Public Library was hampered without a downloadable music collection but wasn’t happy with commercial options for offering digital music content to patrons. So it decided to offer local music talent for download. Using a simple contract local musicians lease ICPL the rights to their albums for 2 years. Albums are stored on a local server and made available for download as a zip file containing either MP3 or Ogg Vorbis file options. The Local Music Project fosters community by supporting local artists as well as the businesses they perform in. Hear the results and approaches of these two cases from which all libraries can learn and benefit.
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