October 28-30 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A303 - Ebooks

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
San Carlos Ballroom (Marriott)
Heather Teysko, Assistant Director: Innovation and Development, Califa Library Group
Paula MacKinnon, Interim Director, Califa Group
Hutch Tibbetts, Digital Resources Librarian, IT & Web Services, Douglas County Libraries

In 2012, Califa (a multitype consortium of 220-plus member libraries), having worked with almost all of the various ebook vendors, decided to build its own platform, allowing ownership of both the content and the development of features on the platform. Califa purchased an Adobe Content Server, the easy part, and then dealt with the steps it took to actually develop an ebook platform, from researching hosting options to approaching publishers and securing funding. Hear how it’s going, and see statistics and data showing the growth of the platform. Learn what goes into the process, dealing with negotiations and surprises. Tibbets shares the status, challenges, and learnings from a similar project at his library.

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