It’s been almost a year since OTPLS first launched its digital library for patrons using the global distributor Overdrive. During this time, library staff found that they had to master a whole new learning curve…digital devices.
What have we discovered after going digital almost a year later?
- Patrons love having the opportunity to check out ebooks and audiobooks from our Ohio Township Digital Library.
- Staff has had to familiarize themselves with not only what we have available in our usual formats, but also what is now available in our digital library collection.
- We have heard hearty vocal sentiments for traditional books as well as the clamoring for more digital content for patrons’ devices such as the Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader, tablets and smartphones.
- We had to teach ourselves how to manipulate the various devices and software/apps needed for each so that we can better assist our patrons with Ebook questions.
- As newer, faster, better devices continue to be manufactured for the public, libraries try to provide the most formats as possible for our diverse patron population.
- Surprisingly, Ebook devices are not used by only one demographic such as young professionals. Rather, we happily note that devices are being used by all ages especially seniors.
Why all the fuss about providing a digital collection? We, as librarians, love to encourage reading and learning. E-readers have sparked a renewed interest in reading and caught the attention of the reluctant reader, the emergent reader, and, of course, the ever-loving reader. Reading has resurfaced as the new “IT.”
Reading rocks no matter what format or device is used!