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Program: Download This

Posted by Meg King-Sloan

(Reporting from the Internet Cafe)

Libraries have come a long way in how they provide downloadable materials to their patrons.  So many people are getting e-readers (for themselves or as gifts), and they expect their libraries to have titles for them to download.  Here are some suggestions to try to meet these demands:

  • Libraries should be continually adding popular titles to their collections
  • Watch “on hold” lists closely to see if more copies should be added
  • See if your library can increase its budget for downloadables

Remember to make this collection simple for patrons to find and access on your website and catalog.  Also consider customer service training for some of your staff, and don’t forget to market your downloadable collection the the public!