Enrollment in the Ohio eBook Project is open to Ohio Public Libraries.
- Provide patron authentication via the preferred methods of SIP/SIP2 or Patron API. (Libraries should check with their ILS vendors regarding available authentication protocols, as there may be a cost involved to implement patron authentication.) If your library does not use patron authentication, OverDrive offers an alternative program.
- Pledge to spend at least 2% (or $1,000 whichever is greater) of their annual collection budget on materials for the consortium.
- Agree that all digital materials will be added to the shared Ohio eBook Project collection.
- Pay a $1.50 fee for each MARC record for titles the library purchases that are new to the Ohio eBook Project’s collection.
- Agree that any books purchased for the Ohio eBook Project collection will remain in the collection in the event that a library leaves the consortium.
- Agree to provide front-line support for your library's patrons. (Additional support for library staff is provided.)
- Agree to volunteer staff to serve on task forces or committees to aid in the guideance of the Ohio eBook Project.
- Agree to follow all policies and guidelines put forth by the Ohio eBook Project and State Library of Ohio.
The cost of the Ohio eBook Project is 2% of a library's annual collection budget or $1,000, whichever is greater, in the purchase of materials for the shared collection. There may be additional fees for MARC records or authentication setup that are the responsibility of the library.
The library does not send the enrollment fee to the State Library or OverDrive. Instead, once a library is enrolled and launched, they can then purchase materials to add to the collection. The State Library Project Manager tracks each library's spending to ensure they are meeting their minimum requirement.
Enrollment in the Ohio eBook Project is on a quarterly basis. The enrollment process takes about two months and includes setup of library authentication, training, and additional information.
|March 2013||December 21, 2012|
|June 2013||March 22, 2013|
|September 2013||June 21, 2013|
|December 2013||September 20, 2013|
*It is recommended enrolling libraries hold a “soft launch” before officially announcing the arrival of eBooks.
If you are interested in enrolling please contact the State Library Ohio eBook Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the enrollment documents are submitted there is a two month enrollment process. During this process your library will work with the State Library of Ohio and OverDrive to setup authentication for your patrons. There will also be training webinars held that are recommended for all staff members on how to use the service, how to order materials, and consortium policies and guidelines.
This enrollment period is a time for your library and staff to learn how to use the system before it is available to your patrons. Attendance at all the training sessions is mandatory, so if you believe staff at your library will be too busy with other duties during this period please contact Mandy Knapp, Project Manager at the State Library before enrollment with any concerns.
Before the enrollment process can begin interested libraries must complete and submit enrollment paperwork. The documents include but are not limited to:
Ohio eBook Project Library Contact Sheet
- Contact information for use by the Ohio eBook Project Manager
Memorandum of Understanding or MOU
- Agreement between enrolling library and the State Library of Ohio (see page 14 for more information)
- Agreement between enrolling library and OverDrive, Inc.
ILS Vendor Information or Library Card Manager
- This form is used by OverDrive to set up authentication
During the enrollment process:
- OverDrive will set up and test authentication for your library’s ILS system, if authentication is not functioning by the launch date your library may be delayed until the next enrollment period.
Training sessions will be available for library staff to learn:
- Use of the backend site (purchasing content, accessing statistics, etc.)
- Use of the public site
- Ohio eBook Project policies and guidelines
- Usernames and passwords to the Content Reserve website will be provided
- Outreach and Promotional materials will be reviewed
Most staff training will be via webinar with either an OverDrive trainer or the Ohio eBook Project Manager. The dates of the training will be determined after the enrollment process begins. Generally, OverDrive provides one training session for each topic for all interested Member Libraries. The Ohio eBook Project Manager also provides training via webinar. Both OverDrive and State Library training are usually recorded for those unable to attend.
During OverDrive’s training webinars the trainer will tell viewers to contact the OverDrive Project Manager with questions. Please contact the Ohio eBook Project Manager, Mandy Knapp, before contacting OverDrive. OverDrive is not aware of all policies for the consortium. There are certain features and products that the consortium as a whole has chosen not to utilize.