Massachusetts State-wide Ebook Platform: Coming Soon!

eBookHere’s something that will hopefully have a significant impact on libraries in the future: there’s a state-wide ebook initiative getting underway in Massachusetts.

This project was begun after hearing about the Douglas County (CO) Libraries “host your own ebooks” platform(and why). However, instead of just a single library system, Massachusetts wants to involve all the libraries in the Commonwealth.

Also, the end goal is a little different than Douglas County. Instead of hosting all the content we buy ourselves, the Massachusetts Library System (who is spearheading the project with support from theMassachusetts Board of Library Commissioners) is looking to develop a “discovery layer” interface that can search multiple vendors’ ebook catalogs.

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April 29th, 2013 by