eVoke 2.0: Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project

The eVoke 2.0 eBook Project is a LSTA-funded project to roll out the Douglas County model for e-books in public libraries, as used by Douglas County and Marmot libraries etc, to the whole state of Colorado. A significant portion of the work is developing a prototype e-book management system which is scalable to the whole state.

The broad aims of the project are to:

  • Host e-book content for the state of Colorado. Initially, the content in the system is expected to be non-Big 5 content (a la the Douglas County model), and additional hosted systems such as OverDrive will still be in place. In the long run, however, it is hoped that Big 5 content will be able to be hosted in the system as wel.
  • Develop an e-content management module, which would enable the purchasing, cataloguing, discovery and circulation of hosted e-books.
  • Develop APIs to allow the e-content management module to talk to external Library Management Systems.
  • Demonstrate the above with 3 major Library Management System environments in use in Colorado – Koha/Liblime as used by AspenCat; Sierra/Vufind as used by the Marmot Library Network, and Sirsi/Dynix Horizon as used by Douglas County.
  • Develop a sustainable model for Colorado libraries going forward, including business, pricing and policy models.

The complete grant application has been made available, which outlines in more detail the goals and plan for the project. The project is being spearheaded by Douglas County libraries in collaboration with CLiC and others, and is initially expected to run until October 2014.

Colorado’s eBook Manifesto

The Colorado EBook Environment – Overview and talking points, otherwise described as the Colorado EBook Manifesto, is put out by the Colorado Library Consortium and Evoke Colorado.

This document is aimed more at libraries and librarians – it describes the status quo in the ebook market for libraries, outlines a vision for the future, and issues a call to action to libraries.