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eBCCLS 01.04.17 Memo to BCCLS Executive Board

To: BCCLS Executive Board

From: eBCCLS Task Force co-chairs Samantha McCoy and Kathleen McGrail

Date: January 4, 2017

Re: BCCLS migration towards a single eContent platform, Cloud Library

The eBCCLS Task Force (ETF) was charged with moving the consortium to a single-delivery platform for ebook and eaudio content last year. The Task Force met with and reviewed, multiple times, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, OneClick Digital, and Baker & Taylor's Axis 360. We made a recommendation to the Executive Board in August 2016 to contract with Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 based on their presentation. However, after reviewing the paperwork to move the consortium to that platform, there were multiple issues that arose that did not match our previous conversations with the vendor.


B&T's shift in ownership of library purchased titles (from the original library to the eBCCLS collection) was a significant factor in the ETF decision to revisit the available vendors for econtent.  In addition, in our subsequent interactions with B&T since our initial selection of Axis 360, we had experienced some backpedaling on previously committed enhancements as well as an increase in the  platform fee and the waiver of this fee being tied to a dollar amount commitment to purchase content.


Cloud Library made a meaningful presentation to us regarding their ability to meet eBCCLS' needs last summer. Although Cloud Library's model does not allow for the six month embargo on the loaning of titles to other library patrons, we came to view the Cloud Library model as substantively similar to the BCCLS sharing model of physical materials that is already in place and that it conforms to our bylaws without requiring Policies and Procedures intervention.


In addition, enhancements such as the ability for libraries with private clouds to brand their Cloud Library, pre-pub holds, our patrons' familiarity with a vendor app with whom we already do business, as well as the recent beta testing and January 2017 implementation of a pay-per-use model were compelling as well.


Therefore, the eBCCLS Task Force recommends to the Executive Board that they authorize the Executive Director to pursue a solution for ebooks and eaudiobooks with Cloud Library.


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