CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Baker & Taylor, among the world’s largest distributors of digital and physical books and entertainment products, has been selected by the Massachusetts Library System to participate in a pilot project designed to expand access to e-books.
The six-month pilot MA eBook Project was conceived by the Mass. Board of Library Commissioner’s Statewide Resource Sharing Committee to explore e-book models.
North Carolina-based Baker & Taylor is assisting MLS in establishing a statewide shared collection, in which an initial group of 51 participating libraries will access more than 3,000 general-interest e-books using the company’s Axis 360 digital media platform. The pilot program will use Baker & Taylor’s digital-collection-development services, with an eye toward expanding the scope of the shared collection to the nearly 1,700 public, school and academic libraries throughout Massachusetts.
Funding will come from the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner, the pilot libraries, and federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. •