Arizona State Library, BiblioLabs Move Forward with eBook Platform

The Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records has signed an agreement with BiblioBoard to launch Arizona-related eBooks on BiblioBoard Library, a multi-media content delivery platform.

The two organizations will work together to obtain content, which the State Library will own and BiblioLabs will host. In addition to hosting commercially available eBooks about Arizona, BiblioBoard will include a self-publishing module for local authors with book reviews and a rating system.

“We’re thrilled to add this collection of digital books to resources we provide to Arizonans. The eBooks will complement our Arizona Memory Project (a digital archive) and the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program,” said Joan Clark, State Librarian and Arizona State Library Director.

The service, to be called “Reading Arizona,” will be available through the State Library’s website http://www.azlibrary.gov with geo-location access allowing registration from within Arizona. All of the content will be available for unlimited, multi-user access for optimal patron experience, and patrons will be able to access up to three books at a time on their offline bookshelves.

“The collection will focus on books about Arizona, including fiction, histories, natural history, family history and travel guides,” explained Laura Stone, Digital Content Director for the State Library.

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is a division of the Secretary of State. Through its branches, the State Library provides access to unique historical and contemporary resources, and statewide leadership to the library, archives and museum communities.

BiblioLabs, based in Charleston, SC, provides libraries with access to digital content—historical, contemporary or even the library’s own physical collections. With a focus on making the experience easy and fun for patrons, the BiblioBoard platform offers access through native apps on tablet devices and the web. All content is curated into thematic collections and topical Anthologies for easy browsing.
Mitchell Davis, founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioLabs, said the company is excited about this project. “It’s a great blend of history and modernity—the exciting history of Arizona presented on the cutting-edge technology of today, and the rich culture of Arizona presented on mobile devices.” Davis looks forward to working with Reading Arizona, saying, “This is a fantastic project. It’s wonderful to see integral institutions like the Arizona State Library embrace the digital age with such enthusiasm.” The company is working with other state libraries including the Massachusetts Library System (http://www.masslibsystem.org/ebook/2013/11/25/ma-ebook-project-has-launched/) on similar projects.

Patrons should be able to begin viewing content in August. Until then, information about the project is available on this blog.

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