The digital collection manager is chiefly responsible for insuring there are enough audiobooks, e-books, music and videos available for their patrons to borrow. In the past, they did not have much flexibility in ordering ebook titles in advance. Basically, whenever they showed up in the Overdrive Marketplace, that was when they could place an order. The process has become more robust, with the ability to order digital books six months in advance.
Librarians can now be considered the smartest book nerds around. They will be well informed about the new Stephen King and Mary Higgins Clark books are due out, before their friends even hear about the news.
One of the big benefits about this new program is that your library won’t be invoiced for these titles until the street date. In order to build hype around a potential bestseller, libraries can take advance of the Curated Collections tool to promote them on their websites.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.