eBook lending to public libraries just went international with the first country to benefit from the 3M Cloud Library System. Canadian patrons will now be able to borrow digital content through the provider, including titles from several of the Big Five publishers and hundreds of other publishers.
“We know that libraries are looking for every possible way to help staff members use their time most efficiently, so we’re constantly implementing Cloud Library tools to automate work and give more time back to librarians,” said Tom Mercer, 3M Cloud Library Marketing Manager. “The automated buying tool is a powerful and customizable way for each library to manage its eBook collection and free up time for other tasks.”
In the early stages of library lending, patrons often experienced frustration with the catalog’s offerings, or more accurately, the lack of offerings. Companies like 3M and OverDrive have worked with publishers to be able to offer high-interest and bestselling titles, as well as back list favorites. These publisher partnerships help ensure that the rights holders are duly compensated through the lending program while still offering content that libraries can feel confident investing in for their readers.
3M will be at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, PA, this week, demonstrating the lending platform.