RPLD eBook Collection Management

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About RPLD

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The Roselle Public Library provides books and other resources to further the educational, informational and recreational interests of the community. We have more than 90,000 items in the collection, including books, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs and books-on-cassette and CD. We subscribe to more than 350 magazines and newspapers. We also provide a wide variety of services to meet the needs of the community.

Library patrons may access and download digital audiobooks and e-books from eMediaLibrary, a consortium of public libraries in the suburban Chicago area. There are currently over 8,500 ebooks accessible to our patrons, subject to availability, via eMedia Library.

(The list of consortium member libraries can be seen on the login page for eMedia Library, and is listed on the “eSelection” page of this site.)

Adapted from: http://www.roselle.lib.il.us/about/index.php

Overview of the eBook Collection

The ebook collection consists of the following categories and title counts (as of 12/09/12):

eBook Fiction

  • Classic Literature: 521
  • Historical Fiction: 688
  • Horror & Thriller: 870
  • Humor: 100
  • Modern Literature: 1256
  • Mystery & Suspense: 2183
  • Romance: 1475
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy: 594
  • Western: 78

eBook Nonfiction

  • Biography & Autobiography: 372
  • Business & Careers: 158
  • Cooking & Food: 75
  • Current Events & Politics: 72
  • History: 209
  • Religion & Spirituality: 121
  • Self-Improvement: 138
  • Study Aides & Workbooks: 17
  • Travel: 74

Source: eMedia Mall Catalog, “Browse Collections”

For a complete and regularly updated list of the devices that are currently compatible with our ebook collection, please visit OverDrive Media’s Device Resource Center.

The Community

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,115 people, 8,443 households, and 6,239 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,301.1 people per square mile (1,662.0/km²). There were 8,552 housing units at an average density of 1,591.3 per square mile (614.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.89% White, 1.66% African American, 0.21% Native American, 7.29% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.18% of the population.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roselle,_Illinois

Technology & Our Community

Although RPLD has not yet gathered statistical evidence of the penetration of consumer technology among our patrons, anecdotally we are noticing more and more patrons inquiring about ebooks and seeking our technical help with their ereaders and tablets. We do know that eBook usage is up over 200 percent in 2012 from the previous year, and we are responding in kind by reapportioning our budget to purchase more ebooks. For example, in FY 2011-2012 the total budget allocation for downloadable materials was $3,000, and for FY 2012-13, the allocation has doubled to $6,000.* We do not yet know if this type of exponential growth in public interest in ebooks will continue, or will plateau in the future. But we must be prepared for the possibility that it will continue for some time to come.

*See: http://www.roselle.lib.il.us/about/documents/2012-13_Budget_RPLD.pdf

Helpful Links to Explore

To learn more about the community which RPLD serves, please explore the following websites to familiarize yourself with local government, business, and cultural institutions.

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