1. What motivated you to market your library with the Lexis Nexis OverDrive Digital Library Platform?
We receive information requests from all across the state from judges, attorneys and consumers. We needed a way to respond to that information need all across this far flung state. We were keenly aware that there are few law libraries in Texas and they are concentrated in the large cities. We use our website as a portal to numerous primary sources, but we wanted to provide treatise type resources to help researchers understand the law and put it into practical application. LexisNexis has well-respected Texas practice manuals covering many areas of law. Lexis was one of the few publishers willing to work with us to allow the wide access we wanted. Users must register with us to access the material. The registration process confirms that registrants are located in Texas. We were happy that Lexis chose the Overdrive platform since it was widely used by public libraries.
2. How has the program been received so far, and how will you evaluate its success?
The program has been very well received. Since introducing the Overdrive platform in October of 2014 e-book circulation has grown exponentially. Last year we had 5,593 e-book checkouts and we are on track to meet or break that record this year. Additionally, the number of users who have registered for a library account has also increased. We now have patrons registered from 215 (out of 254) Texas counties.
3. What “if only I knew!” advice would you give others wanting to replicate the program?
It can be difficult to acquire and maintain content. Some publishers were initially willing, but later balked realizing they had not thought all the issues through. Other publishers are unwilling to make their material available, worrying how the library model will affect their sales. We can demonstrate that most of our users are non-attorneys, but publishers are wary that “no one will buy the books if we make them available free.”
4. What are you currently reading?
Brain Briefs: Two Guys on Your Head Tackle the Most and Least Pressing Questions About Your Mind, Art Markman and Bob Duke.Alamo House, Sara Bird
Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser
5. Do you have a favorite quote?
Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. - James Baldwin, writer (2 Aug 1924-1987)Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics. - Peter Singer, philosopher, professor of bioethics (b. 6 Jul 1946)
What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup. - Boris Pasternak, poet and novelist (1890-1960)