It was during the awesome #TXLChat on eBooks that I was inspired to reflect on our community's eBook successes. I've been able to attribute our thriving usage to 4 basic reasons.
#1 - Librarian "BUY IN!" Get excited about your eBooks!!!
- You must be excited in order to generate an enthusiastic environment for eBook usage. I hear many say I prefer books rather than eBooks. DO NOT say this in front of your students and faculty. You are condemning your eBooks usage before you begin.
- Model by using your eBooks. Start a conversation by saying, "I just read an awesome eBook that I think you would love."
#2 - Look at your eBook collection. Are the titles INVITING?
- An eBook collection is much like a hardback book collection. If it's old and musty no one will read them. If you don't have cool high interest eBooks no one will access them.
- Take time and input with your eBook selection and collection development.
- Take advantage of programs such as implementing a district collection to give your patrons a much larger choice. We have an option with Follett that allows our school's to share eContent taking our school's collection from 100 eBooks to almost 1,400 eBooks in just 3 years.
#3 - It's all about MARKETING.
- I mention eBooks in every part of the library program.
- Have signs placed around the library and school with eBook access directions.
- Design an eBook information bookmark.
- Make visuals that can be used on social media, the website, or teacher moodle pages with eBook information.
- Host an eBook book talk day such as I did with this thinglink.
- Send out eBook access directions via email before any reading event such as DEAR Day.
#4 - Follow through with your statistics. Give eBook "SHOUT OUTS!
- Include eBook data in annual reports, parent newsletters, when sending out information to the faculty, and more.
- Share your successes in PLCs, faculty meetings, Twitter chats, or any venue.
In my opinion our eContent is here to stay with yet another changing role as a librarian. I have embraced the usage of eBooks enthusiastically and will continue to promote and market their usage to give our community a choice. It allows usage of our collection beyond the library walls and beyond our school hours. The success of eBooks in your community is at your finger tips.