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2013 Subsidy Rates

In 2013, subsidy rates for this project will be reduced to 40%. The following year (2014), subsidy rates will be reduced to 20%, after which there will be no further LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) subsidy for this project. This is after three years (2010-2012) with LSTA subsidies at 50% for libraries participating in this project.

It has always been the intent of this project to reduce federal LSTA subsidies over time, until the project is entirely self-sustaining, paid for by the participating libraries. The reductions announced now are a little faster than originally intended, due to reductions in the overall level of LSTA funds available to the Washington State Library. LSTA funds are administered by IMLS, the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project and its vendor contracts will continue, just without further subsidy funds.

For additional information, please visit the project's "How to Join" page.

Fourth Year Renewals and Recruitment

The EBSCO NetLibrary Recorded Books packages were originally launched on April 1, 2010. However, some libraries may have different subscription start dates. The 2013-2014 renewal has been mostly completed, and libraries should have received invoices by now. New libraries may join the project at any time. For information on the renewal and recruitment, visit the "How to Join" page.

OCLC MARC Records

As of June 18, 2012, all Recorded Books OneClickdigital MARC records for subscription titles are OCLC Control Records. Existing purchase titles will be available as OCLC Control Records shortly.

You now have the option to replace your existing MARCs with the new OCLC records if you wish. 

Please keep in mind that if you currently customize your MARCs, you will need to customize the new MARCs as well. You will see a new folder on the FTP site that will be identified as OCLC MARCs.

If you have any questions regarding downloading the new records, please email MARCrecords@recordedbooks.com.

Recorded Books OneClickdigital

Recorded Books content is no longer available through EBSCOHost. All WA libraries that previously subscribed to NetLibrary for downloadable audiobooks should now be accessing that content through the Recorded Books OneClickdigital platform.

Recorded Books has completed the process of setting up accounts for existing WA NetLibrary customers on their OneClickdigital platform.

If your library was a NetLibrary subscriber, but has not yet received information on moving to the Recorded Books OneClickdigital platform, please contact Recorded Books. Contact information is as follows:

Amber Norton
Digital Products Group
Recorded Books LLC
270 Skipjack Road
Prince Frederick, MD  20678
410-535-5590 ext 1433
877-828-2833 ext 1433
Fax 208-474-4525
anorton@recordedbooks.com
www.recordedbooks.com

Past Changes

Both EBSCO and Recorded Books have announced significant changes to their eAudiobook services. On or about July 18, EBSCO moved all NetLibrary content to the EBSCOHost platform. The NetLibrary platform was discontinued, as were the NetLibrary Media Center and Download Manager.

The current agreement between EBSCO and Recorded Books expired, and as of December 31, 2011, Recorded Books content is no longer available on the EBSCO platform, and instead, is available through the new Recorded Books OneClickdigital platform.

During November and December, 2011, Recorded Books worked to set up all existing WA NetLibrary customers on the OneClickdigital platform.

Collection of Single Use Titles Added to NetLibrary Collections

Over 1200 single use titles were added to the Recorded Books collections in September, 2010. Titles include popular works by Sue Grafton, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, and many others. 

These titles are single use in format. This differs from the unlimited use Recorded Books core offerings as only one patron may have these titles checked out at a time. The digital audio book is checked out for a period of 21 days before becoming available to another to download. Users may place holds on items that are checked out.

End of year variance money was used to purchase these titles. Because of federal guidelines controlling the use of LSTA funds, the money could not be used to purchase unlimited use titles, which are subscription based, because the money expired on Sept. 30, 2010, and could not be used to fund a subscription that would go past that date. So instead, single use titles were purchased. These titles are now owned permanently by the project, and no further subscription or use fees will be required to access these titles in future. The downside is that only one person statewide can use one of these titles at a time.

An Excel spreadsheet listing the collections of single use titles is available: Single_use_title_list.xls.

The single use titles for which Recorded Books is the publisher will be made available via the Recorded Books OneClickdigital platform. Those titles from other publishers (just over 500 in number) will be continue to be available on the EBSCOHost platform, at least for now.

EBSCO Buys NetLibrary

On March 17, 2010, OCLC announced that EBSCO had acquired the NetLibrary Division from OCLC.

Check out this 13-page FAQ (pdf) detailing how this move affects participating libraries. As of mid-April, Recorded Books took over the processing of new orders for the Washington State consortial purchase.

Recruitment Report

We are pleased to announce a very successful initial recruitment phase for the project as follows:

OverDrive: 8 public libraries initially joined the existing 9 library members of the Washington Digital LIbrary (OverDrive) Consortium (WDLC), thus effectively doubling the membership. Since then, several additional libraries have joined. As of June, 2012, WDLC membership stood at 29 libraries.

OCLC NetLibrary Recorded Books: 44 public libraries, 9 academic libraries, and over 330 K-12 school libraries signed up to purchase one or more of the OCLC (then EBSCO) NetLibrary Recorded Books collections. This means that there was an automatic 10% discount off the public and academic library prices for these collections as listed on the project recruitment web page. 41 libraries (other than K-12) were needed for this discount to apply. Needless to say, we doubled the 20 libraries required to insure the inital low K-12 pricing.

Project Funding Information

$149,000 in LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funding, administered through IMLS (the Institute for Museum and Library Services) was available for subidizing this project through September 30, 2010. $127,000 in LSTA funding was available for the following 12 months, October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011, and $102,000 was available for the Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012 federal fiscal year. These amounts appear to be sufficient to continue a 50% subsidy for now.

It is the goal of this project to gradually become self-sustaining, without long-term subsidies. However, the need for additional subsidy funding will be assessed on an annual basis as the project goes forward. It is the intention of the project to continue indefinitely, so long as Washington libraries are interested in offering downloadable audiobooks to their patrons.

For more information, including pricing, and signup documents, please visit the project recruitment page.

Project Goals

The goal of this project is to allow residents of Washington State access to downloadable audiobooks by negotiating a statewide price that would make the product more affordable for libraries, and by using LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds to partially subsidize the costs.

This is an open-ended project, with no planned end date. However, LSTA subsidies will be tapered off, and the project will continue with funding from participating libraries.

Vendor Links:

Recorded Books: http://www.recordedbooks.com/
Recorded Books: OneClickdigital
Recorded Books: Marketing Materials
Recorded Books: Technical Support

OverDrive: http://www.overdrive.com/
Washington Anytime Library: anytime.lib.overdrive.com

Project History

The Washington State Library released on an RFP (Request for Proposals) for downloadable audiobook eContent services on June 1, 2009 . The goal of this RFP was to secure one or more contracts for services to expand the reach of downloadable audiobooks content to libraries throughout Washington State, including public, academic, and K-12 libraries.

The RFP was made available online through WEBS (Washington’s Electronic Business Solution) at www.ga.wa.gov/webs and from the Office of the Secretary of State’s “current procurements” page: www.secstate.wa.gov/office/procurements.aspx. All questions about the procurement process and about this project in general, should be directed to RFP Coordinator and Project Manager, Will Stuivenga, who can be reached at will.stuivenga@sos.wa.gov or 360.704.5217.

The deadline for proposals was 4:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, June 30, 2009. The project advisory committee reviewed and scored the proposals that were received and made recommendations for awarding contracts as follows:

  1. OverDrive was designated an apparent successful vendor for public libraries that currently do not have OverDrive subscriptions.
  2. OCLC NetLibrary was designated an apparent successful vendor for public, academic, and K-12 libraries in Washington.

Additional Information

A needs assessment survey was completed early on in the process. Staff from all types of Washington libraries participated in the survey. In total, the survey received over 356 responses. A summary of the survey results is available here.

The original proposal for this project was submitted by Eileen Simmons, Everett Public Library. Read the original proposal here.

An e-mail discussion list, Washington Audiobooks (WA-AUDIOBKS) has been created for the purpose of disseminating news and infomation about the project, and to provide a forum for discussing the project. To sign up for the list, visit the state library’s e-mail list page: www.secstate.wa.gov/quicklinks/lists.

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