Central Nebraska Digital Co-op
Jake Rundle from the Hastings Public Library presented information about the Central Nebraska Digital Co-op at the NLA/NSLA Conference. Here are a few of the questions he answered for us. If you are interested in joining the coop, contact Jake Rundle at Hastings Public Library.
What digital products are available to my library through the Co-op: The two products that the Co-op requires purchasing in order to join are Zinio Digital magazines and Recorded Books’ OneClickDigital downloadable audiobook titles.
Who belongs to the Central Nebraska Digital Co-op? Currently there are 10 libraries in the group. Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, Holdrege, North Platte, Columbus, Ralston, Papillion, Bellevue, York. After the presentation at the NLA conference, we had several other libraries express interest.
Is my library eligible to belong to the Co-op? The Co-op is charged for content/subscriptions and platform fees. We are priced for the platform based on circulation statistics for all member libraries combined. We can accept any accredited public library into the group (except for Lincoln and Omaha; who are too big).
How much does it cost to join and what are the ongoing expenses? The co-op is charged in October for services. The pricing structure is based on a formula devised by Steve Fosselman which takes into account your library’s LSA, Operating Budget, and Total circulations to create a percentage of the total. If your percent obligation is under $500, you’ll be charged $500 for [each] year.
What are the best features of belonging to the Co-op? (patron access from library webpage, simultaneous users, keep the magazines, etc.) The great thing about both products that we subscribe to currently is the simultaneous access to magazines and audiobooks. An entire classroom of students can check out the same issue of National Geographic magazine. There is no waiting or holds list.