Open Call for The Palace Project pilot program + Collaborating for Access webinar
Last year we announced the launch of The Palace Project, a new, non-profit ebook platform that allows libraries to serve content from any vendor to their patrons. The Palace Project is now seeking five public and five state libraries to take part in a two-year pilot program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Participating libraries will have access to a virtual library card service, as well as a collection of more than 11,000 open access ebooks and $25,000 worth of licensed ebook and audiobook titles from The Palace Marketplace. Patrons will be able to sign up for a free virtual library card and access titles through the Palace app on iOS and Android. The service will include analytics, technical support, staff training, and patron outreach. You can learn more here.
We also invite you to attend our upcoming webinar, Collaborating for Access: Licensing Models that Benefit Libraries, Readers, and Publishers, which is part of a series of events on expanding access to ebooks that DPLA is co-presenting with COSLA and ReadersFirst. You can find out more and register to attend here. (If you have ideas for topics you would like us to cover in future discussions, please let us know.)