[Eril-l] [ALCTS-acqnet] Using Overdrive and/or IA's "National Emergency Library" during COVID closures

Harper, Cynthia charper at vts.edu
Tue Mar 31 06:49:53 PDT 2020

Out of curiosity, I wonder what portion of book expenditures goes to authors and what portion to publishers.

From: Eril-l <eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org> On Behalf Of Linda Wobbe
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Please see the Internet Archive’s response to publisher concerns:

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On Mar 31, 2020, at 5:23 AM, Linda Landi <llandi at fvrl.org<mailto:llandi at fvrl.org>> wrote:

We were about to promote the National Emergency Library but saw this article in NPR today, which made us put on the brakes:


Linda Landi

Senior Collection Development Librarian


Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

1007 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver WA 98663

My pronouns are: She / Her / Hers

On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 8:42 AM Laura Turner <lauraturner at sandiego.edu<mailto:lauraturner at sandiego.edu>> wrote:
Dear colleagues,

I'm reaching out to see how other academic libraries are handling ebook requests for titles that are not available through traditional academic suppliers (Proquest, EBSCO, etc.).  An example would be Bill Nye's Unstoppable, published by St. Martin's, so more of a popular non-fiction title.  Specifically, Overdrive seems to have been a resource for that kind of material that is no longer available at our city public library, though they do have a couple of other platforms.  Has your academic library worked with Overdrive?

Also, has anyone begun pointing users to Internet Archive's "National Emergency Library" for access at least to scanned titles that you might already have in your print collection?

Please feel free to respond off-list, if you prefer.


Laura Turner
Head of Collections, Access, and Discovery
Helen K. and James S. Copley Library / University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA  92110-2492
Phone:  (619) 260-2365 | lauraturner at sandiego.edu<mailto:lauraturner at sandiego.edu>
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