OverDrive Community Reserve

June 15, 2007 at 8:45 pm | Posted in 2.0 | Leave a comment

Saw an announcement about this service on the handy Library Technology Guides blog. Community Reserve (could they have come up with a clunkier, less exciting name?) is “a digital resource sharing service within the Digital Library Reserve platform that enables participating libraries to manage and share download audio books, eBooks, music, and video in supported formats. Use it to distribute locally produced, non-commercial content and share digital materials across OverDrive’s library network at no added cost.”

A handful of public libraries have signed up and the vendor’s FAQ notes that Community Reserve contains “over 100 titles” (I’m underwhelmed, but it is pretty new). I’m not quite sure I get the purpose of this product given the market strength of YouTube, but perhaps it allows a sort of inventory control (use statistics, etc.) and does it allow you to add these locally-produced digital things into a database that includes your paid digital materials? Or is Community Reserve a separate entity altogether?

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