Join a consortium of libraries like yours so your students can enjoy a huge collection of titles
(over 1,250 eBook titles / 500 Audiobook titles & multiple copies based on demand) dynamically
managed by our systems to ensure the best value eLending solution on the planet. We now have Audiobooks in shared collections - please contact us for more details.
We've built shared collections based on schools like yours, taking into account age and geographical factors. We have separate collections for primary and secondary schools, with unique collections in each country we serve, so you are only paying for books that are suitable for your students.
Your school will be joining many other schools with similar age students and location that have already banded together to build a fabulous collection of eBooks. For example a junior school in the UK would join a consortium of other junior schools in the UK, or in Australia a secondary school would join other secondary schools. We have these collections in New Zealand as well. As more schools join the shared collection the breadth and depth of the collection increases to ensure a superb experience for each student.
This is a collaborative effort. The core of the collection is built around the statistical data we have from the thousands of school eLibraries that we already provide, so we can see what's popular for what age groups in each country we serve. From there we canvas suggestions from member schools who may have special requirements and suggestions. As a shared collection we ensure that each title has appeal to more than just one member so that the most relevant collection is built to serve the member community.
Even though you will be sharing a collection you'll be in control of many aspects of your ePlatform. You can choose the look and feel, web address, school logo to match your school's branding, and you can customise other aspects such as special messages to students. You will also be able to age restrict titles, manage your student's access and view usage reports
If you have a private collection your students can borrow all the books in the collection, however in a shared environment we need to make sure each member school has equal access to the titles. We do this by having generous limits on simultaneous loans and loans per month. We have set these limits generously and ensured the collection has the depth to support them. Contact us for details but we are sure you will find they easily exceed your expected student usage.
For the great majority of schools ePlatform One easily meets their needs providing collection breadth which would be very expensive to match in a private collection. However some schools have special requirements in terms of titles not in the shared collection, or may want more copies of some titles for class set purposes. In these cases you can build a private collection that sits seamlessly alongside the shared collection. The private collection is developed by purchasing books via the ePlatform shop which are then immediately available and visible to your students. Other members of the shared collection will not be able to see or borrow these copies.
|ePlatform One - eBooks||Private Collection|
|$995 annually with ePlatform One:||$995 annually with a Private Collection:|
|Access more than 1,250 titles worth > $20,000||Buys around 50 titles / per year (no limit on titles you can buy)|
|Collection size increases with more member libraries||Collection size increases with additional purchases|
|Collection centrally managed with member input||You build the collection / complete control|
|Collection shared with other similar schools||Collection not shared - for your students only|
|Customised for your school's branding||Customised for your school's branding|
|Full control of your ePlatform||Full control of your ePlatform|
|Detailed reports||Detailed reports|
|Age restrict titles||Age restrict titles|
|Generous fair use limits (contact us for details)||Use restricted by titles owned|
Preparing your ePlatform to look amazing with your look and logo is easy. Often we create the banner header area for you using elements from your school's webpage and images - if you are happy with this there is nothing for you to do. In other cases schools prefer to prepare and supply us with their own graphics and that's completely fine. You can also choose your own web address, for example we chose 'lovereading' for our demonstration site http://lovereading.wheelers.co (get a login here).
Adding students to access your eLibrary can be daunting, but we have made this super easy by offering some extremely simple methods that will not require IT department assistance and will have you sorted in minutes. Of course we also support LMS integrated methods such as LDAP and SIP2. We suggest start with the simple method to keep momentum going and then switch to the LMS integrated method later. More information on this here.
Once your new eLibrary is looking fantastic it's time to launch it to your students. We are absolutely passionate about student usage. We will help you by providing promotional materials such as posters, bookmarks, shelf wobblers that you can display in the library. We also have a large range of digital assets that you can use to promote the eLibrary on your school's homepage.