Welcome to Evoke!


Here’s our idea: libraries need to learn how to manage several emerging channels of digital content. We’re doing that in Colorado. At this site, you’ll find all the tools and aids we developed to help ourselves. Everything we have — from legal framework to information architecture to the list of our publishing partners to the open source code that makes it all work — is freely offered to the library community. We firmly believe that this is the most exciting time in the history of our profession. We also believe that librarians should be significant players in this revolution. Worth reading: Colorado’s eBook Manifesto, a document produced to orient you to our state’s ebook environment. Continue reading

Connecticut to Build a Statewide Ebook Delivery Platform

Submitted for Jamie LaRue, CEO LaRue and Associates

Back in January of this year, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection published a report about how the state’s public libraries could gain fairer access to ebooks.

Among that report’s conclusions: “The most forward-thinking and sustainable option the legislature could pursue to increase ebook availability at public libraries is to make a significant statewide investment in the creation of an ebook distribution platform that could be shared by libraries in the state.”

Read the full article at:  http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blog/connecticut-build-statewide-ebook-delivery-platform

Statewide Public Library e-book Programs

Submitted by Jamie LaRue, from Charlie Parker of TBLC

Here is a quick and dirty list of statewide public library e-book programs including links to some recent articles (thanks to Gary Price at infoDOCKET).

Statewide Public Library E-Book Projects

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  • Digital Book eLending -The Kansas State Library has a 3M Cloud Library collection and participates in Enki, the California service




North Carolina 




DCL eBook Price Comparison Report – June 2014

Submitted by Rochelle Logan, Douglas County Libraries

Here is the DCL Pricing Comparison for June 2014.  Below are Kathy Thomas’ notes on this month’s list.

A couple of things with the comparison:

  • There were two different ‘Fault in our Stars’ on the list of Top 20 Amazon books; one was a paper version, the other a hardcover version.  It is on the list twice but the information appears once.
  • Game of Thrones box set for Amazon and Barnes & Noble is the five book set, but overdrive and 3M only have the four book set available.  Since the pricing was high for the 4 book set, I elected to use that pricing instead of no pricing.
  • We have not yet received (or been invoiced) our books for ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’ which releases on 6/10.  Because of this, Ingram doesn’t have a cost but B&T does on the spreadsheet.
  • There were a couple of books that aren’t library type materials but were on the list of Top 20 Amazon books, so there is no information for these items.

DCL Pricing Comparison – May 2014

- Submitted by Rochelle Logan, Douglas County Library
Here is the latest DCL eBook Pricing Comparison. It is hard to figure out the reasoning / calculation publishers use to price ebooks for libraries. You can get Donna Tartt’s latest (Pulitzer Prize for fiction), Goldfinch for $7.50 from Amazon and it is hiked up by Hachette to $90 via Overdrive and 3M. Some are a 100% markup – NYPD Red2 and Little Girl Lost. It’s madness I tell you!

DCL eBook Price Comparison Report – April 2014

Submitted by Rochelle Logan, Douglas County Libraries

For this pricing report, we pulled the bestseller list from Digital Book World. The blog post on DBW about their bestsellers brings up an interesting point. Self-published works don’t always make it onto these types of lists even when they are wildly successful if they do not have an ISBN. “Our system requires an ebook have an ISBN in order to link it across retailers. Many self-published books don’t have an ISBN and will be invisible to our process.”


Evoke FAQ 2

Posted on behalf of Jamie LaRue, Project Director, Evoke 2.0

This is an update on the state of Evoke 2.0.

First, a reminder: this is technology demonstration grant, funded by Colorado’s LSTA money. The goal was to put together an ALPHA (e.g. “preliminary, proof-of-concept”) product. As time goes on, it’s common for people to add a list of features and promises that were never made or discussed at the beginning of a project. So this is a bit of a memory and reality-check.

Let’s review what the grant promised:

  • an acquisition system for ebook content;
  • a discovery layer (a search front end);
  • a circulation system that works with Douglas County Libraries’ Sirsi Dynix Horizon system, AspenCat, and Marmot;
  • loan agreements with up to 20 publishers, mainly NOT the Big Five (RandomHouse/Penguin, Hachette, Simon and Schuster, Macmillan, and HarperCollins);
  • and a test library of materials purchased from those publishers (within $10,000).

Here’s where we are:

  • acquisition system is up and running
  • discovery layer is running
  • the circulation system works
  • consortial loan agreements are in place for several significant publishers (among them Britannica, Poisoned Pen and Workman).
  • Monique estimates that we’re at about 70-80% of the functionality we were shooting for. You can see for yourself at http://www.evokecolorado.org/ – a live demo of the tests. We haven’t added any real content (beyond some public domain titles) at present. But they’re coming.
  • Preliminary Application Program Interfaces (APIs) with DCL, AspenCat and Marmot. This is the piece that will integrate the ebook platform with the rest of these ILSs. We don’t anticipate that DCL and Marmot will be particularly difficult. The contract programmers for AspenCat, we have learned, have a lot of other software projects on their list, and that may delay the final product. Stay tuned. But the project has provided the APIs to our partners.

What is NOT done?

  • final fit and polish. Monique and her programmers are working on a series of tweaks and tests.

On the whole, however, the project and product are taking shape well within our timelines.

- Jamie LaRue, Project Director, Evoke 2.0

ReadersFirst Releases Inaugural Edition Guide to Library Ebook Vendors

Submitted on behalf of Gene Hainer, Colorado State Library

An eBook guide has been released by ReadersFirst, a coalition of 290 libraries whose aim is to “give librarians the knowledge to be more effective e-book providers.” The content is to help those new to the eBook arena understand the vendors, players, terminology, and options. It includes a sample eBook review template for assessing vendor products, glossary, and reader stories.

Learn more at Library Journal InfoDocket.