eRead Illinois Newsletter: October 22, 2013

eRead Illinois Newsletter
October 22, 2013

We’ve got lots of updates for you this week on the progress we’ve made and how soon you’ll be able to join the first ever statewide eBook Consortium in Illinois! First off, let’s talk launch dates. The Baker & Taylor Axis 360 shared collection will be launching on December 1, 2013. RAILS and non-SHARE member libraries can sign up now (more details below). The 3M Cloud Library shared collection will officially launch on November 18, 2013. SHARE member libraries may have noticed that you can already see some 3M e-books in the OPAC. That’s because we were able to do a “soft launch” and demo the Cloud at the ILA Conference last week. You’ll find training materials, upcoming events, and even more information in this newsletter, which we plan to produce weekly.   

Fee Formula:
IHLS and RAILS are happy to announce that the eRead Illinois advisory team is committed to establishing an e-book program that is available to Illinois libraries after the two-year grant period. Therefore, the following criteria were established for the eRead Illinois membership fee. Fees for both IHLS and RAILS member libraries are the same. The eRead Illinois Membership Fee Structure includes:

base fee ($250/year) + population fee + 0.5% of collection budget = eRead Illinois membership fee

For more information and to receive a membership fee quote, view the following documents on the IHLS website:

Sign Up:
Libraries participating in the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 shared collection (non-SHARE members) can sign up now by visiting the RAILS website. Libraries participating in the 3M Cloud Library (SHARE members) will be able to sign up during the “try before you buy” free trial period starting November 18th and running through December.

Wishing you knew more about the 3M platform? Looking for a way to make your staff more comfortable when they start assisting patrons? Check out the following handouts, videos, and online resources and you’ll be an expert in no time!

Would you like in-person training and a live demo for library staff at your library? Contact the IHLS E-book Trainer/Coordinator, Lesley Zavediuk at: or 618-656-3216, to set up a session.

RAILS also has several opportunities for you to learn more about the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 platform. Check out the “Upcoming Events” section below for more details.

Opening Day Collection:
The eRead Illinois Project Team is working hard to create an impressive and diverse opening day collection in the 3M Cloud Library. We’ve already added over 2,000 titles! To view the list of titles we’ve accumulated so far, click here. Did we miss an important title? Disappointed you don’t see something specific? Send your suggestions to Lesley ( and we’ll add them to the list!

For more information regarding the opening day collection in the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 platform, please contact Veronda Pitchford at:

Upcoming Events:

  • Libraries participating in the Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Shared Collection (RAILS & non-SHARE members) are invited to attend an informational session and a live demo of Axis 360 on October 30, 2013, from 2 – 4 pm at the Lincoln library in Springfield Illinois. Register in L2 today!
  • RAILS and non-Share member libraries also have the opportunity to attend the following webinar:
  • SHARE Libraries are invited to attend a live 3M Cloud Library training session at the Fairview Heights Public Library on November 7.  There are four one-hour sessions at the following times:

Sign up for the time that works best for you and your staff. Register in L2 by clicking on the links above. Special thanks to Jill Pifer (Director, Fairview Heights Public Library) for offering her space for these important trainings!

E-books are coming and we’re getting really excited! Stay tuned for even more eRead Illinois updates and information in the coming weeks. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have and we will be happy to answer them!