In 2020, in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic and in response to the growing need for electronic materials, the ICfL embarked on a quest to find a way to supplement e-book and e-audio materials already available in public and school libraries. While a true statewide access collection was our wish, the cost for this service and the presence of existing OverDrive use throughout the state made it impossible. With the feedback of an Advisory Group and after investigating several service models, the ICfL chose to contract with OverDrive to create a collection which is available to school districts/libraries and to public libraries with existing OverDrive service. These materials will also be available to 280,000 Idahoans living outside of a public library service area. Unfortunately, OverDrive restricts academic libraries from participating in this statewide service.
Public libraries without OverDrive collections are encouraged to reach out to Dylan Baker at email@example.com to explore ways of gaining access.
The collection began with $179,278 in LSTA funds and Cares Act funds, with requests made to several other funding sources. The ICfL is committed to supporting student learning and therefore is initially dedicating 75% of the IDEA collection to children, juvenile and teen titles.
The ICfL Electronic Resources policies related to this collection include: