RIO GRANDE — The Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis is branching out, so to speak.
It has expanded its digital services to the University of Rio Grande campus with the introduction of OverDrive Media Station, an in-library discovery tool that allows visitors to browse and sample the Library’s digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video from an interactive touchscreen monitor. Library patrons can send any title they discover using OverDrive Media Station to their favorite device for checkout using a QR code, email or SMS text message.
“Bossard Library is pleased to have a presence on the University of Rio Grande campus through the Overdrive Media Station,” Debbie Saunders, Bossard Library director, said. “The placement of this kiosk in Davis Library (on the URG campus) aligns with (Bossard Library’s) commitment to expanding library services beyond the walls of our physical location on Spruce Street in Gallipolis. This touch-screen kiosk serves as a ‘billboard’ for a service that is already accessible to all Bossard Library cardholders, as patrons can access this content from the library website at www.bossardlibrary.org.”
Users simply browse the library’s website, borrow titles with a valid library card, and enjoy their selections on all major devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets and Kindle. E-Books can be read immediately on any device with an Internet browser and all titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so patrons do not have to worry about incurring overdue fees.
“We’re very excited about this partnership with the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library,” Amy Wilson, interim director of URG’s Davis Library, said. “Making our community aware of all the wonderful resources they have freely available to add to their quality of life is very important to us.”
Wilson also shared information about another resource, OhioLINK, also available through Davis Library.
“OhioLINK is Ohio’s consortium of Ohio academic libraries. This resource-sharing network works cooperatively to provide Ohio students, faculty and citizens with the best scholarly information available so that they may achieve their goals and aspirations.
“We also want to remind members of the larger community that while OhioLINK services and resources are primarily scholarly in nature and geared for research purposes, anyone may use these valuable electronic databases or eBooks when visiting campus,” Wilson said. “Copyright laws and licensing agreements may limit off-campus access to these resources to only Rio Grande students, faculty and staff, but that doesn’t mean people can’t come to see us and use them in person. We very much welcome community patrons.”
In addition to providing training on the use of the Overdrive Media Station, staff of Bossard Library recently visited the Rio campus to register students and faculty for public library cards. University of Rio Grande President Dr. Michelle Johnston eagerly registered for her Bossard Library card during the staff’s campus visit.
For more information on obtaining a Bossard Library card or the Ohio Digital Library, contact the Bossard staff at (740) 446-7323.