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Glen Crest Library Brings E-Books to the Community Through eREAD Illinois Program

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Jean Jeske

Glen Ellyn, IL - The Glen Crest Middle School (Library Information Technology)

LIT Center is participating in the eRead Illinois Program, designed to increase access to e-books across Illinois. Illinois Heartland Library System and Reaching Across Illinois Library System have partnered with the Illinois State Library and Baker & Taylor to provide this access. eRead Illinois is a two year statewide program designed to increase access to e-books for Illinois residents and grow e-book expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents. Initial funding for eRead Illinois was provided by a grant from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White through the Illinois State Library.

Axis 360 is a digital media platform providing libraries ad their patrons with a state-of-the- art system for circulating digital e-books from the eRead Illinois shared collection for Illinois libraries. Patrons at libraries participating in eRead Illinois will have access to cloud-based delivery across a number of devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, NOOK and Sony Reader devices, and many more.

RAILS selected Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 platform for the eRead Illinois grant because of the breadth and depth of available titles, the flexibility of options to meet the diverse needs of our libraries across Illinois and the ADA compliance of the Baker& Taylor Blio ereader. "Equal access for all users in RAILS member libraries is very important to us," said Dee Brennan, Executive Director of Reaching Across Illinois Library System. eRead Illinois's Axis 360 collection will publicly launch on December 16, 2013. For information call Glen Crest at 630-469-5220.