|County library launches new website today
Sonoma County Library has the beta launch of its new website today.
A team of library staff members with web design experience worked with the Cherry Hill Company, a firm specializing in public library websites, to create the site.
A modern interface will greet visitors to the new “Digital Branch,” so named for its access to all of the amenities of a brick-and-mortar branch – including e-books, downloadable audiobooks, research materials, homework help, and a virtual reference desk. By August, librarians who can answer questions via chat or text will staff the Digital Branch.
Beginning today (June 13) at 10 a.m., visitors to the Library website will be able to use either the old site or the Digital Branch beta site to get library information, search for library materials, place holds on books or view upcoming events. The beta site will offer library users an opportunity to provide feedback about the new site, to ensure that the Digital Branch is as welcoming and accessible as it was designed to be.
One notable addition to the site is a new e-book platform, Enki Library, built and owned by California libraries. Enki has pioneered a new e-book business model that allows libraries to own e-book content, rather than leasing it.
Unlike other e-book services for libraries, e-books on Enki are purchased directly from publishers, including a variety of independent publishers such as Akashic, Independent Publishers Group, McGraw Hill, Poisoned Pen Press, Smashwords and Workman.
Enki will add more than 18,000 e-books to Sonoma County Library’s digital collections. As always, the Library website will feature quick-start guides and instructional videos to help you check out e-books and downloadable audiobooks. Additional assistance is always available via email as well.