Thursday, February 21, 2013

One Way To Get Streaming Content from the Library: Ephrata PL Looks to Expand Roku Lending Program - The Digital Shift

One Way To Get Streaming Content from the Library: Ephrata PL Looks to Expand Roku Lending Program - The Digital Shift: One Way To Get Streaming Content from the Library: Ephrata PL Looks to Expand Roku Lending Program
By Matt Enis on February 20, 2013
From Library Journal



A Roku lending program launched last year by Ephrata Public Library (EPL) in Pennsylvania has proven so popular that the library is planning to invest in several more of the media streaming devices in the coming months.

“We’re adding our third and our fourth [soon], and I would say this year, we will probably add six to eight,” said EPL Executive Director Penny Talbert. “There are always holds on them, and they’re circulating for a week.”

EPL purchased two Rokus last Spring at the suggestion of the library’s technology manager. As Talbert noted, the units didn’t require a huge initial investment to try. The basic Roku LT units cost $50. For each unit, the library purchases dedicated subscriptions to Netflix and/or Hulu Plus, which currently cost $7.99 per month each, as well as other content from TED, Allrecipes.com, the BBC, and other sources. Subscriptions are set up so that patrons can’t use EPL’s account to make additional purchases while they have the units. Read more...
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