eReadIllinois is the name of the soon to be released
Illinois statewide eBook consortium.
And this is the story of how it will work--
at least as we've planned it to date!
Having received a very generous grant from the Illinois State Library for the development of a statewide eBook Consortium, the working group (made up of staff from IHLS & RAILS member libraries and staff) quickly figured out that one consortium for all of Illinois was not going to work. As a result, we proposed to develop the consortium with three prongs or branches. IHLS SHARE members will be utilizing a 3M Cloud platform, since 3M works seamlessly with Polaris--but more on that a little later. RAILS member libraries will be utilizing Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 platform, and have graciously suggested that the IHLS non-SHARE members can participate in their prong or branch of eReadIllinois. The third prong is a "home grown" model, which will feature Illinois authors and publishers--but development of that portion of the program is a little bit further down the road.