STEUBENVILLE - The online e-book system for the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County was discussed during Friday's luncheon meeting of the city Rotary Club at the city YWCA.
Ralph Parissi, branch manager and technology coordinator for the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, told members the future of the library is now with its expansive e-book loaning system, which is available through its website at www.steubenvillelibrary.org. Parissi said the system currently includes more than 22,000 titles available for viewing through a variety of delivery systems, including PCs, Apple products, e-tablets and even Amazon.com's Kindle.
"We also offer e-books (online)," said Parissi. "Anything you can buy, we can offer it."
ROTARY GUEST — Ralph Parissi, branch manager and technology coordinator for the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, discussed the library’s online e-book system during Friday’s luncheon meeting of the Steubenville Rotary Club at the Steubenville YWCA. - Mark Miller
Parissi said more than 44,000 people have so far used the system, which is accessible to those with library cards. He added the website also includes audio books, which can be downloaded for playback on portable mp3 players.
The e-library works just like loaning a book from the library, Parissi said, with a search engine for titles, authors and subjects on the website similar to the library's card catalog. The library has so many e-books it has the right to loan at any one time. If a book is being read by another patron, it can be reserved, and once it's available, the user will be notified by e-mail, Parissi said. Once notified the reader has three days to "check out" the book and up to three weeks to complete it. Some titles are always available, while others are for a limited number of viewings, he added.
"We have some books that are just for use with the Kindle," he said, adding the library purchases the licensing rights for the e-book to be read for a certain number of times. "We also have music on the site, although it's limited. We have movies, although they are limited to mostly documentaries, concerts and independent films."
Users also can purchase books through the library system, which raises revenue for the library, allowing it to purchase the rights to more e-books, said Parissi. The library also has a catalog of Disney-related books that are interactive and available all the time, he said.
The library also hosts "tech days," where patrons can call and reserve a time to learn about how to use the delivery systems from a library official at the Schiappa branch. Parissi said there is an added bonus to the system as well.
"You will never pay an overdue fine for an e-book," he said.