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Effective July 1, 2020, the former Theological Libraries Ebook Lending Project (TLELP) has become an official member program of Atla and is now the Atla E-Book Lending Program (ELP). The ELP will continue as a member benefit program whereby member libraries can elect to utilize the ODILO TK platform to host, lend, and, when authorized by publisher agreement, interlibrary loan e-books to authorized users. Publishers will also continue to enjoy the opportunities afforded by participating in this program.
Started in 2014 by a group of Atla member libraries, the project fulfilled a vision for libraries to purchase and own, rather than license, e-book content. The ELP does not have a central collection development policy. Libraries participating in ELP make independent purchasing decisions based upon the curriculum needs of their institution’s programs of study and the research foci of their faculty and students. Participation in ELP offers member libraries the opportunity to make purchases that will support their own faculty and students and the ability to supplement their own collections with access to material purchased by other libraries that they may not otherwise acquire.
ELP is a member benefit program. All North American Institutional and Affiliate Candidate Libraries may opt-in to participate in this program. Non-member libraries located in North America may also participate; however there is a $1,000 annual fee payable to Atla for non-member libraries. At this time, copyright and licensing restrictions imposed by publishers do not permit participation by any libraries outside of North America.
All participants, regardless of Atla membership status, are responsible for platform fees charged by the host as well as for the purchase of e-book content. For more information on how to participate and a quote for the current year’s platform fees, contact us.
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An advisory council composed of Atla individual member librarians will work with Atla staff to help develop training materials, evaluate available technology, and work with publishers. Additionally, an Atla individual member librarian will serve as Publisher Liaison to facilitate agreements with publishers to make their content available for purchase by participating libraries.
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