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  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the authors

One Country One Library (OCOL) is an idea to turn countries into open digital libraries via geographic coordinates and to measure the impact of reading materials in each country. The platform, available as a web and mobile application, houses all types of materials, including books, academic journals, general articles, short stories, and guides. It serves as a digital reading room, a self-publishing platform, a learning tool, an information kiosk for tourists, and a powerful new evaluator of the materials’ performance and reader activities. Publishers are paid a participation fee per country and supplied with detailed analytics showing each publication’s score and impact. This issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 56, no. 7) sheds light on the idea as well as on the technology and the business model designed to make the idea sustainable for participating countries, libraries, publishers, authors, and organizations. The goal of the report is to present the OCOL idea in its simplicity as well as its complexity and to encourage librarians and other book professionals to consider building open national digital libraries that serve the needs of the widest possible range of users.

Chapter 1—Introduction 

  • Acknowledgments 
  • One Country One Library: The Idea 
  • Why the Library of Croatia? 

Chapter 2—The OCOL Platform 

  • Features 
  • Content 
  • Pockets 
  • Profiles     
  • Analytics 

Chapter 3—Users and Readers 

  • General Users 
  • Elementary and High Schools 
  • Colleges and Universities 
  • Tourists and Visitors 

Chapter 4—Publishers and Authors 

  • Business Model 
  • Technical Aspects 
  • Self-Publishing 
  • Impact Score

Chapter 5—Libraries and Partners 

  • Sponsorship Defined     
  • The Roles of Libraries 
  • Future Prospects

Mirela Roncevic

Mirela Roncevic has served as a consultant for a range of publishers and libraries and partnered with companies creating new digital opportunities for publishers, authors, readers, educators, and librarians. She has also contributed articles, reports, book reviews, and short stories to numerous magazines and has served as managing editor of several book series and journals. Editorial Director of No Shelf Required, an award-winning portal on e-books and digital content, she is also the founder of the One Country, One Library initiative, which supports the creation of national libraries that provide free access to books and other content to all people inside a country’s borders for the purpose of bridging digital divides, equalizing access to education, enabling reading, and spreading literacy.

Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication here.