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Development of Geodesity has been funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2013).


Project Overview, Description, and History

Project Contributors

Project Documents

slides from our presentation at NTLP's 2012 TechNet conference

slides from our presentation on Adobe Content Server at the Texas Library Association 2012 Annual Assembly


Recent Status Updates

May 2013

The Geodesity project has been transferred to Amigos Library Services.  See the announcement in the NTLP Blog for more details


April 2013

NTLP has announced that it will cease operations due to lack of funding as of the end of April, 2013; however, the Geodesity project has some funds remaining in its budget to continue for a short while past that date, during which the project could be transferred to another parent entity, if possible.  While we explore that path, efforts will be focused on documenting and archiving the current work.

March 2013

The NTLP eBook Distribution Platform, now named Geodesity, continues to move forward after a change of staff.  The original architect and visionary, Paul Waak, has left NTLP to pursue other interests. The new project manager is Alicia Holston, who will be assisted on the software development side by systems librarian Gwyneth Duncan.

Founding Libraries

The following libraries have invested in Geodesity's start-up:

Alvarado Public Library in Alvarado, Texas
Benbrook Public Library in Benbrook, Texas
Betty Foster Public Library in Ponder, Texas
Burleson Public Library in Burleson, Texas
Fort Worth Library in Fort Worth, Texas
Grapevine Public Library in Grapevine, Texas
Kennedale Public Library in Kennedale, Texas
Lake Cities Library in Lake Dallas, Texas
Sanger Public Library in Sanger, Texas



(as projected in January 2013)

March – April 2013 Complete phase I software customization & testing; configure & test SIP connections for patron authentication; training of library staff; content acquisition, cataloging & loading
May – August 2013 Libraries lend ebooks to patrons; account management, customer service, vendor relations activities; ongoing content acquisition, cataloging & loading; outreach, publication of best practices & lessons learned; negotiations with libraries & publishers to expand participation; gather statistics, evaluate feedback.
June – August 2013 Evaluate library & patron satisfaction.
August 2013 Accept libraries for 2nd wave.  Configure & test SIP connections; train new library staff.
September 2013 –
August 2014
Ongoing operations tasks such as account management, customer service, vendor relations. technology monitoring & maintenance, content acquisition, cataloging & loading; gathering statistics & evaluating feedback; capture of best practices / lessons learned; outreach to libraries & publishers to increase participation.
October 2013 2nd wave of libraries begin lending ebooks to patrons
October 2013 With library input, select phase II enhancements such as support for leasing digital content, support for lease-to-own digital content, support for circulation without DRM,  enhanced content to assist with discovery and readers' advisory, cosmetic improvements to patron interface.
November 2013  - February 2014 Design, implement, test phase II enhancements.
March 2014 Accept libraries for 3rd wave. Configure & test SIP connections; train new library staff.
April 2014 With library input, select phase III enhancements.
May 2014 3rd  wave of libraries begin lending ebooks to patrons.
May - August 2014 Design, implement, test phase III enhancements
September -
October 2014
Project evaluation, Publication of 2nd year findings for Best Practices / Lessons Learned.


NTLP eBook Project

(initial announcement - March, 2012)

We live in a time of rapid evolution in how the elements of our culture -- our writing, music, speech, and video -- are distributed to the public. In this changing environment publishers and libraries alike must learn new ways to continue what we do best: create and preserve our culture. Publishers imbue the elements of our culture with a level of quality that would be otherwise unattainable, quality that makes cultural preservation and democratization by libraries worth while.

NTLP proposes a new protocol for distributing information in electronic form through libraries. In short, NTLP requests that publishers sell and lease access to ebooks and other media to libraries for use by the library's users. These libraries will subcontract NTLP to manage user access as well as the contracts with publishers. The proposed protocol is outlined in our Statement of Common Understanding for Library Use of Electronic Content (an MOU without signatures) and portrayed in our Example of How a Library Could Lend Electronic Content.

We presently have 18 libraries ready to spend $125,000 on ebooks and will go live with this new platform October 1, 2012. Please contact Paul Waak if you are a publisher and would like to include your ebooks.