Since the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) launched its Online Storytime pilot at the beginning of the year, 115 library services have joined the scheme, generating a pot of more than $50,000 to be distributed to publishers, authors and illustrators.
The pilot enables publishers to grant public libraries permission to use Australian picture books for online storytime sessions, in return for an annual subscription. It follows the popularity of online storytime in Australian public libraries last year, during the lockdown period, when families couldn’t attend in-person storytimes.
The first quarterly report shows more than 290 recordings, 17,000 views, and, in addition to the subscription fee, sales of 965 books to libraries participating in the program. One publisher has sold more than 200 copies of their titles on the list.
ALIA has received positive feedback from public libraries registered for the pilot:
‘We thank everyone for making this opportunity available so that we can continue to offer online services,’ said a representative from a South Australian library.
Similarly, a librarian in Victoria said, ‘We are so appreciative to have this program. Thanks to everyone involved.’
Interested public libraries and publishers can still register to participate in the pilot. Please email email@example.com or ring 02-6215 8225.
The report can be read on the ALIA website.