From the press release:
NetGalley today announced the official launch of a new member benefit program for librarians, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA). ALA members who sign up to request digital galleys from NetGalley can now add their ALA member number to their profile, to speed request approval and access to upcoming titles. NetGalley’s catalog currently includes new titles from over 140 publishers, and galleys can be read securely on all major reading devices and tablets.
NetGalley also announced the launch of a new online, email and social media program, NetGalley at the Library, where publishers can highlight upcoming titles or library promotions to NetGalley members.
In preparation for this announcement, NetGalley is conducting a survey about librarian reading habits and use of digital devices for reading and recommending. Over 1,000 librarians have already shared their views, and early results indicate that librarians are indeed digital readers (over 85% of survey respondents indicate that they read digitally). The survey will remain open until the end of ALA Midwinter [click http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/nonNGlib to take the survey], with results published in early February.
Susan Ruszala, President of NetGalley, commented, “NetGalley has always been a huge supporter of libraries. It is our belief that in allowing NetGalley members to display their ALA credentials, ALA members will receive approvals for new titles faster and more frequently. In addition, this partnership will introduce more ALA members to NetGalley as a free resource for gaining early digital access to upcoming titles from participating publishers.”
“The American Library Association is pleased to work with NetGalley to offer this new benefit for ALA members,” Cathleen Bourdon, Associate Executive Director for Communications and Member Relations stated. “This program will help our 57,000 members use digital galleys to preview more upcoming titles, and make more informed purchasing decisions for their collections.”
Over 7,000 librarians are already members of the NetGalley community. In total, there are currently over 47,000 professional readers (reviewers, media, bloggers, librarians, booksellers, and educators) registered at NetGalley.