Your Neighbor is a Writer: Curating a Local E-book Collection

A free PLA 2018 post-conference on-demand webinar

Since 2015, Multnomah County (OR) Library has been providing a way for patrons to contribute to its e-book collection, bringing authors visibility while offering compelling local content to its patrons. The Library Writers Project engages with the writing community while promoting library staff as curators of books worth your time. We’ll walk through the project inception and execution, and discuss the place of self-published works in collection development and the role of librarians as tastemakers.

This is the second of two free webinars with content from programs originally scheduled for the PLA 2018 Conference. The two programs were cancelled due to weather-related travel difficulties that prevented the presenters' arrival in Philadelphia for the conference. The first free on-demand webinar, "Conflict as Opportunity: Library Restorative Practices for Youth," is also available.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will:

  • Have a roadmap for doing a similar project at their library;
  • Better understand the ins and outs of adding self-published content to their OverDrive collections; and
  • Understand the value of adding local content to their collections, and the opportunity it provides to collaborate with local authors, and curate and highlight content that patrons will enjoy.

Additional Resources

Who Should Attend

This on-demand webinar is open to everyone interested in exploring issues around adding local e-Book content to their collections. Those who planned to attend the cancelled PLA 2018 program of the same title are especially encouraged to attend.


Kady FerrisKady Ferris is the electronic content librarian for Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR..



This on-demand webinar is free and available 24/7 for your viewing convenience.

How to Register

No registration is required.

Tech Requirements

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Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.


If you have questions or problems accessing a recording, send a message to or call 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).