The third supplement on ebooks and digital content from American Libraries examines both the big picture and the nitty-gritty of libraries and publishing, looking at how libraries are evolving in response to the digital revolution, from taking advantage of opportunities in content creation to advocating for equitable access to ebooks produced by the world’s largest book publishers.
Read it online here or pick up a copy at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the Office for Information Technology Policy programs and in the ALA Membership Pavilion.
- James LaRue, director of Colorado’s Douglas County Libraries system, discusses how libraries canâ€”and shouldâ€”become local community publishers
Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, provides an overall assessment of the library ebook situation
ALA President, Maureen Sullivan, ALA Executive Director, Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy look at how libraries can collaborate, manage, and lead through this period of possibilities.
You can read this supplement in the easy-to-use Zmag web browser format, or download it as a PDF for offline reading. Click here to get started.
Picked this up from the ALA Council listserv:
IFLA is pleased to launch a new set of resources relating to eBooks and libraries. Providing access to eBooks is one of the most pressing issues facing libraries right now. Public libraries, in particular, are dealing with implications of rapidly changing business and access models. IFLA has previously issued a background paper on eLending during 2012, and is now building on this paper to launch a new official policy document ‘IFLA Principles for Library eLending‘ which was endorsed by the Governing Board in February 2013. Continue reading IFLA launches principles, research and advice for eLending in Libraries
American Library Association video, with a special message from ALA President, Maureen Sullivan – E-books and Digital Content
From an ALA Press Release on November 27, 2012
Â As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, â€œWhat can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?â€
To assist libraries in informing the public about e-book lending practices, the American Library Association (ALA) released today the â€œALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit,â€ a set of materials that will support librarians in taking action in their communities.
Developed by the ALAâ€™s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), the toolkit includes op-ed and press release templates for library supporters interested in informing the public of the role that libraries play in building literate and knowledgeable communities. Additionally, the toolkit provides guidance on ways to use the media templates, as well as ALA talking points, e-book data, and public service announcement scripts.
Continue reading ALA launches e-book media & communications toolkit
The e-content blog at American Libraries has a nice summary about the ALA/publisher meetings in New York. Not only does it summarize the meetings, but provides links to many other valuable resources concerning eBooks, public libraries, and pricing.
An open letter to Americaâ€™s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan
September 24, 2012, CHICAGO â€” The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries.
The open letter states:
Itâ€™s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a companyâ€™s product and is told its money is â€œno good here.â€ Surprisingly, after centuries of enthusiastically supporting publishersâ€™ products, libraries find themselves in just that position with purchasing e-books from three of the largest publishers in the world. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have been denying access to their e-books for our nationâ€™s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users.
Letâ€™s be clear on what this means: If our librariesâ€™ digital bookshelves mirrored the New York Times fiction best-seller list, we would be missing half of our collection any given week due to these publishersâ€™ policies. The popular â€œBared to Youâ€ and â€œThe Glass Castleâ€ are not available in libraries because libraries cannot purchase them at any price. Todayâ€™s teens also will not find the digital copy of Judy Blumeâ€™s seminal â€œForever,â€ nor todayâ€™s blockbuster â€œHunger Gamesâ€ series. Continue reading An open letter to Americaâ€™s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan
Andrew Richard Albanese from Publisher’s Weekly wrote a very nice article about life with eBooks in public libraries.Â I have clipped a couple of paragraphs below.Â The fulltext is available on the Publisher’s Weekly site.
Discussions between libraries and the big six publishers over e-book lending have grabbed headlines in 2012, but despite cordial statements from each side about the benefits of communication, a report released this month from the American Library Association suggests the two sides remain far from a breakthrough.
â€œMixedâ€ is how Robert Wolven, associate university librarian at Columbia University, and co-chair of the ALAâ€™s Digital Content Working Group, describes the state of affairs between libraries and publishers. â€œI think the discussions weâ€™ve had demonstrate that weâ€™re not at an impasse,â€ Wolven tells PW. â€œThere are potential paths for exploration and for improving things. But thereâ€™s still a lot of work to be done.â€ Continue reading Life with E-Books
From an OCLC press release:
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 10, 2012â€”The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $99,957 grant to OCLC for a new initiative, â€œThe Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.â€ The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change.
OCLC will partner with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) to review the e-book landscape and jointly develop recommendations for managing the e-book environment, in order to ensure adequate public access to these emerging resources. Continue reading IMLS grant awarded to OCLC to study challenges PL face in providing eBook content
Libraries Thriving is a Collaborative Space for e-Resource Innovation and Information Literacy Promotion. Thinking and doing.Â I had the chance to speak with Laura Warren, Solutions Associate for Credo Reference (a supporter of Libraries Thriving) about the program.Â Our interview is now available on the NSR interviews page.
Here is more information about Libraries Thriving:
With low usage and shrinking budgets, libraries are challenged to justify resource investments now more than ever.Â At the same time, information users are ill prepared to navigate the amount and quality of content on the web.Â This creates a tremendous opportunity for libraries to show that they are well equipped to help users navigate information resources and for users to benefit from this guidance. Continue reading Libraries Thriving Collaborative Space – an interview with Laura Warren of Credo Reference