Wow, what a morning. The best part of this ebook summit has been following the tweets and chats with some incredibly knowledgeable and creative librarians. So many good ideas for ebooks in libraries. My highlights have been on twitter, so feel free to have a look @spolanka or follow the conference at #ebooksummit.
Added to blog post 9/30: There are some addtional summaries of various Summit presentations from the Library Media Diva and the Librarian In Black blogs. Thanks to the folks at LJ for recording some highlights from the session I moderated – Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a new Best Practice.
The most shocking statement thus far was from Eli Neiberger, Associate Director for IT and Production, Ann Arbor District Library, who said quite bluntly, “libraries are screwed.” His presentation went on to discuss how the basic premise of the library business is based on owning and loaning print content and that this format is outmoded. He also said that the value of library collections is in local copy and in a global digital world, the notion of local and copy is worthless. He believes we will survive if we find ways to reinvent ourselves beyond the circulating collections. He suggested that libraries become publishers and bring their local communities to the 21st century world by providing a platform for unique experiences.
All presentations are being archived and will be available beginning next week.