Saturday, January 8th, ALA’s Washington Office is presenting, Turning the Page on E-books, a moderated discussion on the challenges and opportunities for libraries and their patrons from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Convention Center, Room 02. Panelists and speakers include: Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive; Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Sources (huge contributor to the COSLA Report); Rich Weingarten, information technology and policy consultant, and Sue Polanka, moderator of No Shelf Required. Come and join the discussion.
COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, conducted a study on the future of eBooks and eBook readers in public library. Their findings and suggestions:
- low cost, library friendly devices will not be a problem
- improve library purchasing power through consortia
- pursue eReader certification by libraries
- investigate discovery services like Internet Archive’s Book Server
- be champions of self-publishing and feature these offerings in collections
- research pricing/sales to determine that library eBooks are not a threat to a publisher’s bottom line
- gain awareness of copyright and fair use issues that may threaten their services
- repurpose their space (less print titles) and consider new services
The COSLA eReader Task Force was led by Oregon State Librarian Jim Scheppke. Other members were California State Librarian Stacey Aldrich, Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler, and Massachusetts State Librarian, Rob Maier. They worked with Eva Miller of Pinpoint Logic, a Portland-based research and design consulting firm, and Tom Peters of TAP Information Services, and Kansas-based library consulting firm.
Hat tip to Resource Shelf