Extending access to e-books for public libraries: New strategies
A webinar discussing recent research and data around public library e-book purchasing and exploring strategies being developed around public policy, data collection and the library’s value in the e-book supply chain.
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Access to e-books is one of the most important issues facing public libraries today. With a planning grant (The Big Shift) funded by IMLS, OCLC has gathered recent research and data around public library e-book purchasing to aid the discussion and inform public library leaders who are assessing tactics for extending e-book access.
A January 2013 convening of public library leaders from across the U.S. resulted in a set of strategies that they have agreed to pursue. The strategies include public policy, data collection and clearly defining the library’s value in the e-book supply chain, and outlining how libraries themselves can become vital participants in the emerging models for content creation and delivery. We will talk about how these strategies are progressing, how this work fits with other initiatives to extend e-book access, and we’ll touch on how you can get involved with these efforts.
Presented by: Jennifer Pearson, OCLC Community Relations Programs Manager
Start time: 1:00 Eastern / 10:00 Pacific
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- 21 Book Publishing Predictions for 2013: Indie Ebook Authors Take Charge, Mark Coker, Huffington Post, 12/23/12
- E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines, Lee Rainie and Maeve Duggan, Pew Internet, 12/27/12 and other Pew research on E-books
- IFLA E-Lending Background Paper (PDF)
- Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries 2012, Library Journal (complete form to receive free report)
- OverDrive & Big (Private) Data, Michael Kelley, Library Journal, March 11, 2013
- Seattle, Ebooks, and #ALAMW13: Cloudy with Drizzle, but Better Weather Ahead, Sari Feldman, American Libraries, 2/4/13
- Related areas on WebJunction: E-Readers & Other Mobile Devices and Digital Inclusion
- Urban Libraries Council eBooks Briefing Paper and Summary
- Shared in Chat:
This graphic represents the responses by webinar attendees when asked: "If you had $100 to spend on these strategies– how would you spend it?" They divided $100 among the following strategies.
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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]
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