A new 3.5 minute video containing a “special message” from ALA President Maureen Sullivan provides an update on where the “organization stands” regarding ebooks and digital content in libraries.
Selected Highlights from the Video:
“We have established ALA as an important player in addressing the various changes in the digital content ecosystem.”
“We will continue to provide leadership in this arena but we invite you to join us.”
How can you help?
- Participate in meetings at ALA Midwinter 2013
- Visit/Read the American Libraries e-Content Blog
- Know About/Use ALA E-Book Communications Toolkit
- Coming Soon on ALA Web Site: A Scorecard For Business Models in the Digital Content Arena
- Likely Opportunities for Us to “Support Self-Publishing and Get Libraries ‘Engaged’ in Self Publishing”
- This is a Time of “Significant Transformation”
Sullivan states, “We have established ALA as an important player in addressing the various changes in the digital content ecosystem.”
If libraries are seen as important player by others outside of the library world (some might disagree with this statement), I do hope ALA takes a moment and tries to figure out why it took this long for this to happen. eBooks and digital content didn’t appear overnight sometime in 2011-2012 and the relationships that ALA is building today should have been built over many years beginning many years ago.
My point in making this comment is not as a complaint but to make sure that future changes brought on by new technology, new types of content, etc. are seen early and ALA begins working with these companies and organizations from the outset. As we’ve said many times, ALA must become more proactive vs. reactive.