We know there are many of you are not only interested and involved in ebooks and elending issues in your country but are also interested in following the ebooks/elending discussion globally.
So, with that in mind, here are two documents from and via the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).
From the Document: ALIA’s Overachieving Principles
- The best interests of library users are at the centre of our response to ebooks and elending issues.
- Our primary concern is to find elending models that are FAIR – providing our communities with Freedom of Access to Information and Resources.
- Creators (writers and illustrators) and those who add value (agents, publishers, library aggregators, booksellers) must receive appropriate financial reward for their contribution.
- The full extent of the role of libraries in the book industry eco- system needs to be understood and recognised by other stakeholders.
- We are advocates for the Australian book industry in its entirety, supporting our cultural heritage. In an increasingly global ebook market, libraries play a critical role in providing access to Australian content for Australian readers.
- Australian libraries cannot control what is happening in the global ebooks market, but we can have a strong influence on the outcomes, through our relationships with local stakeholders, and by working with the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and colleagues in library associations around the world.
- We will leverage established channels and relationships, and our involvement in book industry bodies. We will not create unnecessary duplication.
Next, a presentation that we think is worthy of your attention.
2. Slide Presentation: “Setting the scene: the E-book landscape”
CEO and State Librarian
State Library of Western Australia
Direct to Slides (43 Slides; PDF)