January 25, 2021

American Library Association E-books Taskforce Continues Open Dialogue With HarperCollins

Full Text of an ALA Announcement:

The American Library Association (ALA) Chair Bonnie Tijerina today released the following statement, thanking HarperCollins for attending the taskforce’s business meeting during ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The discussion followed HarperCollins’ February announcement of its current policy under which new titles licensed from library e-book vendors are restricted to 26 circulations. The license then expires.

“HarperCollins has had previous discussions with libraries about e-books, and this type of open dialogue is valued by our members and contributes to the overall understanding of the e-book environment. We hope our discussion will serve as a model for conversations with other stakeholders,” Tijerina said.

“One important outcome of our discussion is that HarperCollins will contribute to the E-books Taskforce’s series of answers to frequently asked questions sent to the taskforce from ALA members that cover issues from basic questions about e-book readers to specific questions about licensing. Our taskforce released its first FAQ addressing questions (PDF) from public libraries and will release more to address questions from school and academic libraries. HarperCollins’ contribution will give the publisher’s perspective.

HarperCollins understands that public libraries value sharing information and has expressed to us a commitment to providing models that ensure this information-sharing can continue. Libraries know publishers are seeking viable economic models so that they can continue to provide the kind of resources that the public expects at their libraries. We look forward to continuing this open dialogue so that libraries can offer the public the enhanced services available through the emerging technologies in today’s e-book environment.

Direct to “Frequently Asked E-book Questions from Public Librarians”
Prepared by the OITP E-book Task Force

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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