May 25, 2022

"E-Readers Grow; Libraries Can't Get Many Titles"

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“If we’re not allowed to have access to or even allowed the ability to purchase that broad array of titles, what does that mean for the longevity of the library?” asked Trent Garcia, electronic resources librarian for the San Francisco Public Library. “What is our role if we don’t have access to that content?”


“If the companies persist, the library will no longer be a preserver of the cultural record or a provider of community services that assist people who don’t have the money to go out and buy this content,” said Sarah Houghton, the interim director at the San Rafael Public Library who has drawn attention to these issues on her Librarian in Black blog. “We bridge the digital divide and the content divide.”

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.