The Connecticut State Library’s Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD) created an ebook task force charged with examining library practices and license agreements, exploring issues of ebook compliance with Connecticard regulations, investigating the possibility of a state-wide ebook cooperative, and generating some best practice recommendations for Connecticut libraries looking to purchase ebook content.
From the Report:
The state library is already partnering with Library Renewal, a nonprofit organization seeking to create a new infrastructure for ebook purchasing and delivery for libraries. The task force wholeheartedly endorses this partnership and hopes Library Renewal can provide Connecticut with a path to ebook autonomy.
Ebook usage has been expanding at an unprecedented rate, and the challenge to libraries to meet the demands of their users is matching the pace of ebook growth. It is clear that the publishing industry is in a state of uncertainty and flux, and seems to be unconcerned about the impact of its policies and market offerings on those who depend on the library for their access to content. It is the recommendation of the task force that its work be continued for at least a second year in order for ACLPD to monitor developments in the ebook arena, as well as allow the task force to suggest further ways in which Connecticut can react to the issues of statewide ebook access.
Hat Tip: Steven C.