December 3, 2020

A Connecticut State Library Task Force Publishes White Paper About Ebooks in Libraries

From a WebJunction Connecticut Blog Post by Tom Newman:

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.

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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