Urban Libraries Council Publishes Briefing Paper on Ebooks in Libraries
Posted online today on the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) web site.
1. Two Page Summary (PDF)
2. Complete Briefing Paper: “Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books” (4 pages; PDF)
The documents were prepared by ULC in collaboration with The Hatcher Group, a public affairs communications firm located in Bethesda, MD.
From the ULC Web Site About the Intended Audience:
The paper is aimed squarely at policy makers, and “can be used as resources to educate local, national and civic leaders in your community”.
The key messages in the paper are:
- Equal access to materials
- Publishers’ policies are preventing the public from accessing e-books
- Borrowing e-books from libraries is increasingly popular
- Some book publishers are denying libraries access to e-books, while others significantly overprice titles
The briefing paper is a follow-up to a May 3, 2013 webinar from Urban Libraries Council. You can listen to it here.
Quick Comment From Gary
We were surprised not to find any mention of one or two real-world examples where political leaders/policymakers have shown an interest and TAKEN ACTION to investigate ebook access and pricing as it relates to libraries.
1. In Montgomery County, MD. the county board has passed legislation to investigate ebook/library pricing.
Worth noting, Montgomery County is where The Hatcher Group, the public affairs firm who worked with ULC to prepare and publish the briefing paper is located.
The other example is found in Connecticut where the state legislature has passed and the governor has signed legislation to look into the topic.
- Montgomery County, Maryland Council Passes Resolution Urging Equitable Access to E-Books for County Public Libraries (July 2013)
- Connecticut: Governor Signs eBook-Public Library Availability Study Legislation Into Law (June 2013)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.