January 28, 2022

Video: “Library E-book Platforms: An Update” (DPLAfest 2016 Panel Discussion)

The panel discussion embedded below was recorded at DPLAFest 2016 (Digital Public Library of America) in Washington DC on April 14, 2016. The discussion runs 55 minutes.


Library E-book Platforms: An Update

Description (via DPLAfest Web Site)

Library ebook stakeholders convened at DPLAfest 2015 to collaborate and address the challenges ebooks present to libraries. What does the library ebook ecosystem look like one year later? What progress have we made, and where can we continue to disrupt? During this session, we will discuss the goals and states of both library-owned platforms and consortial solutions, innovative technologies, and the possibility of a “national ebook platform.”


Michelle Bickert is e-book program manager at DPLA, where works on e-book strategy and serves as the primary point person for service development and community engagement. Bickert was previously digital content coordinator for the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, where she helped launch the statewide e-book platform “Reading Arizona” and managed the Arizona Memory Project.

Micah May is director of business development for the New York Public Library.

Christine Peterson is service manager at Amigos Library Services for eShelf, an e-book platform for libraries.

Gregory Pronevitz is executive director of the Massachusetts Library System.

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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.