A new interview with NYPL’s Jessica Want, Director, Digital Products at New York Public Library, published by the Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee, International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).
From the Introduction to the Interview:
Alongside growing concern in the United States and Canada about the conditions imposed on libraries looking to lend eBooks, there are also efforts to reduce dependency on third party distributors by building ‘library-controlled’ platforms.
The interview consists of seven questions and answers. Here’s one of them.
Q. What will the nationwide platform do?
Want: In short, as a shared nationwide platform, Library Simplified, will unify libraries as a sector to be able to: i) negotiate with vendors and, hopefully, publishers, ii) operate within a simpler, unified eBooks system; iii) re-establish a personal relationship with our own patrons; iv) reclaim ownership of the collections that they have paid for but are very much ‘controlled’ by the vendors; v) pay attention to those patrons with high or special needs, especially those with reading disabilities; and iv) develop a library-centric ‘eReading Room’, where our patrons can discover the pleasure of reading without constant distractions and ‘upselling’ or other promotions.
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