Edmonton’s City Council Votes to Help Edmonton Public Library Fight For Better Access to E-Books
From the CBC:
[Edmonton] City council passed a motion Tuesday to lobby the federal government to help break down barriers to accessing digital content for library users across the country.
Edmonton joins Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, and several other municipalities who want the federal government to investigate the problems multinational publishers are posing for libraries when it comes to accessing digital content, particularly electronic books.
“What’s happening now is that we have major multinational publishers or major corporations are making choices that are affecting our ability to provide that equal access,” Sharon Day, the executive director of branch services and collections, told council Tuesday.
“[The cost] impacts those members of our society who are most vulnerable to not having that information,” Day told CBC News.
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See Also: Cost of Ebooks, Audiobooks ‘not A Sustainable Model’ For Canadian Libraries, Council Says (via Global News; December 17, 2018)
Video: Interview with Sharon Day
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.