From the Letter:
The American Library Association (ALA) urges the Rhode Island General Assembly to adopt 2022—S 2842. This legislation would add Chapter 59, “Electronic Book Licenses to Libraries and Schools” to Title 6—Commercial Law—General Regulatory Provisions.
ALA is the primary national association for the 117,000 libraries across the United States. ALA collaborates closely with the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) to advocate for policies to ensure that information and technology are accessible to everyone through libraries, in Rhode Island and across the country.
The Need for Legislation
The legislation is intended to enable libraries to continue in the digital age to fulfill their mission of providing the public with access to information—for everyone. Libraries in Rhode Island increasingly are providing Rhode Island residents with access to digital books. In particular, older residents, people with disabilities, and people with mobility challenges find digital books more accessible and manageable than print books.
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