January 27, 2022

Canada: Ottawa Public Library Wants Readers to Buy Books Through Library Website

From Metroland Media/YourOttawaRegion.com: The Ottawa Public Library wants to become the second library in Canada to let people buy – not just borrow – e-books. On Feb. 11, the library board endorsed a plan to partner with an e-book publisher to put a purchase button for e-books on the library’s website catalogue. It’s a way for […]

Canadian Library and Publisher Groups Release RFI Seeking Partners to Develop Canadian-Made Solution To Improve eBook Access in Libraries

This RFI (request for information) was first posted on June 5th by eBOUND Canada and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. From the CULC: “CULC/CBUC has been involved in a constructive collaboration for over 18 months with members of the broad Canadian publishing community, and we feel that the time is right to seek a Canadian-made […]

Access to Ebooks: Major Libraries in U.S. and Canada Announce ReadersFirst Intiative

From Michael Kelley at LJ/The Digital Shift: Over 70 library systems from the United States and Canada — including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago — today issued a joint statement demanding vastly improved ebook services for library users in North America. The statement, dubbed the ReadersFirst Initiative, outlines four principles the libraries […]

Canadian Public Libraries Looking For Viable "Canadian Alternative" to OverDrive

From Quill and Quire: In the past year, library groups such as CULC [Canadian Urban Libraries Council] have met several times with the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Canadian Publishers’ Council, expressing the urgency of finding “easier ways for our patrons to discover and borrow books, and [have] access to more content,” says de […]