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eBooks: an ALA Emerging Issue
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eBooks: an ALA Emerging Issue

Ebooks raise many practical as well as policy issues including — but not limited to — copyright and first sale doctrine, licensing and terms of use, equitable access to information, privacy and First Amendment concerns.

eBook Resources

PaLA is interested in providing information to members and advocates to raise awareness of the issues that surround eBooks. The links that follow are resources maintained by outside sources. Members may want to post comments and concerns in our forum as well!

Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (ALA) home page

The official blog for the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group contains details on meetings between ALA and publishers

eBooks News, Reports and Statistics from the ALA Emerging Issues web site

Top Libraries in U.S. and Canada Issue Statement Demanding Better Ebook Services - June 5, 2012

  • eBooks for Libraries - the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, in partnership with Library Renewal, is petitioning for wider access to ebooks for libraries
  • Library Renewal - a grassroots, non-profit organization "to further the mission of libraries, primarily as it relates to electronic content”

Public libraries to lead initiative to ensure public access to digital content - July 10, 2012 Announcement

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $99,957 grant to OCLC for a new initiative, "The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change.




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