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As originally published in American Libraries E-content blog:

As originally posted on American Libraries E-content blog http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content/open-letter-america-s-publishers

"The following open letter was released by ALA President Maureen Sullivan regarding the refusal of Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin to provide access to their ebooks in USlibraries:

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Event DECLINED: Digital Content Working Group Update (ALA OITP)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

The Digital Content Working Group will update on issues related to ebook and other digital content.

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Event ALA and E-books: Prospects and Directions for 2013

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

How is ALA addressing the challenges with e-books? Sari Feldman (Cuyahoga County Public Library), Bob Wolven (Columbia University), and Alan Inouye (ALA OITP) discuss the work of the Digital Content Working Group – from reports produced to discussions with publishers in New York and more. Policy strategies and priorities for 2013 will be illuminated through a panel (to be announced) of leading experts and practitioners from the e-book publishing ecosystem.

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Event Subgroup 6 (outreach) conference call

by Marijke Visser (staff) on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 08:18 am

This will be the first meeting of the publick outreach and education subcommittee.

Agenda:

1.      Call for volunteer chair

2.      Discussion of subgroup focus

3.      Actions/projects/priorities and timeline

4.      Discussion of adding subgroup members, but not to exceed a total of 12 subgroup members

 

Event ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group: Update and Future Directions

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Come hear about the latest ALA-wide developments on ebooks and other digital content issues of most concern to the library community. Sari Feldman (Cuyahoga County Public Library) and Robert Wolven (Columbia University), co-chairs of the Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries, lead a panel addressing these developments, including an update of where ALA stands with respect to ebooks, publishers, and content distributors. Critical digital content issues for the future will also be discussed.

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Come hear about the latest ALA-wide developments on ebooks and other digital content issues of most concern to the library community. Sari Feldman (Cuyahoga County Public Library) and Robert Wolven (Columbia University), co-chairs of the Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries, lead a panel addressing these developments, including an update of where ALA stands with respect to ebooks, publishers, and content distributors. Critical digital content issues for the future will also be discussed.

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Event Digital Content Subgroup 2 - Digitization and Library Created Content (ALA)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Subgroup 2 focuses on library enabled and produced content. It is a subgroup of the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group.

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Event subgroup 1 (licensing) conference call

by Marijke Visser (staff) on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

The licensing subgroup will be holding it's first meeting to discuss:

1.      Call for volunteer chair

2.      Discussion of subgroup focus

3.      Actions/projects/priorities and timeline

4.      Discussion of adding subgroup members, but not to exceed a total of 12 subgroup members

 

Event subgroup 5 (library education) conference call

by Marijke Visser (staff) on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

This will be the first meeting of the library education subgroup

Agenda:

1.      Call for volunteer chair

2.      Discussion of subgroup focus

3.      Actions/projects/priorities and timeline

4.      Discussion of adding subgroup members, but not to exceed a total of 12 subgroup members

 

Event CANCELLED Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries Meeting II (ALA)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 01:07 am

This will be the second face-to-face meeting of the new Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries, appointed by ALA President Molly Raphael in fall 2011.

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Event Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries Meeting I (ALA)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

This will be the first face-to-face meeting of the new Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries, appointed by ALA President Molly Raphael in fall 2011.

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Supporting the “Transformation” of libraries is a priority of the Association’s 2015 Strategic Plan, and the rapid shift from print to digital content is one of the more dramatic developments now transforming libraries of all types.

New digital forms of information offer rich and extraordinary opportunities for libraries to expand community access to information and to revolutionize in positive ways the relationship between libraries and users. At the same time, these new forms of digital content pose new challenges.

As libraries struggle to meet the challenges of providing digital content in an environment characterized by significant uncertainty and changing on a daily basis, there is a need for an Association-wide group of experts, broadly representative of the many constituencies within the library community, that can proactively address these digital content opportunities and issues at the highest level and from both a policy and practical perspective.

To this end, the ALA Working Group on Libraries and Digital Content is charged to:

  • Advise the Association regarding opportunities and issues related to libraries and digital content and the provision of equitable access to digital content for all.
  • Explore, analyze and share information on various options for  expanding access to digital content for libraries and  the public  and for overcoming legal, technological, policy and economic barriers to equitable access
  • Suggest information and training that would be of use to librarians so that they can make informed choices, serve as advocates for digital access, and design and support digital services.
  • Advise the Association on efforts to increase public awareness and understanding of issues related to access to digital content and the challenges to/role of libraries in providing equitable access to digital resources.
  • Assist in the identification of strategies to influence decision makers—whether government officials, publishers, other information service providers, interest groups, and others—to effect changes that would assist libraries in better serving their communities.
  • Address specific issues such as Business Models, Accessibility, Privacy, Education for the Library Community, Public Outreach and Publisher/Service Provider Relations through working subcommittees, bringing in other experts and advisors as appropriate.
  • Serve as formal liaisons to various ALA and ALA affiliate groups (examples would include the divisions, round tables, ethnic affiliates, and ALA Accessibility Assembly).
  • As appropriate, reach out to other organizations and experts in other fields in order to better understand the broad technological, social and economic environments and trends and their potential impact on libraries

 

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