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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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Online Doc Ebook business models

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 04:06 pm

A primary area of focus for ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group has been on ebook business models that are favorable to public libraries.  A business model essential is the library’s ability to retain a copy of an ebook file, lend an ebook, and transfer the ebook to another platform.  Beyond this principle, what other attributes would libraries consider in a licensing arrangement with publishers?

A primary area of focus for ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group has been on ebook business models that are favorable to public libraries.  A business model essential is the library’s ability to retain a copy of an ebook file, lend an ebook, and transfer the ebook to another platform.  Beyond this principle, what other attributes would libraries consider in a licensing arrangement with publishers? “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries” describes those terms librarians should examine in licenses - both good and bad – when acquiring ebooksFor more information, contact dcwg-input@ala.org.     

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Online Doc Conference call minutes from the Business Models subgroup - June 7, 2013

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

Discussion on interlibrary loan, need for central platform.

Online Doc Conference call minutes from the Business Models subgroup - June 7, 2013

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

Discussion on interlibrary loan, need for central platform.

Online Doc DCWG Business Model - conference call May 10, 2013

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 03:00 pm

Good meeting, includes discussion of the one book projects and licensing.

Online Doc Conference call minutes from the Business Models subgroup - April 12, 2013

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 03:52 pm

Short meeting today!

Online Doc Conference call minutes from the Business Models subgroup

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 04:42 pm

Topics include One Book project and Penguin decision to sell to libraries; also preferred business model.

Online Doc Business Model subgroup conference call

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 04:27 pm

Conference call from March 1

Online Doc Conference call minutes from Business Models Subgroup

by Carrie Russell (staff) on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 04:13 pm

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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