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Purpose: Provides a regular forum for discussion and to meet at Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings. Core represents a large segment of libraries and can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the ebook landscape evolves. Core welcomes any type of library or library agency, as well as consortia, to join this group.

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Digital Audiobooks in Libraries Article

  • 1.  Digital Audiobooks in Libraries Article

    Posted Apr 08, 2021 01:39 PM

    Hi, all

    Dianne Coan, Carmi Parker, Cathy Mason and I recently published an article in Computers in Libraries on digital audio with a four-fold aim:

    • A better understanding of the e-audiobook pricing and licensing models available under different vendors

    • An understanding of which of the big publishers offers better terms

    • Actionable steps readers can take to continue learning

    • Actionable steps readers can take to advocate for improvements.

    If interested, find it here.

    If you like, let me know what you think off-list.

    Michael Blackwell (

    From: Stephen Spohn via ALA Connect <>
    Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:04 AM
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    Subject: RE: Core Ebooks IG : April 20 2021 Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting
    Greetings all, We wanted to remind everyone about the Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting coming up in April and to begin recruitment for interest... -posted to the "Core Ebooks Interest Group" community
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    Stephen Spohn
    Mar 18, 2021 6:04 AM
    Stephen Spohn
    Greetings all,

    We wanted to remind everyone about the Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting coming up in April and to begin recruitment for interest group leadership.  See below!

    April 20 Meeting
    2 to 3:30 pm ET / 1 to 2:30 pm CT / noon to 1:30 pm MT / 11 to 12:30 pm PT 

    Please send your proposed agenda items to and  On the agenda so far:

    1. Ebook Update from Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC)

    2. Focus Areas for the Interest Group
    Steve Spohn from Ocean State Libraries (Rhode Island) will share a brief summary of the introductions from the February meeting along and encourage a discussion on potential next steps.  There were 15 introductions highlighting the following focus areas:
    • Licensing models and pricing - 10 votes
    • SimplyE mobile app for ebooks - 6 votes
    • Research and data analysis - 5 votes
    • Curation and the patron experience with digital books - 4 votes  (Arguably related to SimplyE.)
    • Accessibility of digital content and platforms - 3 votes.  (Connect with the efforts of the DAISY Consortium?)
    • Difficult to find digital content - 1 vote
    Given that there are already groups attending to licensing models/pricing and SimplyE with strong connections to this group, it is suggested that we adopt the next two on the list as our focus areas.  We plan to seek volunteers to lead efforts and to plan for a more substantive discussion of accessibility at our autumn meeting.

    3) Legislative Updates

    4) Other Newsworthy Updates from Attendees

    In addition to this meeting, it is also time for us to recruit a new co-convener for the group.  The co-conveners of the Core Ebooks Interest Group serve for two years in staggered terms.  I should be stepping down this year per Core rules.  (I'd suggest that the autumn meeting TBD would be a good time to "pass the baton" to the next co-convener.)  The co-conveners are jointly responsible for planning meetings and helping the group to focus its energies on ebook concerns/ideas/projects.  The group had been meeting twice a year in-person at the ALA Midwinter and Annual conferences.  While meeting at conference will hopefully resume, we've also moved to add two more interim virtual meetings in April and October to keep up the momentum between conferences... so a total of four meetings each year.  If you are interested in serving as a Co-convener of the Core Ebooks Interest Group, please contact Michael Blackwell at

    Warm wishes to you from your Core Ebooks Interest Group Co-Conveners!
    Michael and Steve

    Michael Blackwell, St. Mary's County Library, Maryland
    Stephen Spohn, Ocean State Libraries, Rhode Island

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    Co-convener, Core Ebooks Interest Group | 978.799.1518 |