Core Ebooks Interest Group

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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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  • 1.  Ebook Fridays Return

    Posted Oct 27, 2021 10:10 AM

    Hello, everyone,


    At our Zoom meeting last Wednesday, the participants agreed that if ALA Annual 2022 is in-person, they would like to see Ebooks Friday come back. What is Ebooks Friday?  For several years before the pandemic, this group reserved a room for most of the Friday before the conference for first us and then other interested groups to meet. ReadersFirst, SimplyE, etc. held open forums that anyone interested in library digital discussion groups could attend to meet others, keep up with happenings, and plan activities/advocacy.


    The call for pre-conference meetings hasn't come yet  When it does, I shall ask for a room.


    If you would like to have a digital-content related meeting for a certain group of stakeholders-for example, consortial ebooks interest members, Joint Digital Content Working Group, whatever-let me know and we'll get something scheduled.


    We'll plan for this group to meet that day.  If the conference is in-person, we shall still try to offer a virtual attendance option since a number of people have raised concerns about getting funding to attend in-person


    All best,





    Michael Blackwell

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  • 2.  RE: Ebook Fridays Return

    Posted Oct 28, 2021 11:08 AM

    I would definitely be interested in a consortial eBooks interest group meeting, to continue the conversation about topics of interest specifically to consortia.


    At this point, I am unsure as to whether I would attend in person or virtually.






    Will Stuivenga (he, him, his)

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  • 3.  RE: Ebook Fridays Return

    Posted Oct 28, 2021 12:13 PM

    Thanks, Will.  I will set aside time for a consortial group meeting when the opportunity comes up.  We will work out some way to offer virtual attendance since so many are concerned about finding funding to attend.