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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.  April 20 2021 Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting

    Posted Feb 24, 2021 01:32 PM
    Save the Date!

    Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting
    April 20
    2 to 3:30 pm ET
    1 to 2:30 pm CT
    noon to 1:30 pm MT
    11 to 12:30 pm PT

    If you have proposed agenda items to share, please reach out to Michael or me directly.  We'll share the agenda and connection instructions closer to the event.

    Cheers!
    Steve

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    Stephen Spohn (He/Him/His)
    Co-convener, Core Ebooks Interest Group
    sspohnjr@gmail.com | 978.799.1518 | http://poweroflibraries.org/
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  • 2.  RE: April 20 2021 Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting

    Posted Mar 18, 2021 06:04 AM
    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
    https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/91808309456?pwd=d2lVUXlFZi90RVlRbUMzejFxRmdBUT09 

    Please send your proposed agenda items to mblackwell@stmalib.org and sspohnjr@gmail.com.  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

    Recruitment
    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 mblackwell@stmalib.org.

    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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    Stephen Spohn (He/Him/His)
    Co-convener, Core Ebooks Interest Group
    sspohnjr@gmail.com | 978.799.1518 | http://poweroflibraries.org/
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  • 3.  RE: April 20 2021 Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting

    Posted Apr 08, 2021 08:31 PM

    The original ASCGLA group which moved over to CORE was called the "Consortial eBooks Interest Group." In the move from ASCGLA over to CORE, the "consortial" aspect of the group somehow seems to have been lost.

     

    Was this deliberate, or accidental?

     

    It is unfortunate, in my view, as the consortial aspect made the group much more focused, a focus which it has now lost, and seems to be trying to regain, through the listing of interest areas that was conducted through the "introductions" process.

     

    Regards,


    Will

     

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  • 4.  RE: April 20 2021 Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting

    Posted Apr 09, 2021 08:15 AM

    Hi, Will,

     

    I don't know.  I've still been calling it the Consortial Ebooks Interest Group.  Alas, that is not the only way I'm behind the times.

     

    Maybe it was thought the Core Consortial Ebooks Interest Group sounded too alliterative? Maybe someone got tired of the fact that "Consortial" usually triggers a spell check for "Consortia" unless one adds the word to one's online dictionary?

     

    As long as we are clear that anyone with an interest in library digital content is free to join and participate, fine with me if we put "Consortial" back in .

     

    Michael

     

     

     






  • 5.  RE: April 20 2021 Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting

    Posted Apr 19, 2021 06:32 AM
    Hi all,

    Apologies for the late reply! What a time we live in!

    Re: our name. 
    Dropping "consortial" from our name was part of the transfer to Core at their request to make the group more inclusive for all ebook discussions. We certainly began as mostly a group of library consortia and state libraries, but we quickly grew to include many other voices. I'll argue that our discussions were richer because of it. :)

    Re: the focus areas.
    Those are derived from the National Ebook Summit convened by this group at ALA 2018:
    https://poweroflibraries.org/national-agenda-for-ebooks/

    We worked hard to get the Digital Content Pricing for Libraries Working Group off the ground. Then, we were all a bit distracted while ASGCLA began its transition to Core and then COVID... Hoping to pick up the momentum and help us all to harness the amazing talent and energy in this group.

    Cheers!
    Steve

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    Stephen Spohn (He/Him/His)
    Co-convener, Core Ebooks Interest Group
    sspohnjr@gmail.com | 978.799.1518 | http://poweroflibraries.org/
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  • 6.  RE: April 20 2021 Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting

    Posted Apr 19, 2021 07:40 AM

    Thanks for clarifying, Steve.

     

    Hope to "see" all tomorrow!

     

    Michael Blackwell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

     

    Topic: CORE Consortial Ebook Interest Group

    Time: Apr 20, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

     

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://marylandlibraries.zoom.us/j/91808309456?pwd=d2lVUXlFZi90RVlRbUMzejFxRmdBUT09

     

     

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  • 7.  RE: April 20 2021 Core Ebooks Interest Group Meeting

    Posted Apr 19, 2021 09:23 AM