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  • 1.  Some programs of interest

    Posted Sep 20, 2023 12:18 PM

    Hi all,


    Please excuse any x-posting:



    Join Phil Salvador (Video Game History Foundation), Laine Nooney (NYU and Unboxing Pod,) and Meredith Rose (Public Knowledge) to discuss Salvador's new report "Survey of the Video Game Reissue Market in the United States."  Our results question whether the commercial market alone can adequately preserve the medium of video games, particularly for the needs of researchers. While this study does not make specific recommendations for improving the state of game availability, it instead offers statistics that can guide future discussions about the role of cultural institutions in video game preservation.



    The Engelberg Center's recent report The Anti-Ownership Ebook Economy: How Publishers and Platforms Have Reshaped How We Read in the Digital Age explores the forces shaping today's ebook landscape. We will discuss the forces that have shaped current licensing models, how those models impact data flows and privacy, and how the relationships between publishers, platforms, and purchasers influence the ecosystem. 



    Open educational resources (OER) have gained traction at colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. But with an emphasis on textbook prices and affordability, OER's primary talking points have missed the mark with public libraries. Still, there are ample opportunities for open education to find a home in public libraries, from programming and digital literacy to makerspace repositories and more!


    Join us for an informal conversation with Alex Houff (Digital Equity and Virtual Services Manager at Baltimore County Public Library) and Alex Sharp (Director of Library and Information Services at Tennessee Wesleyan University). This learning circle will be facilitated by Michelle Reed, Library Futures' Research Manager and former Director of Open Educational Resources at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


    All best,





    Michael Blackwell

    Director, St Mary's County Library

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    Leonardtown, MD 20650

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