Core Ebooks Interest Group

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Apr 24, 2021 02:03 PM

Just a few notes for now to help with knowledge transfer as leadership changes hands over the years.  Cheers!  Stephen Spohn, Co-Chair 2020-21


The interest group will meet four times per year.  Two meetings will occur alongside the ALA Annual and Midwinter conferences.  The other two meetings will be held virtually in the fall and spring.

Sample Conversation Topics Related to Ebooks

  • Ebook and digital audiobook licensing models and pricing
  • SimplyE
  • Ebook and digital audiobook distributors, products and platforms
  • Accessibility of ebooks and digital audiobooks and of their platforms and mobile apps
  • Research, data and data analytics on ebooks and digital audiobooks
  • Related legislation and advocacy

Officers and Terms

The interest group is led by co-chairs serving on staggered two-year terms.  Terms officially begin on July 1 and end on June 30 with a ceremonial recognition of the outgoing and incoming chairs at the Interest Group meeting that coincides with the ALA Annual Conference.

History of Officers
  • 2021-23 - Stacy R. J. Tomaszewski, Alameda County Library, California, USA
  • 2020-22 - Michael Blackwell, St. Mary's County Library, Maryland, USA
  • 2020-21 - Stephen Spohn, Ocean State Libraries, Rhode Island, USA

History and Purpose
This interest group was established in the Core Division upon the dissolution of the ASGCLA Division where it had existed for six years at the Consortial Ebooks Interest Group.  The Core Ebooks Interest Group exists to provide a forum for ongoing conversations among ALA members and others and to connect people to important issues and to one another.

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