Bringing Libraries to the National Stage

Carrie Russell in the WAMU studioI was on the Diane Rehm Show yesterday to talk about libraries and e-books, along with Allan Adler from the Association of American Publishers, Jeremy Greenfield from Digital Book World and Vailey Oehlke, director of the Multnomah County Library (OR).  Allan and I were live in the studio and Jeremy and Vailey called in by phone. Vailey was great! Our host, Frank Senso, was very skillful in taking the conversation in a direction that he wanted it to go.  It was quite amazing to see how he managed that – no wonder radio and television hosts and spokespeople are called “the talent.”

Hear the show: http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio-player?nid=16527

Of course, I was a bit nervous but colleagues told me that the hour being “live” on the radio would fly by. This is so true. I wanted to continue the discussion.  I did not have the opportunity to talk about business models, the library-publisher dynamic, user accessibility, and the social value of a book sold to a library. Wait!  I have more things to say! I was prepared to promote the “library position” – complete with well-conceived sound bites and compelling data.  Some things I really wanted to mention—the role of public libraries in a community, the value of libraries to democracy, the important role of sharing—were handled by the other panelists and radio listeners.

What? I didn’t have to pitch libraries. People were pitching libraries.  Fantastic!

Carrie Russell
Director of the Program for Public Access to Information, Office for Information Technology Policy, The American Library Association.

Carrie Russell is the Director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books and other public policy issues. She has a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MA in media arts from the University of Arizona. She can be reached via e-mail at crussell@alawash.org.

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