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