ALA Digital Content Work Continues Throughout Summer

In an article originally published on the American Libraries’ E-Content blog, Alan S. Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy, described work done this summer by the ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG) to address ebooks, libraries and digital content. In the article, titled “What DCWG Did This Summer (Spoiler: We Didn’t Vacation),” Inouye states the following:

After a productive and hectic ALA Annual Conference at the end of June, there was certainly a temptation to take the summer off from ebooks and libraries, digital content, and anything resembling same. But really, why lounge on the beach or hike in the mountains when you can debate and write about licensing terms for digital content?

ALA was invited to participate on an ebooks and libraries panel on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. Carrie Russell, lead staffer for the Working Group’s business model activities (and OITP program director), participated from the studio and Vailey Oehlke, Working Group member (and director, Multnomah County Library), called in. Overall, Carrie and Vailey, along with the other participants, provided a very positive case for libraries and ebook lending.

Summertime also involves library outreach, and the realm of digital content fun is no exception. ALA representatives Sari Feldman (co-chair of the Working Group), Vailey Oehlke, and Alan Inouye (OITP director) participated in several discussions about the OCLC Big Shift project.  ALA is a partner on this project, and is optimistic that it will produce useful analyses and guidance. In addition, ALA folks engaged with some other entities in the digital content arena and are hopeful that several new working relationships (whether informal or formal) are forthcoming. (More later as developments occur.) And, as this post is being released today, Sari Feldman is addressing a meeting of the Readers First initiative to provide an update on DCWG activities.

Continue reading on the E-Content blog.

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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