Across the country, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons as several large publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books.
To assist libraries in informing the public about e-book lending practices, the American Library Association (ALA) released today the “ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit,” a set of materials that will support librarians in taking action in their communities.
Developed by the ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (DCWG), the toolkit includes the following:
- Op-ed and press release templates
- Guidance on ways to use the media templates
- ALA talking points and answers to frequently asked questions about e-books
- E-book data
- Public service announcement scripts
“The library community cannot sit by while publishers openly refuse to sell libraries the e-books that they need to serve their patrons,” said ALA President Maureen Sullivan, who recently led several library meetings with publishers.
“Librarians and our allies must speak out more forcefully in communities across the country,” Sullivan said. “Everyone needs to know that libraries offer e-books and 21st century library services, but we are unable to offer all the e-reading choices our patrons demand and deserve.”
To view the communications toolkit, visit www.ala.org/ebooktoolkit. All questions about the media toolkit should be sent to Jazzy Wright, press officer of the ALA Washington Office, at email@example.com.