Nearly 700 librarians, publishers and media representatives participated in the American Library Association’s first Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks last week. As part of the virtual town hall, several key ALA leaders discussed efforts made to advocate for library interests in the publishing world. View the archived town hall.
Representatives on the robust leadership panel included ALA President Barbara Stripling, ALA Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan, ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels and ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Director Alan S. Inouye. Additionally, leaders from the ALA Digital Content Working Group also participated on the panel, including DCWG co-chairs Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, and Robert Wolven, associate university librarian of Columbia University.
As part of the town hall, leaders explored:
- digital preservation
- reader accessibility
- self-publisher engagement
- libraries as publishers