How much do you know about the current library ebook lending environment? A leading panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss the best ways for libraries to bring together authors and readers in the digital age at the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session “ALA DCWG: Libraries and Ebooks—Where Do We Go from Here?” takes place from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015, in the McCormick Convention Center in room W196B.
During the session, leaders of ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) and an expert panel provide insights on new opportunities available to libraries now that five of the world’s largest publishers provide libraries with nominal access to their full ebook catalogs. The expert panel will explore ebook lending issues, such as business models, pricing structures, privacy terms, and digital preservation. The working group will provide a summary of recent DCWG advocacy activities and explore new opportunities for collaboration between libraries and authors.
Speakers include Carolyn Anthony, co-chair of the ALA Digital Content Working Group and director of the Skokie Public Library (Illinois); Erika Linke, co-chair of the ALA Digital Content Working Group and associate dean of Libraries and director of Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Research and Academic Services; Steve Potash, chief executive officer for OverDrive, Inc.; and Matt Tempelis, 3M Library Systems Global Business Leader for 3M, Inc.