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Bringing Libraries to the National Stage

Carrie Russell in the WAMU studioI 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.”

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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!

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

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Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Washington Office. Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books, and other public policy issues. She has an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MA in media arts from the University of Arizona.

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