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What’s new in the library ebook lending market?

A young boy enjoys reading an ebook on his tablet.
A young boy enjoys reading an ebook on his tablet. Courtesy: Milltown Public Library.

What has changed in the library ebook lending environment in the past year? A panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss best ways for libraries to advance library access to digital content at the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. The session, “Digital Content Working Group—Update and Future Directions,” takes place from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016, in room W205 of the Orange County Convention Center.

Library leaders from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) will provide an update on the DCWG’s activities. The event features an expert panel that focuses on future directions. The ALA Digital Content Working Group was established by ALA leadership to address the greatest digital opportunities and challenges for libraries.

During the session, participants will hear from a number of library ebook lending experts, including Carolyn Anthony, director of the Skokie Public Library, and co-chair of the American Library Association’s Digital Content Working Group; Michael Blackwell, director of St. Mary’s County Library in Leonardtown, Md.; Todd Carpenter, executive director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO); Erika Linke, associate dean of the University Libraries and director of Research & Academic Services for Carnegie Mellon University and co-chair, American Library Association Digital Content Working Group; Trevor Owens, senior program officer of the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ National Digital Platform.

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is a former press officer of the Washington Office.

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