ALA Annual 2011: Ebooks: New Strategy Required, Now

Date: Jun 27, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments


(Reported by Heather McCormack for Library Journal on June 26th:) A sign of a good panel in New Orleans is one that snaps you out of heat exhaustion and a sugar coma, if only for 20 minutes. Saturday afternoon at ALA, I took in “The Future Is Now!: Ebooks and Their Increasing Impact on Library Services,” one of a handful of sessions at this year’s annual conference on a highly charged issue facing both librarians and book publishers.

Four panelists spoke in succession: Bob Bocher, Library Technology Consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning; Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County (CO) Libraries; Chris Harris, coordinator of School Library Systems, Genesee Valley BOCES; Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive; and Peter Brantley, director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive.

Their messages represent what I’ve come to view as archetypes in the debate; in other words, we’ve heard it all before in other forums, but the reiterations are important because—as the standing-room and sitting-on-the-floor-under-the-projection-screen turnout indicated—librarians are still hungry for information on how to launch and build the best ebook collections possible.

Read the complete story at See LJ’s ALA Conferences site for complete coverage of ALA 2011.

From left to right, Bocher, Harris, Brantley, LaRue, and Kahle




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