ALA Virtual Town Hall Meeting on e-Books

After several years of intensive ALA advocacy with the nation’s largest publishers to bring ebook titles into libraries, significant progress has been made. Learn about ALA ebook lending initiatives and success stories during ALA’s Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks, an interactive online session that will explore ALA ebook advocacy efforts and future directions. The member town hall will take place from 11 a.m.– noon Central time, Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Register now.

ALA members will have the opportunity to join ALA President Barbara Stripling, Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan, and the leadership of the ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) to learn about ALA ebook activities and plans. Panelists will provide views on the current digital publishing climate and discuss ways that ALA can better advocate for important library interests. Come hear about the inside story of the many trips to New York City made by ALA leadership, including the most recent one completed just this week.

The virtual town hall also will explore emerging subjects in the ebook lending arena, including digital preservation, access to self-published work, and libraries as publishers. An audience question-and-answer period will immediately follow the panel discussion.

Panelists include:
•Barbara Stripling, ALA president
•Maureen Sullivan, ALA immediate past president
•Keith Michael Fiels, ALA executive director
•Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and DCWG co-chair
•Robert Wolven, associate university librarian of Columbia University and DCWG co-chair
•Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy