ALA Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks—free event

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Group: American Library Association
Subject: ALA Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks—free event

ALA leaders and the leadership of ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) discuss the present state of ebooks and libraries and directions for the future. What have we learned and accomplished? What actions can the Association and its members take to improve the public’s access to ebooks?

This interactive online session will explore ALA ebook advocacy efforts and future directions, and takes place 11 a.m.– noon (Central), Wednesday, October 23, 2013. You can register now at

Get updated on the significant progress made after several years of intensive ALA advocacy with the nation’s largest publishers to bring ebook titles into libraries, as well as on ALA ebook lending initiatives and other success stories. Join ALA leaders as they provide views on the current digital publishing climate and discuss ways that ALA can better advocate for important library interests. Hear the inside story of the many trips to New York City made by ALA leadership, including the most recent one in early October. Explore emerging subjects in the ebook lending arena, including digital preservation, access to self-published work, and libraries as publishers. An audience Q&A 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

The virtual town hall is hosted by ALA’s Digital Content Working Group, the Association-wide entity charged with advising the Association on opportunities and issues related to libraries and the provision of equitable access to digital content for all.

Register now at