Magazine article American Libraries

Taking on Transformation: E-Books, Young Professionals, and Reinventing ALA

Magazine article American Libraries

Taking on Transformation: E-Books, Young Professionals, and Reinventing ALA

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LA's Executive Board and governing Council discussed and acted on a series of recommendaions from five special task forces. Council's Equitable Access to Digital Content Task Force has been studying the challenges and potential solutions for improved electronic content access, distribution, preservation, and infrastructure. Their recommendations included:

* An environmental scan that brings together up-to-date information on the changing library "digital landscape," where libraries and providers stand, and emerging trends.

* An economic analysis of licensing models for econtent to flesh out the advantages and disadvantages of existing and emerging models and to inform library decision-making when acquiring econtent.

* A public relations campaign to help the public and the library community fully understand the ramifications of a leased e-book environment.

* Building awareness among persons with disabilities that libraries can help meet their information needs, working with library vendors to improve access to econtent, and supporting and encouraging usability testing with people using assistive technology.

* Facilitating and encouraging individual libraries experimenting with new ways to acquire and provide econtent to share results and "test bed" findings.

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Council asked the Executive Board, the Budget Analysis and Review Committee, and the executive director to develop plans for moving ahead in this critical area. Work is already underway on several of the recommendations, including a standing group to provide leadership on digital content issues.

The Young Professionals Task Force, originally established by past president Camila Alire, presented a number of recommendations to the Executive Board relating to membership, conference experience, divisions, round tables, library and information science schools, and ALA elections. …

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