American Library Association task forces to take on ebook lending


12 Responses to “American Library Association task forces to take on ebook lending”

  1. mn_camera says:

    Refusal to purchase anything at all from those publishers would be a good start. Couple that with announcements urging library patrons who can’t get the titles they want to complain directly to the publishers and you have the groundwork of a well-targeted campaign.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great. What this means is that, eventually, ALA will release a statement probably condemning the ebook publishers and suggesting libraries look elsewhere for their ebooks – which is a joke. I would suggest it will be a slap on the wrist for publishers but that would imply they will be actually hurt in someway. This will be more akin to a strongly worded post-it note stuck on the bottom of someones shoe – never read and just as effective. That is what I expect from an organization that has some good intentions but absolutely now power to follow through with anything.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is also a good example of why America needs librarians with union protection.

    If you think for two seconds that a privatized library staff of “fire at will” temp barrista-librarians would have the leverage to stand up to a publisher without being fired in short order, you’d have to be.. well, you’d have to be an optimist.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Where did this logo come from? It is baddddassss!

  5. unclemike says:

    Looking at that logo, I fear Glenn Beck will now claim librarians are in cahoots with the Black Panthers.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Los libertarios la llevan!

  7. Anonymous says:

    The fist in the logo came from the Soviet Union and has been used on many communist-era and post-communist era causes.

    Shelomo in NYC

  8. Michael Porter says:

    Thanks to Boing Boing for picking this up and thanks also to the folks taking the time to read it. I (Michael Porter) serve as co-chair of the Electronic Content Access Task force (which we are calling EQUACC). Once the site related to our efforts goes live we encourage participation and input from all interested parties. Meantime, I did some live blogging of the retreat at my web site which is Feel free to leave comments there till our site goes up.

    Also, if I may, would like to mention that this is an issue many of us have been working on getting traction on for years. Recent developments related to libraries and electronic content access have drawn attention to the issue in the wider media but this task force is a direct result of several years of work and research from myself and many of my colleagues. In fact, last year myself and several others launched a new non-profit org to work on the issues in ways existing orgs cannot or were not set up to do. This org alone was in the idea and planning phases for two years previous. So we are hard at work here, and have been….yet there is still so much good work to do.

    I’d encourage anyone interested to check out (PUN!) our efforts at: you can email us there if you have any questions as well: info *at sign* libraryrenewal. org

  9. Scotto says:

    If the Big Publishers won’t play ball with Libraries, then I would like to see Libraries given an exemption from the DMCA and restock their virtual shelves with unDRMed ebooks. Any publisher that offers to sell unDRMed and unlimited ebooks would then be given permission to sell those ebooks to the Libraries. Any other ebooks from other publishers could then be obtained independently from volunteers who have stripped the DRM.

    Libraries are too important to be injured by all this silly capitalistic greedy nonsense.

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