by Janet Ingraham Dwyer
Frustrated by the state of access to ebooks for teens and other library users? What librarian wouldn’t be, given the snarl of issues surrounding ebooks in libraries â€“ starting with publisher licensing arrangements that make some ebooks prohibitively expensive and others not available to libraries at any price? For example: want to connect your teens with Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series or check out Corey Ann Haydu’s debut novel, OCD Love Story, for phone or iPad? Can’t be done (unless you’re one of three New York library systems participating in Simon & Schuster’s first-time library ebook pilot project).
Enter ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), a broad-based team commissioned in 2011 by then-American Library Association (ALA) President Molly Raphael. The DCWG advises ALA leadership about opportunities and issues related to libraries and digital content, and works toward provision of equitable access to digital content for all.
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