Monday, August 22, 2011

The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age

Lynn Neary at NPR discusses The Future Of Libraries In The E-Book Age. In light of the recent Harper Collins controversy over setting limits on how many times e-books can be checked out by libraries, Neary speaks with Eli Neiburger, Director for IT & production at the Ann Arbor District library and other librarians about the larger issue at hand.
“From the traditional to the visionary, the conversation about libraries in the digital age has begun in earnest. Roberta Stevens, president of the American Library Association, wants more publishing companies to get involved in the conversation, because at the moment some publishers aren’t even willing to sell e-books to libraries. Libraries may be able to survive without those books now, says Stevens, but in the future a lot of books will only be available electronically.”

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