19 March 2013
IFLA and CILIP Discuss the Challenges of eBooks in Libraries - Presentations now available
On the 21st of February 2013 the IFLA Management of Library Associations (MLAS) Committee and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) invited participants to attend a seminar on Ebooks and the challenges faced by libraries titled ‘eBooks in Libraries – A Global Question of Survival?’. The seminar was attended by experts from all over the world who reported on the situation their libraries face in acquiring and making Ebooks accessible.
In November 2012 IFLA held an Ebook workshop in The Hague which highlighted the issues as well as the positions of both libraries and publishers. The London seminar continued this discussion and furthered the process of identifying and trying to find solutions to the obstacles faced by libraries. During the seminar IFLA publicly launched its ‘Principles for library elending’, which are intended to guide library professionals as they grapple with the complicated process of negotiating eBook licenses with publishers and resellers.
The presentations from the IFLA, CILIP seminar on Ebooks and libraries are now available.
IFLA MLAS will now host a joint one-day session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Singapore, in association with the Public Libraries Section, the Metropolitan Libraries Section and the Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Committee. The session is tentatively scheduled for Monday 19th August.