Librarians: Let the E-Book Wars Commence
Among the recommendations suggested by the (wittily-named) presidential task force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content is: "Develop a national public relations and education campaign highlighting the importance of libraries as essential access points for electronic content." That proposal reads like a direct assault on Harper Collins, which announced late last month that, starting this week, e-book licenses sold to libraries would expire after 26 loans. The news was met with dismay and anger; some librarians have even pushed for a boycott against the publishing giant.
In addition to the task forces, the ALA will be launching a new site within 10 days calling for public reaction, as well as solutions. Cue the Reading Rainbow theme song and sign us up.