The ebook revolution, national digital public library initiatives, and the future of libraries will be among the discussion topics at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association—mercifully in San Diego rather than, say, Philly.
Shown is a proposed central library building for San Diego. Will ebooks reduce the need for such major projects, allowing more money to go for content and services and neighborhood branches? Or will the big buildings justify themselves in new ways?
Among the panelists will be Brewster Kahle from the Internet Archive (photo), Sue Polanka, editor of a recent book of contributed chapters, No Shelf Required, Rick Weingarten, an IT policy consultant, myself, and others. The discussion will take place on Sat. Jan. 8th from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. PST in Room 02 of the San Diego Convention Center.
If you know of other eBook- and NDPL-related discussions at Midwinter, let us know via your comments. After Midwinter I’ll try to provide a recap either here or over at the ALA TechSource Blog.
Detail: I know, there are many working titles for a national digital public library for the U.S., but personally I prefer the acronym NDPL, because those four words seem to capture the essence of the vision.
- A national digital reference service for the U.S.
- National Digital Public Library conference: A little progress toward a two-system approach—to help both public and academic libraries?
- More criticism of e-books as they exist today in the library world
- ‘The most urgent digital library needs are those of Lady Gaga and the Kardashians’
- Beware of witty librarians with videocams: Oklahoma libs vs. wear-and-tear excuse for HarperCollins’s 26-checkout limit on e-books