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ALA Responds to Macmillan Letter

On October 29, Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent wrote a public letter to the library community explaining Macmillan’s pending embargo on new ebook titles for libraries. The American Library Association’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office issued the following response on October 30:

“Hours before the American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association and allies were to deliver more than 160,000 petition signatures opposing the planned November 1 embargo on library ebook purchases (and two months after the campaign began), Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent directly addressed librarians for the first time. Unfortunately, the letter misrepresents ALA’s longstanding and good-faith efforts to equitably balance the rights and privileges of readers, libraries, authors, and publishers.

“To begin to correct and clarify the record, ALA asserts:

• ALA (and all the library systems we are aware of) has consistently opposed any effort to delay or deny library access to digital content. Macmillan Publishers is the only large publisher (of the “Big Five”) that perceives a business need to limit library purchases. ALA has frequently requested but never received data or analysis that demonstrates that library lending undermines book sales. It is simply false to state otherwise.

• Providing perpetual access and reducing the price for a single copy is important to ensuring all people have access to the world’s knowledge through our nation’s libraries, regardless of format. Libraries in communities of all sizes deserve the right to fair prices and terms consistent with consumer access, period.

• As San Francisco Public Library Director Michael Lambert wrote on October 30, ‘Right now, there are 450 holds at San Francisco Public Library on an eBook that currently tops the bestseller list. That’s despite the fact that the library carries 100 copies of this particular popular title in a digital format.’ With contracts limiting library lending to one eBook per reader at a time, we can assure Macmillan there is plenty of ‘friction’ in our current system. In fact, don’t take our word for it. Look at your local library’s wait list for any best-selling title right now.

• Since 2012, ALA leaders have met with major publishers, distributors, authors, and representative associations to seek sustainable solutions for library eBook lending. Restricting access to authors’ works through libraries hurts discovery, reading choice, literacy, and the simple love of reading. Libraries are committed to a vibrant ecosystem that enables authors to find their audiences and allows readers to explore the broadest range of materials. We reject simple binary solutions in a complex and dynamic environment and urge Macmillan to work harder with us to find fair and equitable paths forward.

• Whether intended or not, delaying or denying access to content hurts libraries and readers. An embargo is the wrong answer to an unsubstantiated problem that no other major publisher seems to face. If Sargent cannot or will not hear us, we will continue to take action with our community leaders and patrons, with Congress, with state legislators and attorneys general, and with publishers and authors who view libraries as allies rather than adversaries.

“Find more information at ebooksforall.org. Follow the conversation at #eBooksForAll.”

 

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. The American Library Association has teamed up with Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends on an adventure to promote the value of a library card.

Here's more information from ALA to help libraries celebrate and promote Library Card Sign-Up Month.

There are suggested activities for your library and your patrons, special graphics to print for adding signs in your library and other graphics for posting on your website and social media.

 

Michigan Digital Preservation Initiative

Linked below are several items of interest to those who have been following along with the Statewide & Regional Stepping Stones to the National Digital Platform Project, https://www.gvsu.edu/library/stepping-stones-68.htm. We’ll continue to have updates going out on listservs for the remainder of the project (through November), but if you have not already we are now encouraging project followers to please subscribe to the new project listserv at http://mail2.mcls.org/mailman/listinfo/mi-digital-preservation.

A recording from our August Virtual Community Planning Meeting is now available. If you couldn’t make the call feel free to catch-up/ keep-up with all the great work.
https://zoom.us/recording/play/6b0E7wJc9bQFMECamWzXGHXEmce9kLtw5tm21KHFmOdzmaaQDv1UO-pmHN_Kt0J9?startTime=1566830953000

Please take a moment also to read our Project White Paper on Community Governance, and then fill out our brief Community Governance Survey. https://gvsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ewBzWvj5gcs9t7T

We need your feedback on the type of governance structure you would like to see available for your institution as we lay the foundation for the launch of a state digital preservation network/community in 2020.

White paper - https://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/0862059E-9024-5893-1B5AAAC2F83BDDD8/stepping_stones_gov_workshop_wp_draft.pdf

Stay tuned for more details this coming week on the upcoming project workshop scheduled for the Michigan Museums Association Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI (October 2nd-5th).

As always, if you have any questions in between now and out next Virtual Community Planning Call on September 30th, from 11am-12pm ET, don’t hesitate to follow-up with me (Matt Schultz, schultzm@gvsu.edu).

All best,

Matt Schultz
Curation and Digital Preservation Librarian
Grand Valley State University Libraries

 

No More Overdue Fines - Detroit Public Library

Beginning September 1, 2019, the Detroit Public Library will discontinue charging overdue fines for late returns. All past overdue fines are being eliminated, except those for damaged or lost items. Click here to read more.

Henika District Library

Friends of Henika District Library

Friends of Henika District Library received the Wayland Chamber Charity of Choice for 2019. We are updating a reading area in the library with new paint, new furniture and refurbishing some old furniture!

Here's an article on page 3 of the June 2019 edition of Allegan County's Chamber and Business News.

Melanie Suk of the Friends of Henika District Library provided this information.

 

ALA Midwinter Meeting

ALA Book Club Central

ALA Book Club Central is a new online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more. Award-winning actor, producer, and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central and a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy. Ms. Parker will offer her own book selections as part of SJP Picks.