Libraries, e-lending and the future of public access to digital content

Thinkpiece on Libraries, e-lending and the future of public access to digital content – Civic Agenda for IFLA [Oct-Nov 2012]
and Matrix: Models of accessing digital content

IFLA commissioned this report prior to an expert meeting on e-lending, held in the Hague in November 2012. The thinkpiece was the starting point for discussions on desirable characteristics for public access models for library digital content, library user expectations’ regarding eBooks, and the relationship between libraries and publishers in the eBook age. It gives a good overview of the current issues and the e-book and e-lending ecosystem.

The Matrix summarises some of the discussion in the report around various ‘desirable characteristics for public access models for library digital content’ and how various publishers, aggregators, distributors and other initiatives measure up against these characteristics.

The reports have also been loaded to Scribd, via Library Journal’s infoDOCKET:
Thinkpiece on Libraries, e-lending and the future of public access to digital content
Matrix: Models of accessing digital content

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