The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a grant to OCLC for a new initiative, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” Its purpose is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change.

OCLC will partner with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) to review the e-book landscape and jointly develop recommendations for managing the e-book environment, in order to ensure adequate public access to these emerging resources.

The final report is expected in May 2013.

The media releases from IMLS and OCLC were released in June and July 2012 respectively, but there does not appear to be a dedicated web presence to the project at present.