Library Conference to Examine How eBooks Expand Patron Services

February 24, 2004

"Your eBook is overdue" is a phrase you are not likely to hear from the librarians attending the eBooks in the Public Library Conference on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in New York City. This one day conference brings together hundreds of leading public librarians, publishers, and technology vendors to exchange experiences and challenges as eBooks become available for library systems and their patrons.

The conference keynote will be presented by Daniel L. Walters, the Executive Director of Library Journal's 2003 Library of the Year, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Under his leadership the library has received acclaim for its use of technology, electronic services, and eCommerce. Mr. Walters also serves as Chair of the Public Library Association's Technology in Public Libraries Committee.

In addition to Mr. Walters, presenters include librarians from New York Public Library, King County Library System (WA), Cleveland Public Library, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and New York University as well as technology and service vendors Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems, Dynix, Sirsi, and OCLC. The conference website, agenda, and registration can be found at www.openebook.org/library2004.

Panel presentations to include:

  • The Budget Crisis in Public Libraries - Are Digital Libraries a Solution?
  • New Sources for eBook Content for Libraries
  • Technology Update on Library Solutions for Digital Media
  • Cataloging and Managing Digital Content in the Public Library
  • Who's Hot and Who's Not in the eBook Market
  • Copyright, Fair Use and the Patriot Act issues relating to eBooks

Sponsors of the conference include: Adobe Systems Inc., American Library Association, Association of American Publishers, Baker & Taylor, Greenwood Publishing Group, Library Journal and OverDrive, Inc.

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