I’ve noticed from the search terms used to find this blog that recently several people have been looking for information about the planned e-books day on Friday 25th November. I was holding back from posting about it because I didn’t want to detract from Libraries Fortnight (1-14th Nov), or the Libraries Inspire launch (Mon 7th Nov), but as people are looking for the information now, here it is!
The event is being held in the National Library of Wales (NLW) in Aberystwyth and is open to all librarians in Wales (and beyond), and other interested people and is free to attend. Bookings are being handled by the team in the NLW who work on CyMAL projects – email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place (or email@example.com).
The agenda for the day is as follows:
10:45 Arrival, registration, refreshments
11:00 Welcome and outline of the day
11:10 Public library e-books pilot (Wayne John, Neath Port Talbot and Helen McNabb, Vale of Glamorgan)
11:45 Public libraries e-books research (Chris Armstrong, IAL)
12:20 Patron driven acquisition project (Mieko Yamaguchi, Bangor University)
13:00 Buffet lunch provided
13:45 VIP users
a) RNIB National Library Service “A survey of ebook services in public libraries” report findings (Jon Hardisty, RNIB)
b) Reading Sight (Pat Beech, RNIB)
14:30 E-books in public libraries in Northern Ireland (Helen Osborn, Libraries NI)
15:10 Discussion / summary / future actions
15:40 Refreshments and close
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The three talks in the morning are from projects that have received CyMAL funding, and the research report will be available bilingually in advance of the day so that you can read it beforehand (translation allowing!). Hopefully the day will provide you with an interesting cross-section of issues around e-books for all library sectors.
If you’re very interested in e-books you may also like to attend the CILIP Executive Briefing day on e-books which is being held in London the day before.