Portable E-Libraries: Reading Re-invented and the Library Patron

A LITA Preconference at 2001 ALA Annual Conference

Organized by the LITA Interest Group, Electronic Publishing/Electronic Journals

Hilton & Towers, Continental BR 4
Friday, June 15, 2001, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Technologists and business entrepreneurs claim to be reinventing reading through electronic books and e-book devices. A series of expert speakers covering digital rights management, e-book standards, and library experience to date will address how these evolving products contribute to the library's mission and what challenges and benefits both library and reader experience. The day will culminate with practical library implementation guidelines and responses from e-book vendors including hands-on opportunity.


Anyone contemplating implementing ebooks including library administrators, technical services and public service staff of public, academic, school and special libraries. Vendors interested in what issues and needs libraries have in this type of product should also consider attending.

Presenters and Topics

  • Moderated by Denise A. Troll, Distinguished Fellow, Digital Library Federation, and Assistant University Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Keynote address by Clifford Lynch, Director, Coalition of Networked Information
  • Business models and rights management choices for e-books discussion by Derek Brown, Vice President for Developer Services, Intertrust Technologies Corp
  • Sandra K. Paul, President, SKP Associates, will speak on Standards for Electronic Books -- Identifiers, Metadata, and Rights.
  • Case study and perspective on requirements of library implementations of e-books. Discussion by Susan Gibbons, Director of the Electronic Book Evaluation Project in Rochester, NY, also Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Rochester.
  • Three vendor scenarios.
    • Beth Anderson, Audible.com
    • Tom Diaz, eBook Development Group, Adobe Systems Inc.
    • Mike Segroves, Palm Digital Media Group
    • Johanna Schmid, Gemstar Ebook Publishing, Inc.

Registration Information

LITA Member, $165; ALA Member (fee includes LITA membership), $210; Non-Member, $285.

Breaks, and materials will be included in the registration fee. Lunch will be on your own.

LITA members receive LITA's journal and discounts on programming and publications. For more information about joining LITA, see: Join LITA. To join ALA and LITA, visit the ALA online membership form.

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