ALA welcomes new Penguin pilot library lending program

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/21/2012

Contact:

Macey Morales
Media Relations Manager
American Library Association
1-800-545-2433 ext.5024 4393
mmorales@ala.org

ANAHEIM, Calif.  — On the first day of the largest library conference in the world, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the announcement from Penguin Group USA that it will re-enter the library e-book lending market with a pilot in New York City.  ALA President Molly Raphael today released the following statement.

“I applaud Penguin’s decision today to re-start e-book sales to libraries so that we may again meet our mutual goals of connecting authors and readers. This has been at the core of ALA’s outreach to Penguin and other major publishers over the past six months, and I am thrilled they are willing to try new business models in collaboration with libraries. This is an important development in our evolving relationship with publishers and intermediaries.

“As we move forward together, we must continue to experiment. One key area is to leverage the library’s role as a place of discovery to find new authors and titles. Having immediate access to titles from first-time and niche authors, for instance, presents a win-win-win for publishers, libraries and our library users who buy, as well as borrow.

“We welcome new partners in creating and supporting a nation of readers. I hope we’ll be hearing more announcements like this very soon.”

The ALA Annual Conference takes place in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26, and brings together more than 20,000 librarians to discuss critical issues facing libraries and their communities.