ASCLA creates new consortial e-books interest group

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/29/2014


Marianne Braverman

Marketing and Programs Manager

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

CHICAGO The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association, members have approved a petition to create the new interest group: Consortial E-books. 

The purpose of ASCLA’s Consortial E-books Interest Group is to provide a regular forum for consortial discussion and to meet at Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings. ASCLA believes that consortia represents a large segment of libraries and that by acting as consortia, ASCLA can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the e-book landscape evolves. ASCLA welcomes any type of library or library agency as well as consortium.

The Consortial E-books Interest Group leadership team for 2014-2015 is: Deirdre Brennan, executive director of the RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System and Veronda Pitchford, director of membership development and resource sharing, RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System. To join this new interest group, complete the form here:

Online discussion groups are open to all. To subscribe, send an email to with the following subject: subscribe ascla- first name last name. Please do not put anything in the body of the message.

Online discussion groups or listservs are a great way to connect with others, share experiences, network and get advice. The lists are open to all subscribers, as well as interest group members, so members can invite colleagues with that special interest to join the listserv. Listservs are helpful for making announcements, such as for conferences, workshops, new publications and position openings. All messages should relate to the general topic of the list and all postings must be free of copyright restrictions that limit distribution.

See the complete list of ASCLA interest groups and their leaders here. Learn more about ASCLA’s core interests on the ASLCA website.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconferences and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at