Library Renewal is Needed!
This is the second in a series of posts from current members of the Library Renewal Board. In the coming months and years we’ll have posts here from all sorts of folks working on various project and issues related electronic content access, libraries and Library Renewal. We welcome your ideas for guests posts and invite you to join in. In the meantime, here is the second in our series of Library Renewal Board Member posts, this one from David Lee King:
Why am I involved in Library Renewal? Really, the question should be “how could I NOT be involved in Library Renewal?”
Because I think the biggest, most important battle in the library industry for this next decade isn’t social media, or what we do on our library websites – it’s how we access and distribute econtent to our patrons.
Our customers obviously want electronic content – the recent “after Christmas rush” of patrons wanting to download econtent actually spiked and slowed down the Overdrive ebook service! Yep – our patrons are ready for econtent and ebook readers.
But that’s only one place to go for content – what about all those easy-to-use consumer services out there like Netflix, or Amazon, or even Apple’s iTunes? Those are the places most people go to for econtent – they work great, they’re easy to use, and they’re relatively affordable.
… And they pretty much lock libraries out of the equation. That’s not good, and I want to help change that. And I think Library Renewal has the potential to be a major change agent in the whole econtent arena.
So here I am – should be a fun ride!
-David Lee King
Library Renewal Board Member