- The need for interlibrary lending in an ebook environment
- Comparison of ebooks and elending in Australian public libraries 2013v2014, updated 2015
- Elending landscape report
- 80:20 not 50:50 by 2020
- Government submission
- Issues paper
- Think tanks
- Ebooks and elending position statement
- Business case - 'buy it now' button
24 September 2014: ALIA has released the report The need for interlibrary lending in an ebook environment. The ALIA Interlibrary Lending Advisory Committee carried out research to find out if interlibrary lending and document delivery would still be important in the ebook world.
16 June 2014: Made possible by ALIA Members, the Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) has released the report Comparison of ebooks and elending in Australian public libraries 2013 v 2014.
14 April 2014: ALIA has released the Elending Landscape Report 2014 which identifies worldwide public library initiatives to secure ebooks for borrowers. The report—prepared by Brussels-based Civic Agenda—is intended to help identify practical elending solutions for Australian public libraries.
10 March 2015: In November 2013, ebooks were, metaphorically speaking, flying out of the door and we made a bold statement that ‘library print and ebook collections will establish a 50:50 equilibrium by 2020 and that this balance will be maintained through to 2040, when the last print-only generation hits 50’. In less than two years, the initial ebook sales boom has settled and the book industry is predicting the ebook phenomenon will plateau at around 20-30% of books sales, with print books remaining the dominant format.
27 November 2013: A discussion paper on the future of collections, 50:50 by 2020, is now available. We predict that library print and ebook collections will establish a 50:50 equilibrium by 2020 and that this balance will be maintained for the foreseeable future. To see the supporting evidence and get an idea of what this will mean for libraries and library management, please download the PDF document. Let us know what you think. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 28 August 2013, ALIA provided a submission about ebooks and elending to the Australian Law Reform Commission's discussion relating to Copyright and the Digital Economy based on feedback from the ebooks and elending events.
In order to understand the concerns of our members, we took to the road and organised think tanks, in Brisbane 15 February 2013, Perth 7 March 2013, Melbourne 12 March 2013, Sydney 28 May 2013 and Adelaide 9 July 2013.
• Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Western Australia. Adelaide think tank
• Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Western Australia. Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne think tanks
• Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Western Australia. Sydney think tank
• Dr Craig Anderson, CAUL representative, University Librarian, RMIT University. Melbourne think tank
• Greg Anderson, CAUL representative, University Librarian, The University of Newcastle. Brisbane think tank
• Ross Balharrie, Services Deliver Coordinator - eResources , State Library of New South Wales. Sydney think tank
• Anita Catoggio, Collections Manager, Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Melbourne think tank
• Sharan Harvey, Manager Library Services, Brisbane City Council. Brisbane think tank
• Peter Haasz, Business and Product Development Executive, OverDrive. Adelaide think tank
• David Howard, CAUL representative, University Librarian, Edith Cowan University. Perth think tank
• Margarita Moreno, ALIA Interlibrary Loan Advisory Committee representative, Document Supply Service Manager, National Library of Australia. Brisbane think tank
• Rosa Serratore, Chief Librarian, National Meteorological Library, Bureau of Meteorology. Melbourne think tank
• Andrew Wells, CAUL representative, University Librarian, University of New South Wales. Sydney think tank
Taking into account feedback received from library and information professionals, ALIA developed a set of key principles for the procurement and use of ebooks in Australian libraries. These basic principles will guide the sector’s response to government policy and commercial initiatives, support our lobbying and advocacy, and enable us to take the lead in areas over which we have direct control. The statement was updated by the ALIA Book Industry and Elending Advisory Committee in September 2017.
Through our think tanks, issues and position papers, ALIA provides the opportunity for our members to discuss new concepts around ebooks and elending. In our 'Buy It Now' Button discussion paper, we introduce a new concept or model for public libraries and elending. The paper outlines the benefits for the book industry of introducing the option to buy as well as borrow material through library management systems. We encourage our members to read the paper and forward your comments to the ALIA Board.
The State Library of Western Australia maintains a collection of materials relating to the supply of ebooks to libraries and library users. It includes advocacy and outreach efforts, research and initiatives of libraries and library organisations.
IFLA's background paper, thinkpiece and set of guiding principles are intended to help libraries and library associations as they consider the issues surrounding ebooks in libraries.
Developed by the State Library of New South Wales, NSW.net eLending portal is a collaborative space for sharing and discussing developments in emerging digital content formats: ebooks, eaudio, streaming and downloadable music and video content. Access to the elending portal is restricted to registered members employed in NSW public libraries. If you work in a government or educational library, external to the NSW public library network, you can apply for guest access by completing the online guest registration form.