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Presidential Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC)

With all that is happening in our profession and related industries concerning e-content, I wanted to let you know about an important new task force that was recently started by ALA. It is the Presidential Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC), and it was created to study challenges and recommend potential solutions in libraries for improved electronic content access, distribution and preservation systems.

The charge calls on the Task Force to work collaboratively with the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee’s E-book Task Force, another member group working exclusively on e-books. The OITP E-book Task Force’s focus is studying the public policy implications of the growing e-book marketplace and will provide informational and educational materials to the membership. In addition, both the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) also are working on these issues, and the plan is to work collaboratively with them as well.

I am hoping I will be able to attend a meeting held by the EQUACC Task Force at ALA in a few weeks, http://connect.ala.org/node/138504, but my responsibilities as councilor may prevent me from going. Either way, I’ll keep you abreast of developments.

I know it’s difficult to keep up with all the committees, divisions & acronyms within ALA, but I thought this one, EQUACC, was important for you to know about. Let me know if you have questions. You can also visit the task force’s website, http://www.equacc.ala.org.

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