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For anyone attending ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia in January--or even
if you can just get away for a day--you might want to check out the
pre-conference described below (from ALAWON):

ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 11, Number 96
November 26, 2002

In This Issue: Early Bird Registration Deadline!

Publishers and Librarians Unite!

As you make your plans for the Philadelphia ALA Midwinter conference,
plan to attend "Making E-books Work: Librarians and Publishers
Exchange
Needs and Solutions," an all-day program where publishers and
librarians
share experiences and ideas about e-books.

Making E-books Work: Librarians and Publishers Exchange Needs and
Solutions
Thursday, January 23rd, 2003, 9am to 5pm
Place Convention Center, Room 103B, Lunch included!

Not sure if your library should acquire e-books for users?  Wondering
how publishers work with authors and agents to encourage them to try
the
e-book format?  How do we integrate e-books into library and publisher
workflows? Should we design workflow around the traditional book
workflow model or should we explore novel ways of marketing, selling,
acquiring and lending e-books? What does the library user want from
e-books?

Publisher and librarian panels will explore these topics and a lot
more, with ample time for question-and-answer throughout the day.
Publishers want to hear from librarians, and librarians want to hear
from publishers!  Share your ideas, your successes, your problems and
your woes!

Registration Information Follows Agenda

Program Panels:

Acquisitions: Adding E-books to Libraries
Tom Peters, Committee on Institutional Cooperation
Roberto Esteves, San Francisco Public Library

Conversion: Production and Distribution of the E-book
Adam Smith, Random House
Chris North, HarperCollins

Serving the User: Discovery and Lending
Mark Beatty, Wisconsin Interlibrary Service
Susan Gibbons, University of Rochester
Andrew Pace, North Carolina State University

Restrictions: Contractual Relationships Between Publishers,
Authors, Agents
Peter McCarthy, Penguin Putnam Online
Michael Luby, Columbia University Electronic Publishing
Richard Curtis, Agent and E-book Publisher

Repurposing Electronic Materials: New Forms and New Uses
David Seaman, Digital Library Federation
Robin Bryan, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County

Usage: Tracking and Managing E-book Use While Preserving
Privacy
Gwen Jones, John Wiley
Karen Coyle, California Digital Library

Prior registration is required.

To register, check out
http://www.ala.org/events/midwinter2003/registration.html
Hotel information is also available by clicking on this link.

Fees: $25 for ALA and division members
        $35 for non-members
        $15 for students and retirees

This program is sponsored by ALA's Office for Information Technology
Policy and the Open e-Book Forum.