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.