IFLA launches principles, research and advice for eLending in Libraries

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The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has launched a set of resources relating to ebooks and libraries.

Providing access to ebooks is one of the most pressing issues facing libraries; public libraries, in particular, are dealing with the implications of rapidly-changing business and access models, says IFLA.

IFLA has previously issued a background paper on eLending during 2012, and is now building on this paper to launch a new official policy document IFLA Principles for Library eLending, which has been endorsed by the governing board.

In addition, the new webpages contain links to the background paper, and a commissioned thinkpiece on ebooks in libraries, both of which are intended to further the debate around the subject and provide interested colleagues with further information. There are links to existing campaigns on ebooks, and further details on how to get involved in IFLA's work on the issue.

The plan is to build on these resources during 2013 and expand the amount of information available. The Principles will be discussed at the MLAS Seminar on eBooks in Libraries on 21 February in London.