Libraries in the Electronic Era

The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) recently released a report regarding the role of libraries in the electronic era. One of the recommendations is:

Public libraries should be champions of self-publishing and should feature self-published books in their eBook offerings.

The first thing that came to my mind when I read this was family history publishing. With local libraries mentoring citizens on writing, editing and publishing issues and providing exposure to the resulting histories, everybody wins. And, because the reach of electronic books is global, even histories written about distant locations are easily accessible to all.

That’s just one of the report’s recommendations. Read the entire report to see the rest.

One thought on “Libraries in the Electronic Era

  1. Thanks for the post. I just finished a weekend presenting a seminar at the Midwest Family History Expo in Kansas City on Family History Books: Editing, Design and Publishing. I can say first hand that what people working on their genealogies and family histories need is mentoring on how to take their books from ideas to publication. It is wonderful to see that libraries are recognizing that they can play an important role in helping people to navigate this path.


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