Gale Digital Collections users—students, faculty, librarians, and other types of researchers—have, on the whole, been pleased with the search, retrieve, and browse paradigm that Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and other database publishers have provided over many years, when accessing digitized primary source archives in support of education and research goals. Electronic access to these archives has changed the very nature of scholarship and research over the course of the last decade or so.
In the first week of December, a delegation of leaders from the American Library Association (ALA) met—in separate meetings—with executives of Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group to discuss the current state and future of library ebook lending. This delegation was led by ALA president Courtney L. Young and the cochairs of ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke. Also included in the delegation were President-Elect Sari Feldman, immediate Past President Barbara Stripling, Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S.