November 27, 2015

ALA Leaders Also to Meet With Executives From Random House


The leaders of the American Library Association have added a fourth publisher — Random House — to the list of publishers the group is planning to meet with at the end of this month.

As LJ reported, the ALA delegation will meet with top executives from Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin about their ebook lending policies, which, in the case of the first two, are non-existent, and for Penguin is limited to backlist titles.  The ALA contingent will include Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director; Molly Raphael, ALA President; Maureen Sullivan, ALA President-elect; Robert Wolven, cochair of ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group (and associate university librarian at Columbia University); and Alan Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.

On ALA’s econtent blog, Raphael wrote today:

As reported to ALA Council and at other venues during the 2012 Midwinter Meeting, I will be leading an ALA delegation next week to meet separately with Penguin, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster. I am now pleased to announce that Random House has invited ALA leadership to meet with them as well. The four meetings involve senior executives at these publishing houses, and the Macmillan and Simon & Schuster meetings will also include their respective CEOs. The meeting with Random House includes Madeline McIntosh, president of Sales, Operations, and Digital.


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