Library chief's selected for national role
A LIBRARY expert from Staffordshire has been picked to join a national review panel looking at the future of e-books in libraries.
Janene Cox will be involved in coming up with a suitable model for e-lending, which meets the needs of book borrowers and also provides fair rewards to publishers and authors.
She already has experience of the subject because she oversees the libraries service as Staffordshire County Council's commissioner for tourism and the cultural county.
Ms Cox, who is president of the Society of Chief Librarians, said: "Lending e-books and audio downloads is already an important part of the offer for many public libraries.
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"It does offer a great new way for people to access library services through the web and their mobile devices.
"I don't believe that they will replace printed books or other information sources totally, but they will complement and enhance them."
The Sentinel recently revealed more than 1,000 e-books were borrowed from Staffordshire's libraries in August alone. The county council has a total of 1,800 of the digital books available for loan.
Ms Cox added: "The provision of a good selection of e-books will mean we're widening access, potentially generating new audiences and, importantly, staying in touch with the changing ways in which people interact with society, services and reading via technology."