Ebooks have tremendous beneficial potential, particularly for Australians in remote areas and those with impaired mobility or vision. Compared to physical books however, the rights of libraries to acquire and lend them are severely restricted. This project brings together 8 library partners with legal, social and data science researchers to investigate ebook lending practices and understand their social impacts. Building upon that evidence base, the project will identify ways of reforming policy, law, and practice to help libraries fulfil their public interest missions. This project seeks to cast new light on libraries’ social and cultural roles in the digital age, and enable them to extract more value from existing public investments.
Dr Rebecca Giblin (Monash University – Faculty of Law) A/Prof Kimberlee Weatherall (University of Sydney), Prof Julian Thomas (Swinburne University of Technology) Prof Geoffrey Webb (Monash University – School of IT)
National and State Libraries Australian Library and Information Association LTD State Library of Western Australia State Library of New South Wales State Library of South Australia Yarra Plenty Regional Library service Gold Coast City Council Brisbane City Council
A/Prof Chris Trotter (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences) Dr Catherine Flynn (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences) Dr Bronwyn Naylor Prof Paul Collier (Faculty of Business and Economics) A/Prof David Baker (Faculty of Arts) Dr Kay McCauley-Elsom (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences) Dr Anna Eriksson (Faculty of Arts)
(Administered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University)
Department of Human Services, Vic Department of Human Services Victoria-Child Safety Commissioner Department of Justice, Victoria Prison Fellowship Australia - Victoria, SHINE for Kids Co-operative Ltd VACRO - Victorian Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders