PA 14-82—HB 5477

General Law Committee

Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING A STATE-WIDE PLATFORM FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRONIC BOOKS

SUMMARY: This act expands the statewide library service programs that the State Library Board may establish and conduct to include creating and maintaining a statewide platform for distributing electronic books (e-books) to public library patrons.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2014

BACKGROUND

E-Books

An e-book is a book published in a digital form that is readable on computers or other electronic devices. Libraries allow patrons to download e-books they wish to read using different lending models, which depend on individual distributorship agreements.

State Library Board Programs

The statewide library services programs include:

1. cataloging and processing services;

2. creating and maintaining current and retrospective union catalogs of books, union lists of serials, and similar cooperative listings of library materials;

3. coordinating, acquiring, storing, and depositing library materials;

4. supporting and encouraging the transfer, as loans or copies, of library materials between libraries and to nonresident library patrons;

5. providing suitable high-speed communications facilities;

6. creating and maintaining bibliographic and regional reference centers;

7. providing traveling collections of library materials and book examination centers; and

8. providing publicity and public relations service for libraries.

Related Act

PA 14-98, 2(k), authorizes $2. 2 million in general obligation state bonds for the State Library to create and maintain a statewide platform for distributing e-books to library patrons.

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