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The Washington State Library is pleased to announce that registration for the 2022 Public Library eBook Conference is now open. Scheduled for November 3 & 4 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, the purpose of the conference is to explore issues of interest and concern around the topic of eBook and eAudiobook collections in public libraries. The conference is sponsored by the Washington State Library and underwritten with federal LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) funding provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The conference’s featured keynote speaker is Kelvin Watson, Executive Director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. One of the most highly respected thought leaders in the library industry, Watson is co-chair of the ALA Digital Content Working Group, and a Book Industry Study Group Board member, among other distinctions.

Steve Potash, OverDrive CEO, is expected to make a cameo appearance via prerecorded video. Other speakers include Sara Jones, Washington State Librarian; Carmi Parker, Whatcom County Library System, a 2021 Library Journal Mover & Shaker; and Kate Connell, OverDrive Account Manager for Washington libraries. A preliminary conference program is available online.

All Washington public libraries may send at least one staff member to the conference with eligible travel expenses covered by the State Library; libraries with a population served above 20,000 may send two. Conference speakers, panel members, and Washington Digital Library Consortium (WDLC) Executive Advisory Committee members will have their expenses covered in addition to any other official attendees from their libraries. Additional “unofficial” attendees may attend at their own or their library’s expense, up to the meeting venue capacity, on a first-come, first-served basis (official attendees will be given priority).

Attendees living and working more than 50 miles from the conference venue are eligible for reimbursement for up to two nights stay at the Hotel Murano. More details including hotel reservation information are available on the registration form. Conference room rates are guaranteed through October 12. All registrations must be received no later than October 24.

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the Conference Convener, Will Stuivenga, Library Development Cooperative Projects Manager for the Washington State Library, a Division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

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