Today, in acknowledgment of Library Advocacy Day, Sony revealed its new Reader Library Program. The program aims to support the expansion of public libraries into eBooks and will be available to all public libraries with a growing eBooks collection. Sony explained in a recent press release:
"Libraries play an important role in our civic and cultural life, and Sony believes that it's important to support public library systems as they expand their services and digital offerings, particularly eBooks," said Phil Lubell, vice president for Sony's Reader business. "Our program is a new initiative that will provide librarians with additional resources, enabling them to inform and demonstrate to patrons how to benefit from their growing eBook collections."
The Reader Library Program will offer library staff a one-time educational online training program covering digital reading formats, sources for digital materials, and reading devices. Sony will also provide digital reading devices for library staff use and bi-annual updates meant to keep libraries current with developments in eReading technology.