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ALA Washington Office

The American Library Association's Washington Office tumblr. We post about federal policies that affect libraries, including copyright, privacy and access. We also post about ebooks and, admittedly, the occasional library fluff.

Library Advocates

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Jul 10
What is DRM and what does it mean for your library?
In an effort to help the library community better understand and adapt to the growth of digital content, the ALA has released a tip sheet (pdf) that provides background on digital rights management—systems producers, publishers and vendors use to control what users can do with electronic files, such as e-books, DVD films, and other media.
We encourage library community members, librarians and supporters to use the tip sheet to provide additional information for interested parties. We also encourage librarians to keep the guide at the front desk of their libraries to answer to spark conversations with library patrons or simply answer any questions they may have about DRM.

What is DRM and what does it mean for your library?

In an effort to help the library community better understand and adapt to the growth of digital content, the ALA has released a tip sheet (pdf) that provides background on digital rights management—systems producers, publishers and vendors use to control what users can do with electronic files, such as e-books, DVD films, and other media.

We encourage library community members, librarians and supporters to use the tip sheet to provide additional information for interested parties. We also encourage librarians to keep the guide at the front desk of their libraries to answer to spark conversations with library patrons or simply answer any questions they may have about DRM.