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I am a librarian at a small public library. We are not forcing digital formats on our patrons; they are being demanded of us. Our print budget is staying the same or slightly increasing; the free digital copies our patrons have access to are from a consortium collection and the cost does not come out of our materials budget. Librarians are not the force behind constant format changes and equipment upgrades.

Digital books have not made much of a dent in our print circulation as yet, but I expect to see that within two years. We are seeing a massive drop in DVD checkouts which is primarily due to Netflix and other downloadable visual media over which we have no control. We are beginning to see a drop in sales of used books because more people have ereaders, and don't need to purchase cheap materials to read.

So - what do you suggest we do? Pretend other formats do not exist and deal only with print? The people who need print are still coming to us, but I expect the number will dwindle over time. The size of our print collection is static because we have reached the limit our space can hold, but our consortial ebook collection keeps growing.

Should we drop the ebook connection so as not to encourage that digital divide? Only if we want to lose some patrons forever... We are planning to add ereaders to our collection in the near future, which should help patrons who can't afford the equipment to access the wide range of digital books, and that is about the best we can do.

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