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Monday, November 6 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Future of the Academic Book: Strengthening the Research Ecosystem

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Registration Cost: $150

It’s a truly fascinating time to be working in academia. Changes in the scholarly information chain are coming hard and fast, often prompted and necessitated by external drivers such as the funding bodies’ open access mandates, squeezed library budgets and reduced print sales, and the importance of demonstrating impact of research.

Publishers have responded by launching new book formats, such as short-form, and new ways of measuring book usage. New players have entered the fray with innovative business models and ways of working. Authors face challenges of their own: demonstrating and achieving true impact with research; how to truly achieve the elusive goal of interdisciplinarity; how to safeguard academic freedom; and how to satisfy the demands of regulatory requirements. Librarians are struggling to absorb it all, adapt their systems, communicate to their users, and re-imagine their place in the scholarly community.

This session will bring together diverse stakeholders in the research ecosystem for scholarly books—including a commercial publisher, university press, open access program, faculty author and academic librarian—creating a forum for lively discussion and sharing of ideas, knowledge and perspectives on collaboration, transparency, business models, skills, technology, siloes, sustainability and neglected fields in the book market. We will follow a loosely structured format emphasizing the informal exchange of ideas between participants, including breakout groups to be run concurrently around key themes of interdisciplinarity, impact and innovation.

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Beth Bernhardt

Consortia Account Manager, Oxford University Press/ Previously at UNC Greensboro
Beth works for Oxford University Press as a Consortia Account Manager. Before coming to OUP she was the Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications at UNC Greensboro. Beth has served as the Principle Program Director for the Charleston Conference since... Read More →
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Ann Beynon

Manager, Solution Specialists, Clarivate Analytics
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Peter Brantley

Director of Online Strategy, UC Davis
Peter Brantley (@naypinya) is Director of Online Strategy for the University of California Davis Library. Previously, I was the Director of Digital Development at New York Public Library, and the Director of Scholarly Communication at the open source not-for-profit, Hypothes.is. Currently... Read More →
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Charlotte Maiorana

Senior Editor, Emerald Publishing
Charlotte Maiorana is Senior Editor at Emerald Publishing, where she is growing the scholarly business, economics, finance, and information science book programs as well as the professional business list in North America. Prior to Emerald, Charlotte was a business trade book editor... Read More →
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Gita Manaktala

Editorial Director, MIT Press
Gita Manaktala is Editorial Director of the MIT Press, a publisher of scholarship at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology. Known for intellectual daring and distinctive design, MIT Press books push the frontiers of new knowledge in fields ranging from contemporary... Read More →
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Matthew W. Ragas

Associate Professor, College of Communication, DePaul University
Matt Ragas, Ph.D. is an associate professor and academic director of the public relations and advertising graduate program in the College of Communication at DePaul University in Chicago. An award-winning teacher, researcher and student adviser, he teaches and researches at the intersection... Read More →
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Charles Watkinson

Associate University Librarian, University of Michigan
I'm AUL for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. I'm particularly interested in next-gen institutional repositories, the future of ebook collections and acquisitions, and how books can also get to participate in the networked digital... Read More →
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Andrew Wesolek

Head of Digital Scholarship, Clemson University
Andrew Wesolek serves as Head of Digital Scholarship at Clemson University. In this role, he captures the intellectual output of Clemson University and works to make it openly available to any researcher with an internet connection. He also works closely with Clemson University Press... Read More →

Monday November 6, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Laurens Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401