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Wednesday, November 8 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
eBooks Speed Dating: Who’s in the Driver Seat Going Forward?

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Probably more than any technology, digital formats have changed the nature of libraries, expanding opportunities for technology advancements and affecting user behaviors. Many lessons have been learned with how eBooks are acquired, licensed by libraries and used worldwide. Libraries are shifting their focus on collections and management, becoming more aware of their community’s mobility, opportunity to read and seek information from many locales, modes and devices. A known and growing commodity, eBooks will only increase their presence and availability.

This session will be a “speed-dating-esque” program led by a librarian, a consortium leader and a publisher’s representative. Each speaker will have 90 seconds to address a topical list developed by the audience at the start of the session. This highly interactive and collaborative discussion will address pros and cons and allow participants the opportunity to shape this unconference approach to future-thinking about eBook trends:

• Speed Dating Round 1: Acquisitions Pros and Cons
o scholarly vs trade content; fiction vs non-fiction
o free vs fee; own vs lease
o pricing comparisons to other formats
o format duplication among library holdings
• Speed Dating Round 2: Platform Pros and Cons
o platform preferences
o concurrent readers
o mobile device optimization
o role of DRM
o on-demand reading
• Second Date: Shifting Collections Strategies
o eBooks as textbooks
o library and college affordability initiatives
o collaborative collection building
o data-driven decision making
o user experience/engagement

Takeaways include highlighting the new and ongoing trends and developments of eBooks. What role is there for libraries and consortia to shape future business models? What initiatives will publishers take? How dependent will both parties be on third-party providers? Come participate in what promises to be a lively and provocative discussion.

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Jackie Ricords

Director of E-Resources, IGI Global
Jackie Ricords leads IGI Global’s e-resources and consortia outreach efforts. Prior to joining the STM publisher, she worked in higher education for more than a decade teaching and directing professional development programs for educators. Jackie has expertise in digital resources... Read More →

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Jeremy Garskof

Director of TS, Gettysburg College
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Julia Gelfand

Applied Sciences & Engineering Librarian, University of California, Irvine
Julia Gelfand has participated in many Charleston conferences for nearly 20 years.  She continues to have interests in many aspects of the library, publisher, vendor triad that shapes collection development decisions and is watching the tides shift with new and emerging technologies... Read More →
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Lisa Mackinder

Head of Acquisitions and Collections Services, Ohio University
I'm interested in the constantly shifting and changing nature of acquiring materials in all formats. I'm especially interested in e-books, streaming media, the perpetual access conundrum, and finding solutions that allow us to better fulfill our users' needs with diminishing res... Read More →
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Jill Morris

Executive Director, PALCI
Jill Morris is the Executive Director of PALCI, the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation, a regional nonprofit library consortium made up of 74 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia. For the past 12 years, Jill... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom 2, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401