Last chance for Charleston eBook preconference

If you are headed to Charleston next week and have Wednesday free, please consider attending the preconference.  The full program is listed here. Summaries/highlights will be posted to the blog after the event.


eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing ebooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: ebook standards, such as epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; ebook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans and catalog records; ebook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding the discoverability and visibility of ebooks.


9:00 – 9:15     Welcome and Introductions

Sue Polanka, Wright State University
Janet Fischer, Publishers Communication Group, Inc.

9:15 – 10:15    Session 1 – eBook Standards

Our speakers will examine ebook standards from an industry and library perspective, specifically: What standards exist? What standards should exist? What librarians want in the way of ebook standards.

Randy Petway, Exec Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Publishing Technology
Emilie Delquie, Head of Research, Publishers Communication Group

10:15 – 10:30    Break

10:30 – 12:00    Session 2 – eBooks and Libraries:  Workflow & Cataloging Issues

Implementing ebooks in a traditional print environment presents different challenges and opportunities.  Cataloging, workflow integration, content discovery, vendors and licensing agreements, budgeting, and patron driven acquisition issues will be discussed along with practical advice from librarians.

Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources & Acquisitions Librarian, University of California – Irvine
Lindsey Schell, Bibliographer, University of Texas at Austin
Supplier-provided MARC records-with-purchase have become the norm for aggregated ebooks as libraries cope with large title sets and limited resources.  While this appears to be an extension of the general trend toward shelfready new purchases and outsourced cataloging, the ebook model is not a parallel to the print paradigm.  Deb Silverman will discuss some of the issues that both libraries and vendors face as they try to integrate ebook records from vendors into their locally curated catalogs, and how the cataloging community is addressing some of these issues to insure that the catalog functions as an integrated effective discovery tool.
Deb Silverman, Manager of Technical Services, Ingram Digital

1:00 – 2:00      Session 3  – eBook Readers in Libraries

A plethora of ebook readers are coming to the market along with a wide variety of solutions for libraries to serve them. Marcus Woodburn will give an overview of the digital solutions currently available (and rumored) and a sense of how the publishing world is adapting to them in terms of pricing and rights.  Which books are they making available?  What are the limitations?  What changes can we expect?  He will also examine digital textbook solutions serving the academic population directly, but which should hold interest for the library community.

Marcus Woodburn, Director of Publisher Business Development, Ingram Content Group

Digital content is a growing part of library collections. Librarians would like to offer patrons the ability to effectively access and download this content to e-Readers, allowing for portability and greater interaction with the text. But, this type of service poses challenges.   What readers are available? Can a device that was developed for the consumer market work in an institutional setting? How much money should be budgeted to try them?   What factors should be considered when purchasing e-Readers for patron use?  Anne Behler will share her real-world experience with establishing an e-Reader pilot project at Penn State, which involved partnering with Sony Electronics, Inc. to investigate the e-Reader’s place in an academic setting.

Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian, Penn State University

2:00 – 2:15     Break

2:15 – 3:15    Session 4 – eBook Economics
Morgan & Claypool Publishers are famous for publishing high quality STM e-books without DRM.  As a new publisher, the company’s main focus is on ebooks rather than print.  The company’s cofounder, Mike Morgan, will speak about how this enables them to create works that can fill the needs of researchers, students and librarians in ways that traditional books cannot.
Mike Morgan, President and CoFounder, Morgan & Claypool
As the ebook has developed, so too has the business model.  Here, a variety of ebook business models will be examined, highlighting opportunities and challenges with each, and presenting creative business models for unique situations.
Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer Science+Business Media

3:15 – 3:45    Session 5 – eBook Discoverability and Visibility

Increasing the discoverability of ebooks means making sure they are easy to find when users are looking for them. Increasing the visibility means placing them in the user’s workflow even when they aren’t actively looking for them. Both initiatives are vital when placing books online. In this session we’ll discuss the issues surrounding the discoverability and visibility of ebooks, focusing on the academic, research, and clinical areas.

Anh Bui, Executive Publication Manager, Books Products, HighWire Press

3:45 – 4:00     Questions, Wrap up, and Brief Closing Remarks