Initial CIBER study results on library finances presented at Charleston Conference

Results of CIBER study on library finances, presented by Mark Kendall of YBP and Christopher Warnock of ebrary.

These notes were done on the fly, forgive any typos.

Demographics:

  • 589 responses
  • 71% academic libraries responded – most in north america (was Mexico in the NA grouping?), 55% USA
  • 87% members of consortium

Financial outlook

  • 420 responses
  • libraries with budgets of less than 2 million were majority of respondents
  • budget reductions of 20% or more in most north american libraries
  • 40% believe this will be stable over the next year
  • non north american libraries were a bit more optimistic about budgets
  • 40-44% feel budgets will stand still (but they are not counting inflation as a factor) Continue reading

Charleston eBook Preconference – eBook standards session

Yesterday at the Charleston Conference we hosted a preconference on eBooks, titled “eBooks: Not just another binding.”  Carolyn Morris from Coutts, James Galbraith from OCLC, Janet Fischer from PCG Industries, and Sue Polanka from Wright State University organized the preconference.  There were 5 sessions on a variety of topics.  The discussion was great, questions were thought provoking, and feedback was excellent.  A great big thanks to all of our speakers for sharing their time and expertise.

The presentations from the sessions will be posted here on the NSR blog.  The first session was on eBook standards, presented by Emilie Delquie of PCG and Randy Petway of Publishing Technologies.  Their presentations are attached below.  Contact information for each speaker is in the slides.

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.

Emilie Delquie, Head of Research, Publishers Communication Group presentation

Randy Petway, Exec Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Publishing Technology presentation