Negotiating with vendors, 91% of librarians do not have a documented process

November 18th, 2013 · Comments Off

Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.”  In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations. Highlights of the survey: 239 respondents […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Collection Development · Conferences/Events · Electronic Resources · Library News · Licenses/Licensing Issues · Surveys/Statistics

E-Everything: Putting It All Together

November 11th, 2011 · Comments Off

The November, 2011 issue of Against the Grain focuses on the e-everything future.  Edited by Audrey Powers from the University of South Florida, the issue discusses e-content procurement, access models and technology, content integration, first sale doctrine, and much more. It’s a great line-up of contributors and topics.  The table of contents should be posted […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Licenses/Licensing Issues · Mobile Devices · Patron Driven Acquisition · Publishing · Surveys/Statistics

ebrary’s 2011 Global Student E-book Survey results

November 1st, 2011 · Comments Off

ebrary is announcing the availability of  the 2011 Global Student E-book Survey.  Full results (downloadable) will be available in January.  Those of you attending the Charleston Conference next week can get a sneak peek at the results during a session on Friday (details below).  Here is more from the press release: ebrary Surveys Suggest Students’ […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Press Releases · Public Libraries · Surveys/Statistics · Vendor News

Building an eReader Collection, the Duke University Library experience

November 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I attended this fabulous and informative session during the Charleston Conference on building an eReader collection by Aisha Harvey, Nancy Gibbs, and Natalie Sommerville of Duke University Libraries.  I wanted to run my notes past the presenters first, to ensure accuracy, thus the tardiness of this post. First and foremost, according to the librarians, the […]

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Tags: Conferences/Events · Ebook Readers · Lending Readers · Library News · Marketing

Interview with IGI Global CEO & President, Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour

November 10th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last week, while at the Charleston Conference, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, CEO and President of IGI Global.  We discussed the history of IGI Global, current eBook offerings, and future plans for eBooks.  The discussion always seemed to come back to the basic philosophy of IGI Global – to disseminate […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · Interfaces/Platforms · Interviews · Publishing · Vendor News

Textbooks: It’s about economics and selection, not format

November 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

Great article on The Scholarly Kitchen blog by Kent Anderson, who is questioning a recent survey on student preference of print textbooks.  A clip from the blog post: Anderson says, “The survey is drawing the wrong conclusion by framing the question in terms of media choice. It’s not about print versus electronic. It’s about economics […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Press Releases · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks

Charleston Conference – eBook Archiving

November 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Yesterday, I joined a panel of publishers, aggregators, and archiving agencies to discuss the issue of eBook archiving.  I had to set the stage for libraries, which was quite easy – we are in fear of losing our content to which we no longer have control of since it is housed on someone else’s server […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Conferences/Events · Preservation · Publishing

Charleston Conference – Funding of Open Access Books

November 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Dr. Frances Pinter, Publisher, Bloomsbury Academic presented a new business model for the efficient and effective funding of open access “books.” (Frances presented this at the TOC conference and had an interview with me about the topic earlier in 2010 if you’d like more details.) Dr. Pinter described her background in publishing and the focus […]

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Charleston Conference – Open Textbooks Model & Library Involvement

November 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

Jeff Shelstad, Founder and CEO of FlatWorld Knowledge spoke first. Jeff provided some stats on higher education: 19.1 million students in 2010 in college $850 avg spent on textbook so, it’s about a 10billion industry Cengage, Pearson, McGraw-Hill are the big 3 publishers along with many other small ones Problem is that the industry has outworn […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Business Models/Pricing · Conferences/Events · EPUB · Formats · Library News · Publishing · Textbooks · Vendor News

Charleston Conference – Semantic Technology

November 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

Darrell Gunter, CEO of Gunter Media Group, Adam Marshall of Portland Press and Thane Kerner of Silver Chair presented on semantic technology and getting up to speed to better serve your user community. Each of the speakers posed 5 Questions with 5 Answers What prompted you to engage semantic technology into your products/applications? Darrell Gunter […]

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