Presented by Jane Nichols
Collection Development Librarian for Social Sciences & Humanities, Oregon State University
Co-Authored by Evviva Weinraub
Director, Emerging Technologies and Services, Oregon State University Libraries.
Books and journal articles are the most familiar forms of disseminating scholarly research, however, the move from "ink-on-paper" to a digital format presents small presses with difficulties. Ebooks, eReaders and digital publishing demand that presses transform their publishing model and rethink their business practices. Challenges are wide ranging and numerous; inadequate resources hinder press staff ability to develop the necessary skills to create eBooks while lack of experience with eReading technology limits staff knowledge. With the barrier of device ownership removed, do publishing staff feel better prepared to create new services, develop their skills, and transform their practices?
Librarians at Oregon State University Libraries & Press recognized that our press staff lacked personal experience with eReading technology. We secured funding to distribute four different types of eReaders to the Press staff as part of a larger year-long study of eReader adoption and use. In this poster session we will explore some of the study’s findings and discuss how small presses face challenges as they move into digital publishing. We’ll also look at some of the emotional and intellectual factors influencing adoption or rejection of eReader technology by the Press staff; how their experience has changed their business and their thoughts on the future of the book.