Collections librarians Tony Horova (University of Ottawa), Nancy Gibbs (Duke University), Jessica Grim (Oberlin College) and Helen Clarke (University of Calgary) join Tim Williams from Edward Elgar Publishing and Michael Zeoli from YBP to discuss why independent publishers are increasingly building their own content platforms and the benefits and challenges this brings for acquisition librarians in managing their collections. Delegates will hear both the library and independent publisher's perspectives.
In a time of major turbulence in the book industry, why are independent book publishers increasingly investing in expensive technology to host books when aggregators already do this job for them? Why do some libraries prefer ebooks on publishers' platforms? What are the challenges for librarians in managing this alongside DDA, e-preferred and print approval plans?
Issues such as technology decisions, license terms, business models, workflow issues, and the challenges faced by librarians in dealing directly with publishers at a time when library budgets and staff are increasingly stretched will be discussed.
The participants on the panel all have extensive experience will collections development and emerging electronic business models such as e-approval plans, DDA, publisher collections.