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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Do We Need E-book Aggregators?

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The current model of academic e-book distribution, either via aggregators or directly from publishers is fraught with inherent inefficiencies and pitfalls. Specifically, aggregators, by adapting titles to their unique platform requirements, are delaying the digital release of titles. Publishers, by promulgating a multitude of proprietary platforms or insisting upon bundled purchases, create problems of discovery and access as well as budgetary dilemmas. In both instances, there is also the issue of true ownership of the material bought. Might the solution to these problems be the creation of a new method of e-book distribution mirroring traditional book vending? That is, might traditional booksellers and publishers create a system to supply e-books in a standardized format (PDF?) which would then be housed either on local college/library servers or in cloud servers controlled by the library?

A panel consisting of two librarians, a traditional book wholesaler, a publisher, and an e-book aggregator will tackle the idea.


Speakers
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Jay Askuvich

General Sales Manager, Midwest Library Service
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Forrest Link

Acquisitions Librarian, The College of New Jersey
Forrest has been the Acquisitions Librarian at TCNJ since 2010.  His research interests include collection development and assessment and ebook applications.   Prior to his appointment at TCNJ, he was a vendor rep for Blackwell Book and Midwest Library Service.  A lifelong resident of the Garden State, he holds a BA and MA in Classics and an MLS, all from Rutgers.
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Kari Paulson

President, EBook Library
Kari Paulson is the President and founder of Ebook Library (EBL), a subsidiary of Ebooks Corporation and has more than a decade of experience with ebook technology, working closely both with publishers and libraries to continue to innovate ebook access models and technology. Kari currently oversees EBL’s global operations and thoroughly enjoys the challenges of working in a high growth, rapidly changing space in libraries and... Read More →
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Rebecca Seger

Senior Director, Institutional Sales, Americas, Oxford University Press
Rebecca Seger is the Senior Director for Institutional Sales at Oxford University Press USA.  She has been working with libraries for her entire career, currently leading the OUP team that works with, and sells, to all types of libraries and consortia in North and South America.  Rebecca has been with OUP for 14 years, and has focused on the product development, sales and marketing of ebooks, databases and journals to and for the academic and... Read More →
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Luke Swindler

Collections Management Officer, Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Luke Swindler has been working in collections for over three decades. In his current position he has a leading role in analyzing, planning, and managing library collections generally and spearheading e-books initiatives specifically for the University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Friday November 9, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Cypress Ballroom South 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401