Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations Interest Group
8:30 am to 10:00 am, US/Pacific
The Changing Textbook Ecosystem in Higher Education: New Opportunities, New Perspectives
PVLR, the Publisher-Vendor-Library Interest Group of ALCTS, has put together a stellar panel whose members will focus on intriguing and enlightening perspectives about textbooks, possibly the one major area of campus “content” which has normally been beyond library mandate. Now some librarians have begun to take notice of textbooks. In doing so, they join a community whose earliest members—students, professors, publishers, and bookstores—have already experienced revolutionary change. What has happened, and what is happening today, in this volatile marketplace? Should libraries acquire, market, and even create textbooks? How can libraries, publishers, and vendors share their perspectives to gain a new understanding and ultimately provide better access to textbooks— whether print or online, whether new or used, and whether bought, sold, shared, rented, or free.
Again, please join us Monday June 30th 2014, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM in room LVCC-N263.
Our panel members are:
• Kris Lange (Ingram) will set the stage by describing how the ecosystem of textbooks has changed since he, as a student, created BookFool and now is engaged with Textbook Army, two online buyback sites for students and bookstores.
• Franny Kelly (Wiley) will discuss how the textbook market looks today from the standpoint of a major international publisher of online and print textbooks.
• Cyril Oberlander (SUNY Geneseo) will describe a visionary project to publish open access textbooks across the entire State University of New York system.
• Chuck Hamaker (UNC Charlotte) will talk about how librarians can work with bookstores while creating effective marketing strategies to help faculty select and students access course readings in the library’s eBook collection.
Also, please join us for a PVLR business meeting, where we will plan our next Forum, for the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Thanks to all who responded to our survey on upcoming Forums, where we learned about many areas of interest, from business practice ethics, to technical services collaborations, to knowledge base records, to shelf-ready issues, and more. All conference-goers are welcome to our meeting, with no need for any membership or registration. We will meet Saturday, June 28, 2014, 4:30-5:30 PM, LVCC N228.