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Purpose: Provides connectivity between publishers, libraries, and vendors. We strive to bridge gaps in communication among these groups by supplying ongoing training opportunities, hosting discussion groups, and presenting information on current and future trends through ALA programs and eforums.

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  • 1.  Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations Interest Group Forum

    Posted Jan 12, 2017 07:15 AM


    Title: Defining a Sustainable E-book Model: Questions and Answers about Digital Monographs

    Time: Monday, January 23, 8:30am-10:00am

    Location: GWCC B215



    Although national statistics which track e-books trends suggests that sales are decreasing, the development of new e-book business models appears to be on the rise. Libraries are struggling to manage a variety of e-book platforms from a vast array of publishers. Purchase options include individual monograph selection, subscription models, usage driven purchases, and e-book collections which have gotten bigger and bigger. Other issues include multiple platforms and access. While publishers and vendors pursue ways to maximize revenue, there has been push back from libraries, which want to get content on an “as needed” basis. E-books are not as easy to manage, it can be hard for a library to acquire content, and e-book models keeps evolving.


    The January 2017 PLVR panel discussion will provide a forum for the discussion about key trends for e-books in libraries. We will address questions about how publishers, vendors and libraries can negotiate issues surrounding business models, electronic property rights, print and download limits. How can publishers assure availability and access in the future? What gives everybody the best return on investment? We will also discuss accessibility options: what are the requirements for accessibility how should it be built into an e-book platform? What is its effect on libraries?

    This session will bring together librarians, publishing professionals and library services representatives to brainstorm future directions and lead a discussion about finding solutions to these challenges.


    Michael Bills is Director of Sales and Marketing, Digital Products, at Baker & Taylor. He is business leader for B&T's digital platform Axis 360, and the products within the Electronic Business & Information Services group: Title Source, Content Café, MyLibraryBookstore and BiblioStat Collect & Connect.  Feeling fortunate to have made a career in the world of books, Michael was manager of the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA, worked for ten years in publishing with Pearson Education and has participated in the launch of several digital startups including NetLibrary, Ingram Digital and Baker & Taylor's Axis 360. Most recently, Michael has been coordinating Baker & Taylor's participation with the Open eBooks Initiative. He holds a B.A. in English from Boston University, and earned his M.B.A. at the University of Colorado.


    David Burleigh is Director of Marketing & Communication at OverDrive, the leading eBook and digital media platform for libraries and schools. In this role, he leads the company’s brand marketing efforts as well as paid, owned and earned media activities targeting both B2B and B2C markets. David has more than 20 years of experience in marketing global products and services in a variety of industries, including professional services, healthcare and technology. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University, including an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications. {David, I pulled this off the Internet. We will use the version you will have sent to us}.


    Alexa Pearce is Head of the Social Sciences Team in the University of Michigan Library. Pearce served previously as Librarian for History & American Culture at U-M and Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. She received an M.A. in World History and a B.A. in History from NYU and an M.S.L.I.S. from Long Island University's (LIU) Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Pearce has held teaching appointments at the Pratt Institute's School of Information and LIU's Palmer School.


    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 16 years, and has focused on product development, business model strategy, and the sales and marketing of ebooks, databases and journals to and for the academic and library community, and has been part of the product teams that have developed such products as University Press Scholarship Online. She is a past chair of the AAP/ALCTS Joint Publisher/Librarian Committee and has spoken often on a wide range of library/publisher-related issues at industry gatherings, including the Charleston Conference, American Library Association, NFAIS, ER&L, and Association of American Publishers/PSP Division seminars.