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Friday, November 7 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Sustainability, not Profitability: the Future of Scholarly Monographs and STL

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Concern about the sustainability of scholarly monograph publishing is nothing new. Long-form scholarship, while crucial to the academy, is expensive to produce and often finds only a very small audience of readers. For most of the history of scholarly book publishing, universities helped support the cost of publication, and academic libraries purchased a large enough portion of an initial print run to make book publishing sustainable. Libraries have long had collection development strategies that allowed for purchasing monographs “just in case.” The introduction of e-books allowed for the development of demand-driven acquisition (DDA), which allows libraries to only purchase books with demonstrated need, and of the short-term loan (STL), which allows libraries to pay for temporary access of lower use monographs. This model has made it possible for libraries to present bigger collections to their users than would be possible under traditional models, but publishers have seen radically decreased revenues as STL programs have expanded – something that impacts their ability to continue to publish scholarly monographs. Recent decisions by some publishers to raise STL fees highlight the challenges facing all participants in the scholarly communication ecosystem. A monograph that does not recoup the costs associated with its production cannot be published – something that impacts scholars at all of our institutions. This panel of publishers, librarians, and an approval vendor will share data and experiences to help lead to greater mutual understanding, and which will hopefully help make long-form scholarly publishing sustainable in this new era.

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Barbara Kawecki

Director, GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
Barbara Kawecki, Director of Customer Retention, Western U.S., is responsible for the management and growth of GOBI Library Solutions business throughout the western U.S. Barbara has more than 23 years of experience selling information products and services into the academic library... Read More →
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Michael Levine-Clark

Dean, University of Denver
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Emily McElroy

Dean, McGoogan Health Sciences Library, University of Nebraska Medical Center
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Lisa Nachtigall

Sales Strategy and Operations, Consultant
I spent the last 8 years at Wiley with responsibility for the academic sales strategy and operations for digital books. My primary focus is on library channels. In addition to the development of sales and pricing models for Wiley Online Library, I also set Wiley’s strategies for... Read More →
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Rebecca Seger

Vice President, Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships, ITHAKA

Friday November 7, 2014 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403