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Thursday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
E-book Rights: Advocacy in Action

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Ebook rights advocacy efforts began nearly from the moment the format appeared. The topics have evolved over time but significant issues and the need for ongoing discussion and negotiation remain. To this end, Macalester College published an Ebook Advocacy Statement in 2013. Since then several libraries have signed on. Most importantly, productive conversations with ebook providers and vendors have ensued. In this session, a brief review of the statement’s genesis will be followed by an open dialog between Macalester and a representative from Ingram’s MyiLibrary, the terms of the statement will be discussed from both points of view. Participants should anticipate gaining insight on the current trends in ebook usage terms as well as a better understanding of the library, publisher, and ebook provider points of view. Attendees will also observe a strong library/vendor relationship that is rooted in a willingness to deeply engage on these topics while appreciating each others knowledge, needs, and realities that may serve as a launching point for positive change. Even though the parties do not agree on all issues, and the library is not actively purchasing ebooks, the speakers have committed to continually learning together so that in time we will both be able to fully meet the needs of our organizations and communities. We will encourage a rich Q&A/discussion period at the end.

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Katy Gabrio

Associate Library Director, Macalester
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Whitney Murphy

Product Manager, MyiLibrary, Ingram Content Group

Thursday November 6, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Magnolia Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401