1:00-1:30 pm Panel 1 Michael Levine-Clark and Rebecca Seger: Ebooks: Key Challenges, Future Possibilities
For scholarly publishing and academic libraries, the transition from print to ebooks has been slower than we initially imagined. Multiple business models, concerns about digital rights management and long-term access, and the nature of long-form scholarship itself have made librarians and publishers slow to embrace ebooks to their full potential. By polling experts from both communities, we have identified five key challenges posed by ebooks. We will discuss innovative but sustainable models for acquisition, access, and long-term management that will help us make the transition.
1:35-2:05 pm Panel 2 Jill Grogg and Robert McDonald: Transitioning from Legacy Systems to Cloud Infrastructure
Next generation library management systems are moving in new directions from the historic ILS silo to new library services platforms and a key ingredient for this new type of service is grounded in a cloud computing future. New developments that modularize the core functions of an ILS within the library services platform also should allow for new options for dis-integrated discovery layers and use of outside e-resource data that can take advantage of data feeds coming from commercial and other supplied application programming interfaces (APIs). How will these key changes benefit your library? What are the pitfalls? What does your library need to know about migrating to the next generation library services platforms and when is the right time to migrate?
2:10-2:40 pm Panel 3 Jonathan Harwell and Jim Bunnelle: Lightning Round: Alternative Serial Distribution Models for Libraries
It’s 2014, and library patrons still have limited ways to access the text of articles behind pay walls. The current mix of subscriptions, interlibrary loan or document delivery, and pay per view is unsustainable for endangered library budgets, and thus is unsustainable for publishers. It’s time to begin leveraging the tools we use for e-books-- discovery services, demand-driven acquisition, and perpetual purchase-- and apply them to articles. After all, the distinction between a monograph and a serial is fluid. Books in series, book-length articles, article-length books, and special issues sold as monographs illustrate the folly of treating them as inherently different creatures. Let’s talk about what it will take to enable publishers and librarians to work together on sustainable, perpetual purchases of serial content.
2:45-3:00 pm Rick Anderson: Depth Perception in Academic Libraries: A Two-Dimensional Model
Academic libraries are unlike many other mission-driven institutions in that they have to situate their missions and strategies in two dimensions simultaneously: spatial (along a spectrum from local to global) and temporal (short-term to long-term). Furthermore, they have to harmonize their strategic orientations with those of their host institutions, resulting a complex and sometimes politically difficult set of contervailing tensions. Rick will share a model he has created for visualizing these dynamics and solicit input and discussion from the group.