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E-Book Expo: Lyrasis Panel Discussion (archive)

November 24, 2009

Last Friday, I was very pleased to participate as part of this panel discussion being held by Lyrasis at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg Pa. The ambitious hour-long agenda covered many aspects of working with e-books in libraries, featuring just five minutes from eight different speakers and several excellent questions from participants.

The outline of the speakers and topics ran more or less as follows:

  • Timothy Cherubini (Lyrasis): Introductory remarks 'E-books are back!'

  • Nancy Adams (H'bg Univ of Sci & Tech): Process of beginning to explore e-books; features and functionality

  • Tim Siftar (Drexel Univ): Collaborating with faculty to promote e-book use, e-books as textbooks

  • Becky Albitz (Penn State Univ): E-book adoption challenges

  • Mary Sue (OCLC): How do users find e-books? MARC, persistent URLs, OPAC, federated search, google

  • Cynthia Cleto (Springer): E-book business models (subscription, perpetual, pay as you go), DRM

  • Jackie LaPlaca (IGI-Global): DRM, licensing (including SERU), library/publisher communication

  • Lou Mutty (Books 24x7): Marketing your e-books (early adoption, help pages, etc.)

  • John McLaughlin (Cengage): Beyond the PDF (new technology, functionality & social media)

Here's the link to the archived webcast. Please note that the archive is viewable on the Eluminate platform and requires an updated version of Java to run, ie - you will be prompted to run the plugin when clicking this link.

I would enjoy hearing any comments you have.


Tim Siftar