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Friday, November 9 • 9:45am - 10:30am
Going it Alone: Why University Presses are Creating Their Own EBook Collections

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Most university presses deliver their ebooks to libraries through aggregators such as JSTOR, Project MUSE, EBSCO, and ProQuest. However, in 2019 two university presses, MIT Press and University of Michigan Press, will launch their own ebook offerings for direct sale to institutions and other presses are considering following suit. While Oxford, Cambridge, and Duke have offered their own ebook products for a number of years, and there are some important specialist collections (such as the Loeb Online Library from Harvard) in the marketplace, the intensity of discussion within the university press community about “going it alone” is new and deserves further interrogation. This session will explore why MIT and Michigan are taking the bold step of launching their own ebook products, what problems they are trying to solve by doing so, and the processes they have gone through to work out the licensing and business terms. Join us to discover new trends in the ebook landscape, give feedback on some emerging mission-driven products, and explore the continued evolution of the scholarly communication landscape.

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Heather Staines

Senior Strategy Consultant, Delta Think
Open Access, Strategy projects, Data, karaoke--and dogs!


Terry Ehling

Managing Director, MIT Knowledge Futures Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Sharla Lair

Senior Strategist, OA & ScholComm Initiatives, Lyrasis
Sharla Lair serves as a strategist for the Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives team at Lyrasis, a non-profit, membership organization. Since 2015, Sharla’s role at Lyrasis has been to advance innovative content licensing and open scholarship. She is particularly interested... Read More →
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Charles Watkinson

Director, University of Michigan Press, University of Michigan
I'm AUL for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. I'm particularly interested in next-gen institutional repositories, the future of ebook collections and acquisitions, and how books can also get to participate in the networked digital... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 9:45am - 10:30am EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel