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Thursday, November 8 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The eBook Story: the key to a happy ending

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"This is an exciting and challenging time for libraries. Libraries are incorporating eBooks into their acquisition, discovery and access environment to satisfy the needs of users. Users want convenience, flexibility and functionality. The ecosystem of an eBook involves a chain of events that leads from the publishing house to the user. EBooks provide diversity for users in which they can checkout, download, search, save, print, email and cite content on their electronic devices without leaving the comfort of their easy chair. Opportunities and complexities exist for stakeholders in the eBook ecosystem. Libraries, publishers, content providers and vendors find themselves challenged by such things as budgets, business models, workflows, technology, licensing, metadata, rights and discoverability. Stakeholders depend on each other to collaborate and share information. It is important that every stakeholder have access to essential information in order to make the best decisions for their institutions. What can each stakeholder do to tackle inefficiencies, disseminate information and support services?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution that is best for every stakeholder, but there can be solutions that are mutually beneficial to all that will bring positive results and open dialogue in areas like bibliographic and discovery metadata, identifier schemes, and attempts to standardize vocabulary so that cross-industry collaboration can take place. In order to create viable solutions, we have to understand what are the challenges.

In this presentation stakeholders will give insight to various challenges they encounter in efforts to bring eBook discoverability and access to users, along with problem-solving solutions for managing these resources. Attendees will be asked to share their eBook challenges and solutions. We hope that this presentation will enlighten attendees to the idiosyncrasies of eBooks and the ways for making better decisions and designing improved business models for their institutions."

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Katy Aronoff

Director of Solutions Architecture, Ex Libris
Katy Aronoff is director of solutions architecture for Ex Libris, running the pre-sales team for North America and conducting product demonstrations and workshops at libraries across the United States, Canada, and Latin America for Ex Libris. Prior to joining Ex Libris, she worked... Read More →
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Denise Branch

Head Electronic and Continuing Resources, Virginia Commonwealth University
Denise is a native of Powhatan, Virginia and the Head of Electronic and Continuing Resources at the VCU Libraries, an ARL Library. She earned her B.S. from VCU and M.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America. Managing e-resources within the Ex Libris Alma and Primo systems keeps... Read More →

Evelyn Elias

Vice President, Books Sales for the Americas, Taylor & Francis
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Emma Waecker

Senior Product Manager for eBooks, EBSCO Information Services
Emma has been at EBSCO Information Services for 9 years, and is currently Senior Product Manager for EBSCO eBooks. She is passionate about all things user experience, and has recently been focused on advancing the accessibility and mobile responsiveness of the EBSCO eBooks experience... Read More →