I hope many of you will consider joining me at the upcoming NISO Forum on E-books.  The details are below:

NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance – Learn About the Possibilities from Experts in Libraries and Publishing

You’ve been hearing about e-books for years and now the tipping point for users seems to have arrived. How are content providers and libraries dealing with the challenges that e-books present in availability, distribution, licensing, discoverability, and access? How are they changing their processes and business models to incorporate e-books?

NISO has assembled a stellar group of speakers for a two-day forum on The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books, to be held on October 24-25 in Baltimore, Maryland. The speakers and panels, representing commercial and university publishers, public and academic libraries, vendors, service providers, and technologists will probe the key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of industry, library, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints. NISO educational forums are routinely praised for their excellent selection of speakers representing a diversity of viewpoints across the scholarly information community and the small size which provides opportunities to network with speakers and other attendees.


  • Keynote Presentation: E-books: a Library and Publisher PartnershipJamie LaRue (Director, Douglas County, Colorado Libraries)
  • Panel discussion: Publisher and Content Provider Issues
    • Alex Holzman (Director, Temple University Press)
    • Jennifer Kemp (eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer)
    • Dean Smith (Director, Project MUSE)
  • Libraries, Librarians and E-books
    • Kristin Eschenfelder (Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison)
    • Caren Milloy (Head of Projects, JISC Collections)
  • E-Book Standards
    • Beat Barblan (Director, Identifier Services, Bowker)
    • Bill Kasdorf (Vice President, Apex Content Solutions)
  • Roundtable Discussions – Topics from the NISO E-Book Special Interest Group
  • Panel discussion: Vendors & Platform Providers
    • Moderator: Sue Polanka (Head of Reference & Instruction, Wright State University Libraries)
    • Matt Barnes (Vice President of Marketing, ebrary)
    • Ken Breen (Senior Director, E-Book Products, EBSCO Publishing)
    • Kari Paulson (President, EBL)
    • Rich Rosy (Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Library Services)
    • Frank Smith (Director, Books at JSTOR)
  • Users, Patrons and Devices: In the Hands of Users
    • Anne Taylor (Director of Access Technology, National Federation for the Blind)
    • Steve Paxhia (Director, Publishing Strategy & Technology Practice, The Gilbane Group)
  • Closing KeynoteLaura Dawson (Content Chief, Firebrand Technologies)


Early bird discounts apply through October 12, 2011. NISO members receive additional discounts. A student discount is also available. A complete agenda, registration, and hotel information are available on the event webpage: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2011/ebooks/

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