Speculation on the demise of print – and libraries along with it – have been widespread since the advent of the eBook. Dramatic improvements in eReader devices over the last few years have made eBooks the preferred option for many, and library services have been evolving to meet user expectations. But does this mean that libraries and eBooks will live happily ever after?!
Join us in Glasgow on Friday 5th September to find out about the latest eBook developments in library services, and to discuss the challenges that remain.
Our opening keynote comes from Gerald Leitner taskforce leader of the EBLIDA Right to e-read campaign, which seeks to effect policy change at EU level to ensure that copyright legislation and publishers’ licensing arrangements enable library eBook lending.
We then have two landscape sessions focussing on the future for academic publishing and the trends in eBook provision in Scottish public libraries.
Other sessions cover the practical challenges of working with eBooks, including collaborative eBook procurement based on the SCURL-led project in Scottish academic libraries, and accessibility issues.
The growth and impact of the self-publishing market will also be considered in two sessions covering both the library and the publisher perspective.
The afternoon keynote comes from Claire Squires, Director of the Centre for International Publishing & Communication at Stirling University, who will be discussing the history of the book and the eBook’s place in this.
The day concludes with a panel discussion on the changing face of reading chaired by Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland.
The conference is coordinated by SLIC in collaboration with SCURL and JISC.
For more information, or to book a place, please visit http://www.scottishlibraries.org/ebooks.
Booking will close on the 29th August.