NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance, Part 1, Day One

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About the Forum

E-books have existed in the library landscape for over a decade, but it is only in the last few years that their use has shifted to finally become the game-changer that all have anticipated for so long. Availability, distribution, licensing, discoverability, current and future access, and usage of e-books all require content providers and libraries to change many of their existing processes and develop new ways to do business. Amidst this confusion is a wealth of opportunities for new collaborations and initiatives.

The NISO Forum, The E-Book Renaissance: Exploring the Possibilities Exposed by Digital Books will probe the key issues surrounding e-books from a variety of industry, library, scholarly, and consumer viewpoints. Participate in the community discussion for advancing e-book development, distribution, and use.

Click here to find out what's on the agenda for Part Two of this forum.

Event Sessions

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Welcome & Introductions


9:00 am - 9: 15 am

Keynote Presentation E-books: a Library and Publisher Partnership


Jamie LaRue

Director, Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries
Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries

9:15 am - 10:15 am:

eMedia is changing everything. Or is it? We’re still trying to connect creators with their audiences, and libraries are still uniquely qualified to do that. LaRue will highlight some experiments that may help all of us thrive in the electronic ecosystem.


10:15 am - 10:45 am

Panel discussion: Publisher and Content Provider issues


10:45 am - 12:00 pm:

Primary publishers and content providers will discuss the background and motivations for their e-book initiatives, and where applicable, any future plans. They will include, but are not limited to, perspectives on market research; platform, interface and delivery mechanisms; and pricing and sales designs. Panelists include:

  • Terry Ehling, Associate Director, Publisher Relations and Content Development, Project MUSE
  • Alex Holzman, Director, Temple University Press
  • Jennifer Kemp, eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Licensing Issues with E-Books: Academic and Public Library Perspectives


Kristin Eschenfelder

Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison
University of Wisconsin Madison

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm:

Eschenfelder will provide an overview of the major licensing issues related to e-books in both academic and public library environments. Topics covered will include: pricing models, standards/readers, perpetual access/ownership and interlibrary loan.

Money for Nothing and Your Books for Free


1:40 pm - 2:15 pm:

An overview of the UK academic E-books market from the librarian perspective; Caren will present findings from the JISC national E-books observatory, an e-textbook study and introduce new research into open access monographs.


2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

E-Book Standards and Metadata: Best practices to maximize discoverability of your e-titles


2:45 pm - 3:30 pm:

As the number of eBook titles competing for readers’ attention keeps expanding, discoverability becomes a real challenge. This presentation offers some best practices relating to standards and metadata as well as an overview of some of the newer standards entering the publishing world. Finally it gives the audience a quick glimpse at a new and free tool publishers can take advantage of to further maximize discoverability at virtually no cost.

EPUB 3: Not Your Father’s EPUB


3:30 pm - 4:15 pm:

The just-published EPUB 3 format is a major update to this key standard for reflowable eBooks that enables it to accommodate a much broader range of content (including STM, textbooks, and serials) and provide much greater functionality, including delivery to tablets and smartphones as well as PCs, laptops, and eReaders. Based on HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript, it accommodates rich media, scripting, MathML, linking, improved typography and layout, global language support, and enhanced metadata, navigation and accessibility. This session will provide a thorough overview of EPUB 3’s exciting new capabilities. 

Roundtable Discussions


4:15 pm - 5:00 pm:

The NISO E-Book Special Interest Group is made up of dozens of participants from all parts of the NISO community: librarians, publishers, services for publishers, and software vendors. The E-Book SIG is currently exploring a range of industry best practices and standards related to the creation, distribution, discovery, delivery and preservation of digital book content.

Current E-Book SIG subgroups are: Accessibility issues; Discovery Tools and Linking; Distribution (EPUB, PDF, Web & others); and Metadata General (ONIX, MARC, PREMIS, METS, Dublin Core, PMH, etc.). Issues on each of these topics which have been generated through subgroup conference calls will be distributed at participant tables, and E-Book SIG participants and NISO staff will lead brainstorming discussions, for sharing with the larger group.


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Additional Information

  • Early bird rates are offered until October 12, 2011.
  • Registration closes October 19, 2011. After that date, a processing fee of $50 will be added for late registrations. This also applies to any on-site registration.
  • Cancellations made by October 19, 2011 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Notify the NISO office if you have any dietary restrictions (301-654-2512).
  • Students should submit proof of enrollment when registering. Please contact the NISO office (301-654-2512) with questions.