NISO Forum: The E-Book Renaissance, Part 2, Day Two

NISO on the Road

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 view the agenda for Part One of this forum.

Event Sessions

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Panel discussion: Vendors & Platform Providers


Sue Polanka

Head, Reference & Instruction, Wright State University Libraries
Wright State University Libraries

Ken Breen

Senior Director, eBook Products, EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing

Rich Rosy

Vice President & General Manager, Ingram Library Services, Ingram Content Group Inc.
Vice President & General Manager, Ingram Library Services,

9:00 am - 11:00 am:

This panel discussion, managed in a "Town Hall" format, will engage executives from major e-book aggregators with questions about how their respective products and companies manage exposure, acquisition, packaging, integration, and end-user issues of e-books. Audience members are encouraged to pose their own questions to the panelists. Panelists are:

  • 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, library services division of Ingram Content Group
  • Frank Smith, Director, Books at JSTOR


11:00 am - 11:30 am

Users, Patrons and Devices: In the Hands of Users


Anne Taylor

Director of Access Technology, National Federation for the Blind
National Federation for the Blind

11:30 am - 12:00 pm:

In this presentation, the attendees will learn about various web-based and handheld reading systems that the blind and print reading disabled population use to access e-books. Even though some reading systems are usable by the blind and the print reading disabled, far too many more e-readers that currently are in the market are only partially accessible or have no accessibility features at all. Ms. Taylor will demonstrate several widely used e-readers that present significant access barriers to the blind.

Identifying the best reading system is only half of the equation. In order to ensure that this sector of population have complete access to books, Forum attendees need to understand which e-book file formats provide enjoyable and productive reading experience for the blind and print reading disabled. A discussion on the pros and cons for popular e-book formats is included in the presentation as well.

End Users Speak: Outcomes from Recent Surveys


12:00 pm - 12:30 pm:

Paxhia will summarize and highlight findings from recent Book Industry Study Group research on users, including the "Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading" and "Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education" surveys.


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

"Ask Anything" session

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm:

An open discussion for all E-book Forum participants to reflect on the topics shared during the program and provide opportunities for questions of any kind to be asked and answered.


2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Closing Keynote


2:45 pm - 3:45 pm:

Dawson will distill themes and observations from the two days of Forum speakers and conversations and, based on her years of industry experience, will offer advice to help seize opportunities and support constructive paths forward in a complex and chaotic environment.

Final Wrap-Up

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Closing & Adjourn

4:00 pm - 4:30 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.