Understanding the Marketplace, Part One -- Consolidation: The Long Term Impact and the New Players


About the Webinar

The information industry continues to adapt to changes in technology, in user expectations and in the library marketplace. Those adaptations have taken the form of consolidation in specific areas (such as, but not limited to, the consolidation in integrated library systems). Who are the new players? What exactly does a venture capitalist do and why are they entering this chaotic information ecosystem? The first portion of this two-part webinar on March 8 will review exactly what's happening in this rapidly shifting industry.

Product is re-invented in new forms, buoyed up by new business models. Providers who used to be in the business of journal publishing now are developing and licensing complex workflow environments. The second half of this two part webinar, held on March 15, will feature discussions of how product design and development operates now. Some discussion may also be given over to how librarians might best work with content providers to ensure that practical requirements are understood, negotiated and satisfied by these new players and providers.

Part 2 of this webinar, Creating the New Information Product: Workflow, Software and Content, will be held on Wednesday, March 15.


Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

Confirmed Speakers: Joseph Esposito and David Lamb, Partners, STM Advisors; Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies; Thad McIlroy, Electronic Publishing Analyst, Consultant and Author

Disruption in the Stacks: Technology, Finance, and the Changing Library Environment
Joseph Esposito and David LambPartners, STM Advisors

Signs of a Changing Landscape - Out with the Old and In with the New
Judy Luther
President, Informed Strategies

Book Publishing Start-Ups: New Players and New Services
Thad McIlroyElectronic Publishing Analyst, Consultant and Author

Event Sessions

Disruption in the Stacks: Technology, Finance, and the Changing Library Environment


Two contradictory forces, both with financial roots, are fomenting change in the library environment. The first is the seemingly inexorable trend toward increased corporate concentration at all levels of the scholarly communications ecosystem: among publishers, aggregators, distributors, and service providers alike. Scale is seen as increasingly important in maintaining commercial viability. At the other end of the spectrum, start-ups - some bootstrapped and some well-financed by venture capitalists and similar investors - are creating digital products to solve every real and perceived need in the academy. Some start-ups may end up being transformative, some evanescent, but as a group they represent possible key innovations and potential threats to the established players. What does this divergent ‘elephant vs. ant’ movement mean for library practitioners? Our presentation will examine this, in the context of a third trend also financial underpinnings - the increasingly constrained funding climate.

Signs of a Changing Landscape - Out with the Old and In with the New


For years publishers and librarians have worked in parallel with each other – publishers creating the content and librarians buying and making it available to users on campus. Today publishers are working with revenue streams from their authors and content is being made freely available. What is happening in the landscape reflects the impact of technology, new business models and the process of new roles emerging for how the existing and new players serve the ultimate customer – the authors and readers of scholarly content.

Book Publishing Start-Ups: New Players and New Services


A new study from The Future of Publishing provides an overview of the book publishing startup scene in the United States. At the core of the report is a detailed spreadsheet listing over 900 companies, most founded since Amazon launched the Kindle in 1997. The report uses data on each company to develop, for the first time, a measurement of how significant the startup activity is to the larger book publishing industry. Some of these start-ups provide services to public or academic libraries while others might arguably compete with the libraries’ services. Analyst Thad McIlroy will provide useful insights into how these new entrants may impact the landscape of the information community.

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Cancellations made by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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