Friday, November 8 • 9:45am - 10:30am
Good, Bad or Somewhere In-Between: The Impact of Market Consolidation on Libraries and Universities

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Mergers and acquisitions are a normal part of any open marketplace, but it seems every time one vendor or publisher purchases another, many within the library world express concern and dismay. This level of concern has grown more acute over time with the increasing consolidation of library vendors and publishers and as many of those companies increasingly appear to be employing strategies in search of the horizontal or vertical integration of their slice of the marketplace. While some see this trend as a negative occurrence, the reality is that mergers, acquisitions, and other forms of strategic partnerships that result in market consolidation have both positive and negative impacts on libraries, universities, and the marketplace. In this session, we will explore the impact of an increasingly consolidated marketplace, looking at both short-term and long-term implications, benefits, and consequences of this continually evolving industry.

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Meg White

Director, Technology Services, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc.
Meg White is a 25-year veteran of the health sciences publishing industry. Her background includes various sales, marketing, and product development positions at Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Mosby, Williams & Wilkins, and Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. She... Read More →

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Roger Schonfeld

Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums, Ithaka S+R
Roger is program director at Ithaka S+R. There, he leads strategic consulting, surveys, and other research projects, designed for academic libraries, publishers, and scholarly societies. He is also a board member for the Center for Research Libraries. Previously, Roger was a research... Read More →
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Kara Kroes Li

Director of Product Management, EBSCO
As Director of Product Management for EBSCO, Kara is responsible for understanding the needs of end-users, librarians, and publishers and distilling those needs into product initiatives. Her current areas of focus are user experience, librarian workflows, and partnerships. Prior to... Read More →
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Doug Way

Dean of Libraries, University of Kentucky
Doug Way is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Kentucky. He has previously held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Grand Valley State University. Doug as written and presented widely on topics related to the use and management of library collections and scholarly... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel