Thursday, November 7 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Values-based Collection Development Approaches to Ebook Acquisition

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An increasing number of libraries are making decisions about ebook purchasing and licensing based on criteria that go beyond the more prosaic and short-term concerns of shelf-space and budget limitations. Such “values-based” approaches also consider factors such as the publisher’s commitment to content accessibility/preservation and alignment with the Charlotte Principles for permanent acquisition of ebooks. They also take a broader perspective on the role libraries play in sustaining a healthy scholarly communication ecosystem, including a “bibliodiversity” of smaller/larger publishers and non-profit/for-profit publishers. In this session, a librarian and consortium director who are promoting values-based approaches will share their rationales, criteria, and experiences so far. Two publishers with their own ebook programs, MIT and University of Michigan Press, will describe how partnership with “values-based” libraries is both sustaining and shaping their products. The session will explore how to balance a “valued-based” acquisitions program with constant demands for efficiency of process and shrinking monograph budgets, how to “sell” the importance of such approaches to potential skeptical colleagues and administrators, and where these approaches may go in the future. Attendees can expect to learn about some current “values-based” ebook acquisitions programs, discuss the opportunities and challenges of taking such an approach, and explore the positive impacts of carefully directed acquisitions funds can have on the broader ecosystem.


Angela Carreño

Head of Collection Development, New York University Libraries
Angela M. Carreño is the Head of Collection Development for the Division of Libraries at New York University. Angela has led, coordinated and supported the expansive growth of licensed electronic resources at NYU since 2000. She is the primary licensing officer for the Division of... Read More →
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Jill Morris

Executive Director, PALCI
Jill Morris is the Executive Director of PALCI, the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation, a regional nonprofit library consortium made up of 74 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia. For the past 12 years, Jill... Read More →
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Charles Watkinson

Director, University of Michigan Press, University of Michigan
I'm AUL for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. I'm particularly interested in next-gen institutional repositories, the future of ebook collections and acquisitions, and how books can also get to participate in the networked digital... Read More →
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Emily Farrell

Library Partnerships & Sales Lead, The MIT Press

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Grand Ballroom 1, Gaillard Center