College and Medium-sized Libraries and Social Sciences and History Discussion Groups Minutes – 2015 Midwinter

ALA Midwinter Meeting, Chicago

Sunday, February 1, 2015
3:00 – 4:00pm
Sheraton Chicago, Parlor F


  • Marcus Richter


  • 18 Attendees


I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Ebooks Discussion

  • Introduction of vendors, Steve Hyndman, YBP
    • Steve Hyndman, YBP
    • Primarily US, UK, English Language
    • Licensing
    • Working with about 1,600 US publishers each with their own expectations about their content in ebooks
    • Platform needs
    • Trend towards collaborative collection development
    • Budget and space driving librarian’s moves towards ebooks
    • Preservation and degradation is going to be an issue, digital or print
    • Demand driven acquisition is tough on publishers – purchasing decreases
    • Publishers are starting to examine what they are making available in PDA programs
  • Introduction of vendors, Michele Casalini, Casalini Libri
    • Niches and sub-niche publishers in Social Sciences and History
    • Proportions are smaller (print runs)
    • Humanities books that aren’t used might be relevant later
    • Balancing needs of publishers and libraries
    • Publisher interests
    • Casalini works with 200 publishers who agree on licensing and platform features (on the Torrossa platform)
    • .pdf and EPUB format
    • Cost of conversion from .pdf to EPUB
    • Simultaneous users
    • Protections on the digital files
    • Keeping authors happy and getting their work disseminated
    • Libraries’ interests
    • Access rights
    • Metadata
    • Simultaneous users
  • Issues relating to college and medium-sized libraries
    • Pricing models often price small libraries out of ebooks
  • Issues relating to social sciences and history
  • Other discussion
    • Quality of print-on-demand ebooks?
    • Some publishers outsource
    • Some libraries have purchased their own print on demand machines

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