Germanists Discussion Group Agenda – 2012 Annual

ALA Annual Meeting, Anaheim

Germanists Discussion Group and Romance Languages Discussion Group Joint Meeting
Saturday, June 23, 2012
1:30 – 3:30pm


  • Libby Chenault, Western European Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Lidia Uziel, Librarian for Western European Humanities, Yale University


I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Panel Discussion: Western Europe and the Digital Publishing Revolution

  • Panelists:
    • Aux Amateurs de Livre
    • Casalini
    • Digitalia
    • Harrasowitz
    • Iberbook
    • Touzot
  • Respondent:
    • WESS
  • Introductions:
    • 5-minute presentation by each vendor of their current and future offers and politics in terms of e-resources, particularly e-book sales; summary of the existing trends for e-publishing in respective countries and principal language(s).
  • Panel Topics to Be Discussed with Vendors
    • Existing e-publishing models: Open Access; Academic Publishing; Trade Publishing, etc; the most important characteristics of the e-publishing market in respective countries.
    • Vendors’ relationship with publishers, book sellers and other entities; as well as their relationships with North American Academic Libraries.
    • Standards in licensing of electronic resources, long term preservation and perpetual access.
    • Acquisition models of e-resources: patron driven acquisition approval plans; consortial agreements; collaborative collection development models and others.
    • Access to e-resources and platform functionality: the most important challenges and limitations versus expectations of U.S. North American Libraries.
    • Challenges and opportunities of digitization at national and commercial levels.