eBooks and the Academic Library Market: The Charlotte Initiative Open Conference, March 9 and 10, 2017

UNC Charlotte, Center City Building

March 9, 2017 – March 10, 2017


The landscape of eBooks in the academic library market is rapidly evolving, with many moving pieces to explore. Over the past two years, through research and collaboration, the Mellon-funded Charlotte Initiative has examined the current library market and looked toward the future of eBooks.  We are exploring how permanent eBook access in support of traditional academic usage can be achieved.  We invite you to join this conversation and learn more about our research at our free conference.

The conference has no registration fee, but attendees are responsible for their own expenses. Please check back for updates to the preliminary program.

If you can’t attend locally, live streaming of portions of the conference will also be available, and all sessions will be recorded.  If you plan to view any or all of the conference streaming, please register for streaming access.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • eBook licensing for academic libraries: challenges and opportunities
  • Business models to support permanent ownership and perpetual access
  • eBooks and the user experience
  • Role of libraries and eBooks in textbook affordability efforts
  • Short term eBook hosting and long term preservation strategies
  • Overall snapshot of the academic eBook market landscape

Offerings include workshops, panels, and informational sessions that bring together librarians, university press representatives, consortia leaders, bookstore representatives, and other stakeholders interested in a future that allows permanent access to eBooks for acquisition and collections.

Note about location: We are aware that legislation decisions made by the North Carolina state government in 2016 restrict the ability for some individuals interested in attending our conference to travel to the state. After much consideration and review of alternative locations, the decision was made to hold the open conference in Charlotte, NC, as originally proposed and budgeted. This decision was not made lightly. We will be providing virtual programming for those who will not be travelling to Charlotte but are interested in the important conversations on eBook acquisition over the 2-day conference.

Conference Information