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Friday, November 6 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
The Charlotte Initiative on eBook Principles: A Mellon Funded Project -- Q&A Session for Publishers, Aggregators and Librarians

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Principal Investigator Chuck Hamaker and the UNC Charlotte based project team have assembled a Working Group of twenty participants representing library consortia, publishers, content aggregators, and academic libraries.  In this session I’ll give an overview of the project and describe the scope of the publisher and vendor environmental scan.  Please come with your questions and ideas.

As a Mellon supported project, our focus is the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  We will discuss, define and investigate the impact on academic institutions of three principles for eBook licenses:


  1. Unlimited simultaneous users
  2. No Digital Rights Management (DRM) either contractual or technological
  3. Irrevocable perpetual access and archival rights


We have formed three research teams to explore licensing terms, user experience and the impact of DRM, and classroom and instruction use. The fourth component is an iterative environmental scan of the eBook market, which is a major part of my role as Project Consultant.  We will share information throughout the remaining 18 months of effort. The project will conclude with a free conference in Charlotte in Spring 2017.

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October Ivins

Principal and Consultant, Ivins eContent Solutions
October was an academic librarian for 20 years at UNC and LSU, and was an executive at two Boston area publishing services dot coms.  She is an independent consultant to publishers and other content providers, associations, libraries, and consortia.  Projects typically include market... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 12:45pm - 2:00pm EST
Magnolia Room, Courtyard Marriott