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Wednesday, April 17 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Lightning Round: Ebooks Projects Showcase

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Global Access To Accessible Reading Materials: Millions of books for millions of readers
There has been a shift in the way people access information: e-books and the widespread use of graphics to convey information have created a “new normal” for how many people read and learn. While these resources are readily available, too many of them are not accessible to people who have a disability that prevents their use of printed material.  As a result, people with disabilities such as vision impairments, physical limitations and severe learning disabilities often face barriers to information.  Bookshare, the world’s largest collection of accessible books, aims to reach all persons with print disabilities to provide opportunity to read and learn in the way that works for them.
Presenter: Lisa Wadors, Benetech

Getting Unstuck
While it can be daunting, there are strategic ways to rethink ebook access. In Georgia, two new services from the state library agency aim to expand content and options for the future.
Presenter: Wendy Cornelisen, Georgia Public Library Service and COSLA Ebook Working Group

Using Metrics to Understand Patron Behavior  
Librarians have relied on key performance indicators like circulation, holds, and foot and web traffic to understand how well they meet the needs of their users. However, do these data paint a complete picture? Using data gleaned from browsing information, collection promotion efforts, and user personas, this talk will consider how additional data sources can produce a more nuanced portrait of a user population.
Presenter: Sam Stover, Product Manager for NoveList

Library for All: Global impact potential
Globally there are over a billion people that cannot read. Openly-licensed digital books like those created by Library For All and available through their free app and on the DPLA Open Bookshelf can be part of the solution.
Presenter: Micah May

Engaging Students: Technologies for Publishing Ebooks and Prints Books
Learn about a writing and publishing partnership between an academic library and Leadership Education graduate program. The WSU Library and Leadership Education faculty created a graduate student project which results in the publishing of graduate student writing in the form of an ebook and print book. The session will provide an overview of technologies used to publish ebooks and print books. Technologies include Pressbooks (via the Minnesota Library Publishing Project), Canva, Ingramspark, LuLu, Adobe Creative Cloud, and bepress Digital Commons.
Presenter: Kendall Larson, Winona State University

Library Simplified and SimplyE: How LYRASIS is working to help libraries change the state of play for e-content
Lisa Larson from LYRASIS will talk about Library Simplified and SimplyE from the point of view of a non-profit technology organization with a service mission to help libraries achieve different impacts within their own communities and change the marketplace through scaled open or community supported services. Together with DPLA and other non-profit stakeholder organizations, LYRASIS seeks to help libraries change the current state of play for ebook and audio book delivery to patrons and researchers through technology and scale. Eliminate the library/patron disintermediation, improve circulation and provide better measurable community impacts all by taking charge of your patron ebook and audiobook experience.
Presenter: Lisa Larson, LYRASIS

The Road Everything Rides On: Public Libraries & Highspeed Broadband
This lightning talk will discuss broadband access in public libraries as the minimum that libraries need to provide the public for access to digital services including e-content.
Presenter: Paula MacKinnon, Califa

Canadian Urban Library Council (CULC) Advocacy Campaigns
Susan Caron will present on the Canadian Urban Library Council’s (CULC) recent advocacy campaign aimed at getting the public to contact the Big Five publishers about lack of access to eaudiobooks and unfair pricing of ebooks and eaudiobooks, and CULC’s upcoming campaign on the same topic aimed at legislators.
Presenter: Susan Caron


Micah May

Director of eBook Services, DPLA


Susan Caron

Director, Collections & Membership Services, Toronto Public Library
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Lisa Wadors

Senior Program Manager: Education, Research & Partnerships, Benetech Global Literacy
Dr. Lisa Wadors Verne, is the Senior Program Manager: Education, Research & Partnerships for Benetech Global Literacy and the Interim Project Director for the DIAGRAM Center.  She has doctorate in Special Education and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco... Read More →
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Kendall Larson

Digital Collections & Liaison Librarian, Winona State University
Creative partnerships within the academic communities and beyond. Digital Collections" Presenting to the public: video, audio, documents, and images. File preservation and storage.
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Paula MacKinnon

Assistant Director, Califa Group
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Lisa Larson

Senior Director, Outreach & Engagement, LYRASIS
LYRASIS, a non-profit membership organization, supports enduring access to our shared academic, scientific and cultural heritage through leadership in open technologies, content services, digital solutions & collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and knowledge communities... Read More →
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Wendy Cornelisen

Assistant State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service
Wendy Cornelisen is the assistant state librarian for library innovation and collaboration at the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia that is dedicated to empowering libraries to improve the lives of Georgians by fostering... Read More →
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Sam Stover

Product Manager, NoveList
I'm a Product Manager at NoveList, a division of EBSCO, where I'm responsible for contributing to NoveList's product vision and strategy. Before NoveList, I worked as a User Services Librarian at a small university library.

Wednesday April 17, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL 60605