Charlotte Initiative

The Charlotte Initiative for Permanent Acquisition of eBooks by Academic Libraries

Project Outcomes and Next Steps

The Charlotte Initiative for Permanent Acquisitions of E-books by Academic Libraries – Research Project Outcomes and Next Steps

Over the last two years attendees of the Charleston Conference have been hearing about The Charlotte Initiative for Permanent Acquisition of E-books by Academic Libraries, a Andrew W. Mellon funded research grant to study the current state of e-books in the academic market. At the heart of the project are three core principles proposed for e-book licenses:

  • Provision of irrevocable perpetual access and archival rights.
  • Allowance for unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Freedom from any Digital Rights Management (DRM), including (but not limited to) use of proprietary formats, restricted access to content, or time-limited access terms.

The last two years have brought many changes to the ever-evolving academic e-book market and now that the project is coming to a close, participants of the grant would like to share their findings and help continue the conversations around the e-books.

To this end, we will be offering a free symposium to all Charleston Conference attendees. The symposium will focus on possible solutions, including evolving business models and publisher feedback to the principles and will present highlights from the four research team findings.

Registration for this event is outside of the general Charleston Conference registration so please register here. Registration is limited so please register soon!

Charlotte Initiative eBook Symposium Agenda

  • When: Monday, November 6th 1:00 – 4:00pm
  • Where: Courtyard Marriot, Grand Cypress Ballroom
Chuck Hamaker (Professor Emeritus - UNC Charlotte) 1:00-1:10pm
Environmental Scan Research
October Ivins (Ivins eContent Solutions) 1:10-1:35pm
Business Models – Publisher Perspectives
John Sherer (Director, UNC Press) 1:35-1:55pm
Business Models – Vendor Perspectives
Michael Zeoli (Content Development & Partner Relations, Gobi) 1:55-2:15pm
Q & A and Discussion 2:15-2:25pm
Break 2:25-2:55pm
Shotgun Highlights and Findings 2:55-3:35pm
Licensing Principles
  • Theresa Liedtka (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga)
  • Rebecca Seger (Oxford University Press)
Course Use
  • Liz Siler (Collection Development Librarian, UNC Charlotte)
  • Kelly Denzer (Electronic Resources Librarian, Davidson College)
Platforms & Preservation
  • Kate Davis (Assistant Director, Scholars Portal)
User Experience
  • Alison Bradley (Collection Development Librarian, Davidson College)
Q & A and Next Steps Discussion 3:35-4:00pm

Download Symposium Agenda