RMG ALA Midwinter Town Hall to Discuss Discovery, E-books and Demand-Driven Acquisition

By Patrick Hogan |

From the RMG press release

RMG Town Hall 2: Discovery, e-Books, Demand-Driven Acquisitions at RMG’s Annual Presidents' Seminar: The View from the Top

Friday January 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ALA Midwinter Conference, Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Convention Center Room PCC-117

Leading library industry companies/executives expected at RMG's 2014 Town Hall 2 to address a Vision for an emerging “Library Content Services Model” fulfilled by cross-industry interoperability among

  • Library Management Services platforms and other ILSs
  • Content Providers
  • Discovery Services
to help libraries — especially public libraries — adapt and leverage new models for improved ROI on content, technology, and HR. Expected panelists include:

Auto-Graphics (Paul Cope), Baker&Taylor (George Coe), BiblioCommons (Patrick Kennedy), BiblioLabs (Mitchell Davis), Bilbary (Tim Coates), EBSCO (Brian Duncan), Ex Libris, Infor (Ann Melaerts), Ingram (Joyce Kokut), Innovative Interfaces (Satyadeep Prasanna), OCLC (Robin Murray), Overdrive (Steve Potash), Polaris (Bill Schickling), ProQuest (Kevin Sayar), LibLime (Patrick Jones), SirsiDynix (Bill Davison), The Library Corporation (Gar Sydnor), 3M Cloud Library (Matt Tempelis), Random House (Skip Dye), VTLS (Vinod Chachra).

Skip Dye, Random House's Vice President of Library and Academic Marketing, will make kick-off comments on Town Hall themes.

NYPL’s James English will explain "Library Simplified" — an ILMS-funded project involving 10 U.S.public library systems that "… will use its grant to collect and analyze data on user experiences; identify opportunities for improvements; and design, test, and employ new tools, which will be made available to other libraries."

Continuing last year's RMG 2013 Town Hall focus on the transformational impact of e-Books on libraries, RMG once again announces a roundup of key ILS, Discovery, and e-Book vendors from the global library industry for a big tent discussion on the urgent need for libraries to provide customers with easier, simpler, and satisfying user experiences to find and use licensed and open e- and p- content.

See more, including a vision statement and extensive list of ebook strategy questions for public libraries on the RMG website.