Academic Librarians — Register for Ebooks and Academics: Video Presentations and Discussion

Register today for Ebooks and Academics: Video Presentations and Discussion!

Academic Librarians from all Colleges in Central MN

St. Cloud State University New Welcome Center (easy parking)

Friday, November 30, 9:00AM-12:30 PM

Academic librarians, please join your colleagues from around the region for this local event with outstanding national content!! Attendees may include personnel from: College of St. Bens/Johns, Rasmussen College, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, SCSU, Cambridge Campus of ARCC, and Pine Technical College. Recently, CMLE staff participated in the virtual SEFLIN eBook conference called eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future, and paid for group access to the recordings of the five national presenters.  We selected the messages of national ebook experts, Sue Polanka and Chad Mairn, as being of most interest to you for this first event.  Besides listening to their best thinking on ebooks, we would like to offer this opportunity to network informally and discuss local ebook developments and ideas too. CMLE is hosting and arranging this free event.

Come ready to listen, engage, and discuss!! Light refreshments will be served.


9:00-9:15              Introductions & logistics

9:15 – 10:15        Sue Polanka (Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State Universities Libraries)– eBook Licensing and Access: Now and in the Future

This session will analyze barriers to ebook lending models currently available for libraries including licensing, packaging, DRM, use models, and pricing. Trends in the publishing industry such as self-publishing, enhanced ebooks and digital textbooks, which may impact libraries, will be highlighted, demonstrating new opportunities for the future.

10:15-10:45         Group Discussion

10:45 – 11:00      Break

11:00 – 12:00      Chad Mairn (Information Services Librarian and adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College & Chief Technology Officer, Novare Library Services) – Getting the Most from Your eBook Readers: Tips and Tricks

New examples of electronic reading material — e-books, e-magazines, e-textbooks — are appearing every day as well as devices and software to read them on. Accessing, transferring, and interacting with electronic text via Nooks, Kindles, and other e-reading devices, however, can be complicated. Join Chad Mairn as he offers tips and tricks for library staff to help their patrons use their e-reading devices to their full potential. This session will include information on: dedicated and non-dedicated e-readers, new and innovative e-reading devices and software, current and upcoming e-formats, digital Rights Management, privacy issues, and emerging technologies impacting reading in a digital age.

12:00 – 12:30      Group Discussion

Not enough discussion time? Consider walking to Bo Diddleys, Pacific Wok, Noodles & Company, or Chipotle for lunch on your own and continued conversation/debate with colleagues.

Registration is requested. Deadline is end of day on Wednesday, November 28. Register at

Kate Bessey will be contacting all registrants by Thursday, November 29 with directions and parking instructions.

We hope you’ll join us! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

P.S. Not to worry, similar events will be held in the near future for our other library types as well! Be on the look out!