Supporting Researchers: Ebooks Today and the Digital Promises of Tomorrow  

ALISS AGM June 16th 2011 

British Library   

This year the AGM of ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the social Sciences) covered the topical theme of supporting researchers using new technology.

ALISS AGM Minutes 2011 

Presentations included:

Growing Knowledge: The Evolution of Research by Nora daly 

A presentation by Nora Daly, Digital Curator at the British Library which provided insight into the aims of the British Library's growning knowledge exhibition which is exploring what future research and research environments look like. The slides feature the Haptic Cow which is a simulation tool for veterinary science students.

 eBooks- the View from SOAS- Joanna Tate 
An overview of current subscriptions and practises at the School of Oriental and African Studies, by Joanna Tate, Subject Librarian - Politics and Economics

  eBooks - the View from Bristol - Angela Joyce 
 Another viewpoint from the University of Bristol by Angela Joyce Subject Librarian - Economics, Finance and Management.

  Digital Publishing Tomorrow  

also available pdf version.

Digital Publishing Tomorrow, Huw Alexander – Rights & Digital Sales Manager, Martha Sedgwick – Senior Manager, Online Products SAGE. 

This presentation covers 12 key issues for the digital publishing age (as identified by SAGE) these include: rights (territory, author, digital copyright) metadata (standards); user experience (usability of platforms, beta testing of products with users) agile content (ability of content to be created for a digital age where it can be easily reformatted for different purposes, ); format (different formats may need to be made available); accessibility (make products more accessible to visually impaired users, capable of interacting with different software and readers); discoverability (content needs to be made discoverable, compatible between different platforms, ISBN standards need to be implemented to differentiate between different versions) ; partnerships (amongst publishers, with other suppliers such as Google and Amazon) ; business models (currently often too complicated) ; pricing (different models should be offered for different needs); usage (needs to be measured also need to consider if cost should be tied with usage); curation (publishers must take on new roles in curating and conserving digital content). the presentation then considers new initiatives set up by sage. These include its research project which is exploring new ways of reading online. students at the University of Surrey are taking photo diaries of their daily reading practises. These show what, where and how they read during a typical day. They are also exploring new online content via sage methods online and new pricing models such as individual textbook rentals.