Hosted at the award-winning Z Smith Reynolds Library on the beautiful campus of Wake Forest University (in the friendly and welcoming town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina), the “Festival” strives to serve as a simple (but too-rare) confluence of librarians and publishers, coming together to demonstrate both the fine art of content creation, and the simple (but too-secret) science of sharing ebooks.
Friday morning, June 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, The Bookfeast
The Festival’s morning session will feature the so-called Bookfeast, during which a new digital imprint, the Library Partners Press, will continue to celebrate its “launch” by presenting demonstrations and discussions of publishing platforms like Pressbooks, Tizra, and Bibliolabs. Oh, and Amazon — can’t forget to talk about Amazon, and their forthcoming Inspire. And how such platforms could (but don’t always) conform to today’s OER-related expectations.
And then the great Andrea Eastman-Mullins of Alexander Street Press fame will dive in to usage/ROI, patron driven acquisition, technical tools, OA (vis a vis some new open access initiatives), and just living la vida publisher WSNC.
Friday lunch, June 3, 2016, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm, The Rock Opera (aka “lunch”)
Next up, and during a lively lunch break (included, with the free registration), we’ll host a (mock) Rock Opera — as they say, ya gotta eat.
Friday afternoon, June 3, 2016, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, The eBooks Freakout
Then in the afternoon session, and back at the library, the festival continues with the so-called Freakout, short for “Sharing Born Digital eBooks in Libraries,” and featuring a traditional (and relatively high-powered yet free-wheeling) panel, presentations, discussions, breakouts, and important keynotes from regionally- and nationally-recognized ebook innovators and OER-fans, including:
- the legendary Beth Bernhardt of University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who will address how “…textbook prices are a burden on students, who may be willing to go without a textbook when the price is too high. UNC Greensboro has found some ways to offer faculty alternatives to offer their students such as ebooks from the collection, open textbooks, and other resources. Faculty who were awarded mini-grants for incorporating open educational resources into their classes have saved students tens of thousands of dollars in just this academic year”; and
- the incomparable Mitchell Davis, of Bibliolabs, who will describe and demonstrate Library Journal’s Self-E publishing program, designed to enable academic authors the chance to shift their expectations from “profit” to “perpetuity”; and
- and maybe finally some guy (who may or may not have the strength of ten men) will describe how, if you think about it, libraries could be at the center of the textbook “revolution,”– or something like that.