Maryland eBooks Summit
November 30, 2011
Sheraton Columbia



8:00 am to 9:00 am     Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am to 9:15 am     Welcome & Overview

9:15 am to 10:15 am   Eli Neiburger: Libraries and eBooks in this Century: What To Do Now, What To Do                                                 Later

Not only is the 21st Century already here, it’s already 10% over!  The quickly changing world of ebooks and content licensing poses a significant challenge for libraries that wish to transition their service model from one built for the needs of the last century to one equipped to meet the challenges of this century.  Eli Neiburger, Associate Director for IT & Production at Ann Arbor District Library will talk about what the future might hold for the content industry and what that means to libraries.

10:15 am to 10:30 am   Break

10:30 am to 11:30 am   Sue Polanka: eBooks in Libraries: Big Dreams Meet Reality

eBooks have reached the tipping point in libraries.  We have big dreams for owning and accessing collections, but sometimes these dreams are met with tough realities.  This session will explore the ebook landscape today – business models, licensing, access and lending, formats and Digital Rights Management (DRM) – and highlight the challenges and opportunities for libraries.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm   Robert Miller: A Digital Library, Too Little, Too Late, or Just In Time

In leading the Internet Archive’s global book digitization project, Mr. Miller has three main roles; establishing and maintaining the relationships between the libraries and the funding partners, building and managing the teams that do the digitization, and evangelizing within the library community to move more items from non-digital to digital.



12:30 pm to 1:30 pm   Lunch

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm     Mary Minow: eBooks – Buying vs. Licensing

Mary Minow is an attorney, consultant, former librarian and library trustee and editor of the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use site (  When a library buys ebooks, is it really buying them? What are the legal differences between buying and licensing, and more importantly, what difference does it make to your library and your library users?

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm     Joseph Sanchez: The eRoad Less Travelled: Getting Control, Staying

Joseph Sanchez will share his experiences circulating ereaders and iPads, as well as his revolutionary plan for purchasing, managing, and owning all econtent locally.  He will explain an econtent model he has developed with a colleague that will put libraries in charge of their content and apply pressure on vendors and publishers to sell rather than license econtent.

3:15 pm to 3:50 pm     Panel

Q&A with speakers Eli Neiburger, Robert Miller, Mary Minow and Joseph Sanchez.  Sue Polanka is available to answer questions during lunch.

3:50 pm to 4:00 pm     Wrap-up






Nini Beegan,
Oct 17, 2011, 10:12 AM