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E-Books Trends, Practices, Implications & Challenges


To bring together a panel of librarians, e-book users, publishers, aggregators and archiving agencies to discuss emerging and future e-books issues.

Main issues covered

  • E-Books models and challenges
  • Access to e-books
  • Copyright issues and e-books
  • Archiving and preservation options and library trends in this field
  • copy protection of e-books, and readers’ rights to fair use
  • The growing value of e-books for libraries
  • The acceptance of e-books from a user point of view
  • The compatibility of e-books with handheld devices such as PDAs, e-readers, tablets, smart phones, etc
  • Economic impact and value of e-books in libraries
  • How best to position an organization’s collection within the rapidly changing landscape of the e-book market
  • Open-access and book-digitisation projects
  • Predictions of what might happen on the next few years


This round table will trigger discussion on the most recent and emerging issues related to e-books. The main objective is to identify a common vision of the future of e-books by facilitating a transparent discussion between key stakeholder groups,

The round table will start with a series of short talks from publishers, librarians, arching agencies, and users. The coordinator will steer the discussion through the main themes indicated above, trying to collect the different views on each theme, and will then focus on e-book issues, challenges, real-world solutions, and predictions of what might happen in the next few years.


The discussion will raise the different models emerging for e-books and the challenges faced by vendors, libraries, publishers and institutions – challenges such as textbook publishing, supporting content delivery to mobile devices, the standards conundrum, e-readers, DRM, Google Books / Editions, and more.

The role of open-access and book-digitisation projects will be discussed, such as Google’s print initiative, incorporating Book Search and Library Search. This includes worries about copyright and intellectual property infringement, and about falling revenues that publishers would otherwise be able to re-invest in ‘new talent’.

Librarians and publishers are already finding that electronic versions of reference books are being used more frequently than print versions, especially in science, technology and medicine. The expectation is that in the future references publishing will be almost entirely electronic. Although librarians are enthusiastic about the possibilities of users accessing e-books at anytime and anywhere, issues remain such as the frustration librarians face with the poor supply of textbooks in e-format; regarding the fact that many publishers produce e-books after the print version, resulting in a lag in publication times; and regarding the restrictive digital rights management conditions attached to e-books.

Publishers and libraries are working through the challenges of compatibility, digital rights management, and format types, among other issues, and are seeking creative ways to develop a model that provides an effective and legal service to users. However, the e-books environment is still not as clear as the e-journals environment; many issues represent a gray area for librarians, such as the different models of purchasing and using e-books and the effect of these models on e-book users and publishers.

In addition, there are concerns such as the loss of access to title via the inter-library loans system, by the lack of standard terms and conditions from one publisher to another, and by the prices charged. Finally, librarians usually prefer to buy title by title but have had to acquire e-nooks as part of larger collections.

Who will be involved

1. Invitations will be sent to relevant staff at key publishers – Springer, Ovid, Elsevier, EBSCO, Ebrary, Gale, MyiLibrary, etc.
2. Invitations will be sent to at least four prominent librarians from the region who have experience of working with e-books..
3. Invitations will be sent to selected users in different specialties who are interested in e-books.

Proposed duration

2-3 hours

Organizer’s details

Affra S. Al Shamsi Biography

Affra S. Al Shamsi
Medical Library and E-resources Manager
Royal Hospital and OMSB
Phone:00968 24599685
Fax: 00968 24599307
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Affra works at Royal Hospital central medical library as a library manager, since 2005. She is also the e-library and resources manager at the Oman medical speciality board (OMSB) medical information center, since March, 2011 . She also worked as member of the national virtual science library project steering committee and negotiation committee, since 2011. Affra held a degree in Information Management from the University of Sheffield, degree in Medical Librarianship from the Sultan Qaboos University, a degree in General Chemistry from United Arab Emirates University and a certificate in Leadership and Management from the Omani Institute for Management Training. She was also awarded a certificate by Yale University for participating in their Summer Fellowship Program.

Her research work has always achieved a high level of distinction. She held a research concerned ‘Technology and evidence-based decision-making: a necessary synergy for efficient knowledge management in healthcare in Oman?’ This piece of work won the Pfizer Prize for the best dissertation in the general area of scientific or business information from Sheffield University, UK-2010. She had published several articles on the IFLA Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) newsletter. She have also published two notable papers - the first is “The Importance of Culture in designing e-learning environments” at EDULEARN11, the 3rd annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, and more recently, “Evidence-based medicine among Omani physicians: Awareness, knowledge and application”, a paper which was published in the 15th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research (ISHIMR 2011). The latter paper won the OCLC prize in the ISHIMR conference which took place on the 8-9 September 2011, in Zurich, Switzerland.


Justo Hidalgo

Twitter: @justohidalgo
Justo Hidalgo is co-founder of 24symbols, a cloud and social reading service that uses a freemium subscription model. He also teaches Product Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Nebrija Business School in Madrid, Spain, and is a mentor at the pan-european startup accelerator Startup Bootcamp. Justo holds a PhD in Computer Science from the university of A Coruña, Spain, and has received training in Product Strategy and Innovation in the universities of Stanford and Berkeley, CA. Prior to 24symbols, Justo had was Vice President at Denodo Technologies, leading the product management and sales engineering areas worldwide.

Dr Hazel Woodward

Hazel has been University Librarian and Director of the University Press at Cranfield University for over 12 years. Prior to that she was at Loughborough University as Head of Electronic Information Services. Hazel’s research interests include electronic publishing and scholarly communication (the subject of her PhD thesis) and she has published many papers in the professional literature on digital library issues.

She is very active professionally being currently the Chair of the JISC Electronic Information Resources Working group (which oversees national negotiations for e-journal deals) and Chair of the Board of Directors of COUNTER which develops codes of practice for book and journal usage statistics. She also contributes to UKSG activities as Publications Officer and serves on the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) organising committee. In 2009 Hazel was awarded an MBE (Master of the British Empire) for “services to higher education”.

Houeida Kammourié-Charara

InfoCommons Librarian
Lebanese American University Library
Houeida has a reach academic librarianship experience , she hold a Masters degree in Management of Library and Information Services from University of Wales, Aberystwyth, England , and she has been Managing Electronic Resources at Lebanese American University Library from 2006 to present, Prior to that she was working as a Head, Information Systems Dept., Notre Dame University in Lebanon, she is very active professionally on a country and regional level, a member of Lebanese Library Association, and representing Lebanese Academic Library Consortium (LALC) at International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) from 2002 to Present.

How Open Access is changing scholarly communication

( This session is sponsored by QScience )

Panel Description

The 1.5 hour session will look at how open access is transforming scholarly communication norms and explore what strategies are working, why they are working, what’s ahead, and what the implications are for academic, research, and governmental libraries.


The session aims to raise awareness of the impact of open access and the implications for academic and research libraries. It will:

  • Stimulate attendees to consider the merits of implementing an institutional digital repository at their university.
  • Equip attendees to weigh the merits of and appropriate approach to open research archiving policies within their institutions.
  • Raise awareness of new library roles in research/data management, digital rights management, and e-science.


A decade has passed since the Budapest Open Access Initiative ( was announced — a landmark development that many observers consider to be the birth of the open access movement. How has scholarly communication evolved in the intervening years? This session will take stock of the lessons learned and look ahead to the implications for libraries, universities, scholars and scientists, and other stakeholders.

The session will be moderated by Rick Johnson of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Mr. Johnson was an early proponent of open access as founding director of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and part of the group that developed the Budapest Open Access Initiative. He will provide a brief introduction to open access and introduce the three presentations:

1. University Open Access Policies: Who, What, Why and How?
Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer, Duke University Libraries

Around the world, universities and research funders are increasingly adopting policies aimed at ensuring research is deposited in open institutional repositories. Kevin Smith of Duke University, will look at how this came about at his and other universities and will review the scope and success of the policies that have been implemented. Mr. Smith, who holds both a law degree and a Masters of Library Science, is Duke’s first Scholarly Communications Officer, in which role he advises faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing, and scholarly publishing.

2. Open Access Publishing: What's Working?
Arend Küster, Managing Director, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals

Today there are an estimated 7,000 open access journals and, for new and traditional publishers alike, open access plays a growing role. In this presentation Arend Küster of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals will look at the business models that are proving to be sustainable and at library roles in the open access journal environment. Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) operates the open-access publishing platform. He joined BQFJ from Bloomsbury Publishing in London, where he was Business Development Director. He has worked in publishing for over 25 years, mainly in academic and professional journals.

3. Opening the Door to Open Science.
Cameron Neylon, Senior Scientist, ISIS Neutron Scattering facility, Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK) [invited]
The timely communication of all phases of research -- from start to finish, without boundaries -- offers an opportunity to revolutionize science. But to make the most of this opportunity, new practices and protocols are needed. Cameron Neylon a biophysicist and advocate of open research practice and enhanced data management, will look at the emerging open science movement and suggest new roles academic and research libraries might play. Dr. Neylon is a co-author of the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science, founding Editor in Chief of Open Research Computation, and writes regularly on the social, technical, and policy issues of open research at his blog, Science in the Open.

Following these presentations, three pre-selected academic librarians from the Gulf region will pose a series of questions to the panel of experts, designed to more closely connect open access to issues relevant to institutions and professionals in the region. There also will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Session Speakers

Kevin Smith, J.D.

Director of Scholarly Communications
Duke University
As Duke University’s first Scholarly Communications Officer, Kevin Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing .

Kevin holds a Masters of Library Science from Kent State University and has worked as an academic librarian in both liberal arts colleges and specialized libraries. His strong interest in copyright law began in library school and he received a law degree from Capital University in 2005. Before moving to Duke in 2006, Kevin served as the Director of the Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Ohio, where he also taught Constitutional Law. He is admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina.

Cameron Neylon

Senior Scientist at Science and Technology Facilities Council
Cameron Neylon is a biophysicist who has always worked in interdisciplinary areas and is an advocate of open research practice and improved data management. He currently works as Senior Scientist in Biomolecular Sciences at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Along with his work in structural biology and biophysics his research and writing focuses on the interface of web technology with science and the successful (and unsuccessful) application of generic and specially designed tools in the academic research environment. He is a co-author of the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science, founding Editor in Chief of Open Research Computation, and writes regularly on the social, technical, and policy issues of open research at his blog, Science in the Open.

Arend Kuester

Managing Director at Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals
Business Development Director at Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Arend joined Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) from Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, where he was Business Development Director and led the development of BQFJ. He has worked in publishing for over 25 years, mainly in academic and professional journals. He currently is on the Council of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

Prior to joining Bloomsbury in London, Arend was the European Director for Publishers Communication Group (PCG) and developed Sales and Marketing Strategies for scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers including Elsevier Science, Springer, American Physical Society, Taylor and Francis, Wiley Blackwell, University of Chicago Press, British Medical Journal, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and many others. He is particularly excited in developing sustainable and innovative publishing, which work with new technologies to improve access to information.

Rick Johnson

Manager, Reference & Research Services
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology Library (KAUST)
Rick Johnson is a leading international authority on scholarly communication and open access to research. Currently he is involved in start-up of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a new research university near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the Red Sea.
As the founding Executive Director of SPARC from 1998-2005 and a consultant from 2005-2009, he advanced new models for scholarly communication. Under his leadership, SPARC initiated the movement for public access to publicly funded research and undertook dozens of successful publishing collaborations. Rick is co-founder of BioOne, a successful digital publishing platform for society journals in the biosciences, and has served on the boards of Cornell University’s Project Euclid math publishing initiative and the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central biomedical archive.
Before SPARC, he was Senior Vice President of Congressional Information Service, Inc. and University Publications of America. There he sponsored development of the divisions’ first Web-based services and drove dramatic international expansion.

Mobile technologies in Libraries : Trends and practices

( This session is sponsored by Elsevier )

Today, as a result of developments and advancements in information and communication, the mobile technology becomes essential for connecting with Internet. People are currently more positive about accessing and seeking information from their mobile phones. In this dynamic setting, libraries are expected to adopt these technology applications to deliver their services and networking with their community. Information professionals also must keep abreast of this trend and integrate themselves into that.

This round table aims to give you a great learning experience about the current trends and challenges of the mobile technology applications for libraries. A number of expert and guest speakers will share their ideas and practical experiences on how libraries and information professionals can benefit from mobile technology. This session will outline these major essential mobile technologies to increase presence, networking, and services of libraries and information centers.

What will be discussed?

This session is designed to create a practical forum for delivering experiences about different mobile technology applications among information professionals. Guest speakers will share their practical solutions and strategies and provide participants with the opportunity to learn new techniques for adopting these applications in their organization. These topics are expected to help libraries and information professionals in creating value for their users.

Why Should you attend?

This event is an ideal practical and professional development platform for information professional who need to develop a thorough understanding of the terminology, concepts, and requirements of mobile technology for libraries and information professionals. This information shared through this event will help participants to:

  • Learn the QR codes and information applications.
  • Recognize the strategies of library location based social networks.
  • Explore approaches for personal knowledge management in mobiles.
  • Learn how to create library websites.
  • Identify how to create mobile catalogs.
  • Understand the techniques of building community in a mobile world.
  • Explore the concept of mobile literacy for information fluency.


Dr. Sultan M. Al-Daihani

Dr. Sultan M. Al-Daihani, Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University. Dr. Sultan was the Head of the IT Unit at the College of Social Sciences. He was the SLA-AGC President during 2008/2009. In these capacities he steered of a number of professional activities. Dr. Sultan conducted a number of consultation and training workshops in the areas of e-government, electronic archiving, social networking, and e-record management. He teaches ICT-related undergraduate workshops and workshops related to digitization and digital library at the graduate level. He has published in the areas of information behavior, social networking, and use of Web 2.0 technologies. Dr. Sultan did MLIS from Kuwait University and secured his PhD from Loughborough University, UK. He can be reached by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy ( is a Librarian and Technology Trend Spotter consultant helping libraries and more prepare for upcoming technology shifts. Joe is an author and editor, an international keynote speaker, and a conference organizer.

Dr. Heather Lea Moulaison’s

Dr. Heather Lea Moulaison’s primary research interests include emerging technolgies in libraries, organization of information, and digital libraries as well as cloud computing in libraries. Dr. Moulaison also has a strong interest in international and comparative librarianship, as evidenced in her ties to Moroccan and Canadian library and information science. Dr. Moulaison has published on these topics, and has presented on them at local, national, and international conferences. Echoing her research interests, Dr. Moulaison's teaching interests include courses on organization of information (including Info Org, Cataloging, Indexing/Abstracting, Metadata) and Emerging Technologies in Libraries. Dr. Moulaison earned a doctorate in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, (USA) and an MSLIS and an MA in French, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (USA).

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