Session 2G

Industry Crossroads
Bound Together in a Common Cause — Librarians, Monograph Publishers and Book Vendors as Intermediaries and Enablers of Quality Research

This interactive panel will discuss how publishers of scholarly monographs, librarians and book services vendors all share a common bond—serving as intermediaries for monograph authors and researchers. Although each plays a specific role in supporting academic research—from publishing and collecting monographs to enabling the management and discoverability of this content—each of these stakeholders experiences specific challenges relative to their role, while sharing common goals within the ever-changing academic ecosystem. This panel will cover academic research support from the unique perspectives of these three stakeholders. The discussion will cover:
•  Challenges they are facing in supporting academic research today
•  The role of technology in developing and delivering scholarly monographs
•  Top threats and top opportunities in their area
•  The evolving role that faculty and students play in decision-making
•  The role partnerships play in supporting research

Moderator

Ken Breen, EBSCO Information Services
Ken Breen joined EBSCO Information Services in 2010 where he leads the development and management of the GOBI, e-book, and audio book product and content strategy.  Previously, Mr. Breen had been the Vice President of Business Development at Gale, where he was involved with Gale’s Virtual Reference Library and Questia eBook platforms. His experience with e-books began in 1997 as the Product Development Manager for City Directories at R.L. Polk & Company, where he led the migration of Polk’s infoTYME product (the electronic version of the print City Directory) from diskette to CD-ROM. During his career Mr. Breen has been a featured speaker and a panelist at conferences including the American Library Association Annual Conference and the London Book Fair.

Speakers

Ken Breen, EBSCO Information Services
Ken Breen joined EBSCO Information Services in 2010 where he leads the development and management of the GOBI, e-book, and audio book product and content strategy.  Previously, Mr. Breen had been the Vice President of Business Development at Gale, where he was involved with Gale’s Virtual Reference Library and Questia eBook platforms. His experience with e-books began in 1997 as the Product Development Manager for City Directories at R.L. Polk & Company, where he led the migration of Polk’s infoTYME product (the electronic version of the print City Directory) from diskette to CD-ROM. During his career Mr. Breen has been a featured speaker and a panelist at conferences including the American Library Association Annual Conference and the London Book Fair.
Gregory Heald, University of Northern Colorado
Gregory Heald is the Associate Dean at the University of Northern Colorado Libraries, where he, among other responsibilities, coordinates activities related to collection development, scholarly communication, and digital initiatives. This work includes the allocation and oversight of the Learning Materials Budget and several collections-related endowments. His collections-related service includes serving on the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries Shared Collection Development Committee.
Leila Salisbury, University Press of Kentucky
Leila W. Salisbury is director of the University Press of Kentucky. She has also served as director of the University Press of Mississippi and marketing director of the University Press of Kentucky. At Kentucky, she is responsible for the overall direction and management of the scholarly publishing operation, its editorial focus, fiscal integrity, fundraising, and institutional relationships. Active in the Association of American University Presses, she has served on its board of directors as well as on several of its standing committees and task forces. She also has written for the library publication Against the Grain. Twitter Handle - @LeilaSalisbury
Matthew Ragas, DePaul University
Matt Ragas is academic director of the MA in Public Relations and Advertising program and an associate professor in the College of Communication where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in business literacy for communicators, corporate social responsibility (CSR), entrepreneurship, media relations, and digital and traditional public relations. He holds a BS in business administration (marketing concentration) and an MS in management, both from the University of Central Florida. He earned his PhD in mass communication from the University of Florida.  Twitter Handle - @mattragas