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Against The Grain Journal

Charleston Library Conference 

Feb 20, 2017

Views from the Penthouse Suite Interview with Michael Levine-Clark

Against the Grain, the premier journal linking publishers, vendors, and librarians, is pleased to release a series of interviews titled "Views from the Penthouse Suite." These interviews are an annual occurrence at the Charleston Library Conference; one that we look forward to every year. Select speakers and attendees are invited to the Mark Clark Penthouse Suite on the 12th floor of the Francis Marion Hotel in historic downtown Charleston, SC, to discuss wide-ranging topics and issues of importance to the publishing and library world.

Michael Levine-Clark, Dean & Director, University of Denver Libraries, is interviewed by Tom Gilson and Jack Montgomery in November 2016 in an “Against the Grain” Penthouse interview at the 2016 Charleston Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.

We start with a conversation about a panel Michael participated in at the Charleston Conference which focused on alternative ways of expanding the "discovery ecosystem" and how librarians and publishers can enhance library discovery tools. The interview continues as Michael talks about a recent study that he and two colleagues reported on dealing with freely available content including open access, “rogue” content, and pirated content. The role librarians can play is also discussed.

Next Michael discusses the possible threat open access might pose to the library’s role in funding collection development and how libraries might best react. The conversation continues as Michael talks about the position he took as one of the two featured debaters in the Conference's annual Hyde Park debate. The interview ends with his observation that although it was not planned, his various presentations melded and complimented each other by dealing with related issues.

The interview video on YouTube

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