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Charleston Library Conference 

Apr 4, 2022

Today's episode is from the 2021 Charleston Library Conference from a session titled "Whole Ebook ILL: On the Road Toward a Scalable Solution” presented by Whitney Murphy, Sr. Product Manager, Clarivate; Allen Jones, Director, Digital Library and Technical Services, The New School; George Machovec, Executive Director, Colorado Alliance; Sylvia Bonadio, Sales Director, Americas, Brill; and Lisa Nachtigall, Director, Global Institutional Resellers and Channel Strategy, Oxford University Press.

Interlibrary loan (ILL) has a long and valued history, and today, it’s more important than ever. Stagnant library budgets and increasing virtual learning environments, combined with the impact of the global pandemic, all increased the importance of borrowing and lending across libraries. While ILL services have expanded to include support for digital lending, a scalable solution does not yet exist for aggregated whole ebook lending. Supporting a shift to whole ebook lending offers an opportunity for publishers and libraries to collaborate on how best to address challenges and leverage the affordances of digital content and workflows.

Join this discussion to hear from both academic librarians and publishers as they discuss the benefits and concerns surrounding ILL models and the opportunities presented by whole ebook lending. Early results and findings from a successful whole ebook ILL pilot will be shared.

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