Live webinar 27 April: Is there a systemic problem with ebooks?

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Webcast date (GMT): 
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 15:00

The subject of ebook costs has been a hot topic over the last couple of years, since Research Information first reported on ‘gobsmacking’ price rises in the UK academic sector nearly two years ago.

With many researchers and students being forced to resort to electronic versions of books during the pandemic – and an ongoing trend towards the digital format – many universities, particularly those with smaller library budgets, are finding they can no longer afford to provide the publications their patrons require.

Earlier in 2022 the Library Association of Ireland hosted a booked-out online seminar to discuss the ebooks crisis and subsequently stated that there is a ‘systemic’ problem with the provision of ebooks, concluding that there is a need for the sector to work together to ensure a more equitable and sustainable approach.

In this free live webinar, on 27 April at 3pm UK time, we’ll be discussing the effects on academic libraries, and what needs to be done to ensure that they can meet their users’ needs.

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Who should attend: Librarians and academics affected by ebook pricing, and all those who want to stay informed on what is an important and ongoing issue affecting much of the academic publishing sector.

Speakers: Johanna Anderson, University of Gloucestershire and #ebookSOS campaigner; Cathal McCauley, Library Association of Ireland; plus more TBC.