The below schedule reflects the 2010 virtual show.
View and print the 2010 LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit Event Guide here.

10:00 AM-
11:00 AM
Welcome Orientation and Exhibits Open Visit
11:00 AM-
11:30 AM
Welcome by Ian Singer, VP, Content & Business Development,
    Media Source, Inc.

Presentation: Original Research on the Growing Importance of Ebooks in Library Collections
11:30 AM-
12:00 PM
Opening Keynote Address: Ray Kurzweil, Author, The Singularity Is Near
Presentation: Early in the Twenty-First Century, Knowledge and Content will Underlie Everything of Value
12:00 PM-
1:00 PM
Conference-wide Panel:
The Tipping Point: How Ebooks Impact Libraries, Publishers & Readers
1:00 PM-
2:00 PM
Sponsor Webcast Presentations
Ten-minute webcast presentations brought to you by the Platinum and Gold sponsors
2:00 PM-
2:55 PM
Program Slot 1
Track I
Public Library Track II Academic Library Track III Hot Topics
Track IV
Panel: Reality Check: Putting Ebook Reading Devices into Kids’ Hands Panel: What Do Libraries Want? Creating the Perfect Public Library Model Panel: The Google Books Project: Watershed Benefit or Dangerous Precedent? Panel: Ebook “What Ifs”: Issues that Impact Scenario Planning
3:00 PM-
3:55 PM
Program Slot 2
Track I
Public Library Track II Academic Library Track III Hot Topics
Track IV
Panel: The School Library Without Walls: New Content, New Collections Panel: Ebooks and the Library User Experience Panel: Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice Panel: Should Your Next Read Be an eRead? The New Readers Advisory in the Ebook Age
4:00 PM-
4:15 PM
Break and Exhibits
4:15 PM-
4:50 PM
Midday Keynote Address: Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick, Wired
5:00 PM-
5:50 PM
Closing Keynote Address: David Lankes, Director, Information Institute,
    Syracuse University

Presentation: The “New Librarianship” in the Age of the Ebook
6:00 PM-
7:00 PM
Welcome and Opening Presentation (11:00-11:30 AM)
Original Research on the Growing Importance of eBooks in Library Collections
Ian Singer Ian Singer is VP, Content & Business Development for Media Source, Inc., responsible for driving the growth and expansion of content licensing and identifying new product and business line extensions for MSI’s various business units, including leading its evolving digital strategy. Ian joined Media Source in April 2010, after serving since 2006 as Bowker’s VP, Data Services, where we was responsible for managing its flagship Books In Print data operations in addition to its .COM and Syndetics product lines.
Opening Keynote Address (11:30-12:00 PM)
Early in the Twenty-First Century, Knowledge and Content will Underlie Everything of Value
Ray Kurzweil Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Kurzweil is one of the leading inventors of our time and has authored six books, four of which have been national best sellers. His latest book, The Singularity Is Near, was a New York Times best seller and has been the #1 book on in both science and philosophy.
Conference-wide Panel (12:00-1:00 PM)
The Tipping Point: How Ebooks Impact Libraries, Publishers & Readers
Do ebooks herald the “tipping point” from print to digital? Does this shift mean libraries must transform their relationships with publishers and readers? Libraries have always played the role of ‘reading evangelists’, encouraging the adoption of new forms of reading. But now that a new reading and borrowing experience may alter our traditional practice, how can library-publisher and library-reader relationships flourish? How can libraries continue to promote the discovery of new authors and titles? Faced with business and distribution models that seemingly exclude libraries from a seat at the virtual table, libraries must reconsider the status quo. Should libraries play a more active role in converting library visitors to paying book customers? And will the library as we know it endure?

BrianKenney Brian Kenney is the editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal. For much of his career he worked as a librarian at various institutions, including the Brooklyn Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Barbara Fister Barbara Fister writes about issues in scholarly publishing, the promise of open access, and the future of libraries in the weekly Peer to Peer Review column for Library Journal‘s Academic Newswire. She is also a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, a contributor to ACRLog, and an author of crime fiction. Her latest mystery, Through the Cracks, was published by Minotaur Books in May.
Eli Neiburger Eli Neiburger is a lifelong gamer and the Associate Director for IT and Production at the Ann Arbor District Library, MI. His book, Gamers… in the LIBRARY?! was published in 2007; he is currently working on Did you Reboot IT?! Inside and Beyond the Library—I.T. Culture Wars. Neiburger writes a column about gaming and library futures for Digitale Bibliotheek.
Steve Potash Steve Potash is President and CEO of OverDrive, Inc., a digital media company he founded in 1986. Under his leadership, OverDrive has become a leading digital distributor for hundreds of leading publishers and content suppliers in the U.S. and abroad. OverDrive distributes over 300,000 premium eBooks, audiobooks, music, and videos to a global network of over 11,000 libraries, schools and retailers.
Sponsor Webcast Presentations (1:00-2:00 PM)
Ten-minute webcast presentations offered by the Platinum and Gold sponsors
Program Slot 1 (2:00-2:55 PM)

K-12/Youth Track I
Reality Check: Putting Ebook Reading Devices into Kids’ Hands
The explosion of ebook devices has profound implications for readers, especially students. A panel of experts will consider the device landscape from the Kindle to the iPad and beyond, and what it means for students, from preschool to college.
Kathy_Ishizuka Kathy Ishizuka is the technology editor at School Library Journal. She tweets at and on Twitter and blogs lightly here and here.
warren buckleitner Warren Buckleitner is the founding editor of Children’s Technology Review and contributes to The New York Times, covering kids’ technology for the Gadgetwise blog. A former preschool, elementary school, and college teacher, he holds degrees in elementary and early childhood education and a doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State University.
jason griffey Jason Griffey is the head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The author of Mobile Technology and Libraries, Griffey blogs at American Libraries’ Perpetual Beta and Pattern Recognition, his personal blog. He is also a columnist for the ALA TechSource blog, and 2009 LJ Mover and Shaker.
Chris Harrisphoto Christopher Harris is coordinator of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley (NY) Educational Partnership. He blogs at Infomancy and writes The Next Big Thing, a regular tech column in School Library Journal. With Brian Mayer, Harris coauthored the book Libraries Got Game (ALA Editions, 2010). In 2007, Harris was a participant in the first American Library Association Emerging Leaders program and is a 2008 LJ Mover and Shaker.
Calvin Reid Calvin Reid is a Senior News Editor at Publishers Weekly, where he covers general book news as well as digital publishing. He is also coeditor of PW Comics Week, PW’s weekly email newsletter on comics and graphic novel publishing.
Public Library Track II
What Do Libraries Want? Creating the Perfect Public Library Model
Public libraries and millions of public library customers have been active and enthusiastic adopters of ebooks and digital publishing. While ebook circulation has shown geometric growth, public library practitioners have identified significant areas for vendor/publisher improvement—in variety of titles and languages, discovery, access, DRM management, and more. We ask: What do public library customers really want from ebook publishers and vendors?
Barb Genco Barbara A. Genco joined Library Journal as its collection management editor in 2009 after 25 years of developing collections for public libraries. Her most recent LJ role? Acting as project manager for A visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute SILS, she is also the ‘face’ behind the LJ/SLJ ebook Summit’s page and tweets and .
Stacey_Aldrich Stacey Aldrich was appointed State Librarian of California by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on November 19, 2009 after serving as Acting State Librarian from February 2009. As State Librarian, she directs a staff of 155, oversees a budget of about $70 million, and works with state and local officials on library bonds, programs, and initiatives.
Michael_Ciccone Michael Ciccone is the Manager of Collection Development at Hamilton Public Library in Ontario. He recently oversaw the launch of ebooks at Hamilton and launched digital download services at the District of Columbia Public Library and the New York Public Library. He has presented at OverDrive’s Digipalooza user’s conference, as well as various state conferences.
Eva_Miller Eva Miller‘s business cards usually say she’s a user experience designer or an information architect. Sometimes, she’s a design researcher and strategist. Deep down, she’s a librarian, making information clear to its intended audience every time and blending that age-old practice with a visual sensibility. Eva conducted this design research for COSLA while working with Pinpoint Logic, a design strategy consultancy in Portland, Oregon. She is currently on her way to new challenges at WebMD. Until then, contact her at .
Academic Library Track III
The Google Books Project: Watershed Benefit or Dangerous Precedent?
While Google’s scanning of millions of library volumes may bring collections to new audiences, the search giant’s dominance of this market could threaten library values, autonomy, and budgets. Advocates for and against the pending settlement in the scanning case join reps from Google and Publishers Weekly.
Norman Oder Norman Oder joined Library Journal in 1996 and currently serves as Executive Editor, News. He’s reported on the Google Books Settlement as debated at library conferences, a law school symposium, and the fairness hearing in federal court.
Andrew Richard Albanese, Features Editor, Publishers Weekly, has covered publishing and information technology for more than a decade. He previously edited the Library Journal Academic Newswire and was an American History editor at Oxford University Press. Among regular coverage of the Google Books litigation, he broke the news in October 2008 of an imminent settlement.
Ivy_Anderson Ivy Anderson is the Director of Collection Development and Management at the California Digital Library, where she works on behalf of the ten campuses of the University of California system, including oversight of UCs book digitization partnership with Google. She wrote Hurtling Toward the Finish Line: Should the Google Settlement Be Approved? for the CDL in February. Before joining the CDL in 2005, Anderson was Program Manager for Electronic Resource Management and Licensing at the Harvard University Library.
brandon_badger Brandon Badger is a Product Manager for Google Books, working to organize the world’s books and make them more universally accessible and useful. Previously, he worked as a Product Manager for Google Earth and the Maps API. He has a MS in Computer Science and BA in Economics from Stanford University.
Karen Coyle Karen Coyle is a librarian with over thirty years of experience with library technology. She now consults in a variety of areas relating to digital libraries. Coyle has published dozens of articles and reports, most available on She has served on standards committees including the MARC standards group (MARBI), NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard, and was an ALA representative to the e-book standards development that led to the ePub standard. Her response to Ivy Anderson’s Hurtling Toward the Finish Line is titled Trust and the Settlement.
Hot Topics Track IV
Ebook “What Ifs”: Issues that Impact Scenario Planning
“What if…” can be a scary phrase, especially when so many aspects of digital and ebook strategy are already uncertain. Taking a look at a number of big-picture hypotheticals, this panel will consider changes to the ebook industry landscape that could quickly alter the way patrons use the library. Find out how unprecedented access to published content, dirt-cheap ereaders, and radical new lending models stand to shape the ebook future for the entire range of library users.
Josh_Hadro Josh Hadro began as an associate editor with Library Journal in January 2008, just after the Amazon Kindle debuted in the US. He currently covers ebooks, reference, and academic libraries for the magazine. He holds an MSLIS from the Pratt Institute, and tweets under on Twitter, where he likes to debate whether one can be a librarian without working in a library.
Matt Hamilton is part hardware geek, part software geek. He brings a punk rock “Do It Yourself” ethos to librarianship, often turning tradition on its head. Matt is the IT Manager for the Anythink Library System in Colorado and was named one of Library Journal‘s Movers and Shakers for 2010. Matt received his MLS from Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management and has since presented around the country on innovative services, staff development, and emerging technologies.
sarah_Houghton Sarah Houghton-Jan is the Digital Futures Manager for the San Jose Public Library. She is the author of Librarian in Black, a blog dedicated to technology in libraries. She is also the author of the book Technology Training in Libraries. She speaks and consults for libraries internationally. She lives in San Rafael, California.
Bobbie Newman Bobbi Newman is dedicated to helping libraries find their place in the digital age. She has presented on a variety of topics related to improving existing digital services through expanding traditional methods, while creating innovative new practices. Her professional interests include digital and technology based services, the digital divide, 21st century literacies and the role of all libraries in equal access and opportunity for all. She writes at
Program Slot 2 (3:00-3:55 PM)

K-12/Youth Track I
The School Library Without Walls: New Content, New Collections
In the school environment, ebooks provide new opportunities for curriculum support, allowing content to be accessed from the library to the classroom to the home. This panel will jump into some of the major issues around ebooks in schools: making ebooks play well with the rest of the collection, promoting ebooks to other educators, and experiments with handheld devices.
Joyce Valenza Joyce Valenza is the author of Power Tools, Power Research Tools and Power Tools Recharged for ALA Editions. She currently blogs for School Library Journal at NeverendingSearch, which won an Edublogs Award for 2005, was nominated in 2008, and won again in 2009.
marc aronson Marc Aronson is an author, editor, publisher, speaker, and historian who believes that young people, especially pre-teens and teenagers, are smart, passionate, and capable of engaging with interesting ideas in interesting ways.
Todd Brekus Todd Brekus, President of Digital Solutions of Capstone Publishers, leads the digital product vision and strategy as the organization continues to expand its digital solutions in the education market. His prior experiences launching products and services into the education market as well as his thorough understanding on technology provides the foundation to Capstone Digital future growth.
erin_sullivan Erin Sullivan is a Product Manager at Gale, a part of Cengage Learning; responsible for overseeing the cutting-edge Gale Virtual Reference Library eBook platform and publishing partners. Erin has been with Gale since 1999 and blogs at Re:sources.
Public Library Track II
Ebooks and the Library User Experience
Question: If libraries build the perfect ebook collection, will the patrons come? Answer: Only if they can actually get their hands on a rich variety of content on the devices they use without jumping through hoops. User advocates, RA experts, and digital gurus dig into the issues and solutions.
Rebecca_Miller Rebeccca Miller is Executive Editor, Features for Library Journal, where she started out as an assigning editor in the Book Review. A favorite feature project to date is “The Future of Reading”, which has inspired much of her thinking about the potential of the ebook to sustain and expand both literacy and reading for pleasure, and the role of libraries in that evolution. Also a past president of the National Book Critics Circle, she holds an MSLIS from Pratt Institute.
Michael Bills Michael Bills is Director of Sales, Digital Products, for Baker & Taylor. Michael has leveraged a love of books into a career that spans bookselling, publishing and library distribution. Michael has been highly involved in making e-books work for libraries since 1999 when he joined the startup NetLibrary. Michael is now engaged in the design and development of Baker & Taylor’s new digital content library circulation platform for Blio, the world’s most flexible and engaging e-reader application.
jean costello Jean Costello is a Technical Project Manager for The New England Journal of Medicine, where she works closely with editorial and publishing staff to leverage digital technologies. Prior to joining NEJM, she suspended her corporate career after more than 20 years to earn a degree in Science and Technology Studies, an emerging scholarly discipline that examines the reciprocal relationships among cultural values, scientific research, and technological innovation. Jean is a passionate library advocate and blogs regularly as the Radical Patron.
Josh Greenberg Joshua M. Greenberg is director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Digital Information Technology and the Dissemination of Knowledge program, which aims to promote the use of digital technology to increase access to human knowledge and the fruits of human culture. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Greenberg was the New York Public Library’s first Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship, where he developed and led a digital strategy centered on building online visitors and deepening engagement through access to collections.
Aaron Schmidt Aaron Schmidt has been a circulation clerk, reference librarian, and library director in the past eight years. Shortly after completing his MLIS at Dominican University, Schmidt saw the potential of applying new media technology to libraries and launched successful programs at his suburban Chicago public library. He has helped connect the library to its community through outlets such as instant messaging, weblogs and social software. He is a 2005 LJ Mover and Shaker.
Academic Library Track III
Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice
Purchasing ebooks in the academic library is no a simple task. Should a library purchase title by title, or choose a preselected subject collection? Must librarians select individual titles or can they allow patron driven purchasing models with pay-per view options? How can distributors, publishers and libraries orchestrate the addition of electronic content into print approval plans? What options exist for print-on-demand? These are difficult questions, but add to that mixture a multi-system university or a consortium, and the answers start to seem unreachable. This session will discuss the myriad choices in eBook acquisition, offering perspectives from publishers, distributors, consortia members, and academic libraries.
sue polanka Sue Polanka is the moderator of No Shelf Required, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers. NSR received 1st place, academic blog category in the Salem Press Library Blog Awards, 2010. Sue has been a reference and instruction librarian for 20 years, and is currently the Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio. Her first book, No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, will be published in summer 2010.
Michael_Levine Michael Levine-Clark is the Collections Librarian at the University of Denver’s Penrose Library. He has recently completed a two-year term as the president of the Faculty Senate at the University of Denver, and has also held elected positions in RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section. With colleagues from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, he founded the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship, and currently serves as co-editor for scholarly articles. He has published and presented widely on various aspects of collections use and analysis, and is particularly interested in how these analyses can inform practice. He is currently working with YBP and EBL to develop a comprehensive multi-format demand-driven acquisition plan for monographs.
Emily_mcelroy Emily McElroy is the Head of Collection Development & Scholarly Communication at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Before joining OHSU in 2007, Emily was Head of Acquisitions at New York University. She is currently chairing an eBook Team for the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortia of 36 libraries in Oregon and Washington.
Brett_Rubinstein Brett Rubinstein currently manages Library Sales for Springer. Most notably, Brett has been working very closely with librarians to license journals, eBooks and databases to corporate libraries, academic libraries and consortia. Previously to his current role, Brett worked within sales and marketing at Cell Press. In addition, Brett studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Hot Topics Track IV
Should Your Next Read Be an eRead? The New Readers Advisory in the Ebook Age
Traditional RA is often delivered via face-to-face interactions across a Reference Desk or among the library’s physical shelves. How do 21st-century RA librarians create and maintain trusted relationships with their readers? What new and traditional methods can we employ to help readers discover new favorites and old friends in spite of such hurdles as DRM and the lack of a universal ebook format?
Heather McCormack Heather McCormack is Book Review Editor of Library Journal and tweets regularly about the intersection of librarianship and book publishing under the handle .
Katie Dunneback From Katie Dunneback‘s early days of running an underground popular materials library out of her university dorm room to regularly teaching continuing education classes on reader’s advisory and technology topics to Iowa’s library community, she has made the the quest of matching the reader to the right book her life’s avocation. Her latest contribution is co-authoring the romance chapter in Integrated Advisory Service: Breaking Through the Book Boundary to Better Serve Library Users from Libraries Unlimited.
Neal Wyatt Neal Wyatt, author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Nonfiction, writes LJ’s Wyatt’s World and RA Crossroads, and edits LJ’s The Reader’s Shelf column. She lives in Richmond and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Media, Art, and Text at Virginia Commonwealth University.
DuncanSmith Duncan Smith, the creator and founder of NoveList, EBSCO Publishing’s electronic readers’ advisory service, is the Vice-President for the NoveList Division (including NoveList Plus, NextReads and NoveList Select).
Midday Keynote Address (4:15-4:50 PM)
Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly founded Wired magazine in 1993 and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. Kelly cofounded the Hackers’ Conference and authored the best-selling New Rules for the New Economy and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control. Now Wired’s “Senior Maverick” he will publish What Technology Wants (Viking/Penguin) this fall.
Closing Keynote Address (5:00-5:50 PM)
The “New Librarianship” in the Age of the Ebook
What will librarianship look like in a digital age? Are our traditional skills transferable? Transformative? Lankes will both share a vision for our future and hand us our marching orders.
DavidLankes R. David Lankes is the Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse, University, NY and Director of Syracuse’s library science program. Lankes’s interest has always concerned combining theory and practice to create impactful active research projects. Past projects include the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology; the Gateway to Education Materials; AskERIC; and the Virtual Reference Desk. Lankes’s more recent work involves how participatory concepts can reshape libraries and credibility.