Tuesday 9 February 2016

1345 - 1440 Room: Plenary Hall 3

Facilitator:  David Feighan


  • Chris Bennett, Academic Global Sales Director, Cambridge University Press
  • John Elliott, VP, Collection Development & Workflow Solutions (North America, Asia, Oceania), YBP
  • Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian, Australian National University
  • Igor Smirnoff, Chief Commercial Office, PressReader
  • Rosalia Da Garcia, Executive Director – Consortia/Library, SAGE Publishing

Topic: Content is changing, access is changing.


  • The new ways content is being produced and distributed; this includes the changing role for publishers and aggregators and where do authors and customers fit into this new environment.
  • How authors are acknowledged and compensated, this includes Australian authors and content, especially in light of recent Australian Government announcements about more money for innovation and research, and the impact of free trade agreements in regards to copyright and changes to parallel imports.
  • How libraries curate content and make it available. This includes ensuring the content remains available, though of course you may have a view on the value of content remaining fixed and static when so much information on the web is increasingly fluid.
  • The impact and future role of leasing access, lease-to-own, and purchase outright. This includes the future role and place for aggregation datasets as well as PDA / DDA especially as latest edition is increasingly reserved for the publisher platform access.
  • How libraries fund access to content in this changing environment.
  • How libraries report on usage to measure impact and return on investment, this includes the role and need for standardised reporting such as Project Counter.
  • And what does this mean for collection development (quality of collection), budgets, just in time access for patrons and library services.

Please tag your comments, tweets, and blog posts about this session: #vala16 #rt1

View the video of the presentation on the VALA2016 GigTV channel here:

Delegate Q&A:

Do you have a burning question for the Content Roundtable? VALA2016 Delegates have been emailed invitations to lodge their single, most significant question – in 20 words or less – prior to conference. The most popular questions will be posed to the panel and discussed during the Roundtable session.

(NB. Please understand that it will not be possible to address every question, but we will use our best endeavours to embed common themes and issues.)



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