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Friday, May 20 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
None of our Business: Examining the Economics and Business Dynamics of the Library and Information Industry

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Librarians are often referred to as information professionals and talk of the "information industry," but how much do we actually know about the business side of publishing and library vendors? As vendors and publishers continue to consolidate, and costs increase for libraries and our communities, the business side of libraries deserves greater scrutiny from the library community which often shies away from critically examining our role in the greater information industry. Building our awareness and engaging in critical discourse of the library industry is essential for securing our bargaining power, navigating our role as stewards of our collections, and situating our profession in relationship to broader economic forces within the information business.

Learning objectives:
Increase awareness of the current business landscape of scholarly and popular publishing industries, and why it matters for libraries of all types 
Gain greater understanding of the library software and service industries, including consolidation among vendors and potential impacts on libraries
Explore the economics of the information industry and the role of libraries as intermediaries for information access

Speakers
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Alex Sundt

Web Services Librarian, Utah State University
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Robert Heaton

Collection Management Librarian, Utah State University
Looking for answers: How will we keep paying for all this stuff? How are we going to archive all this digital stuff? How can we align author incentives, the publishing marketplace, and the future of the scholarly record? When will libraries benefit from well-designed free software... Read More →
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Jason Folkman

Electronic Resources Librarian, Utah State University
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Nick Gittins

OER Coordinator, Utah State University
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Erica Finch

Utah State University
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Stephanie Western

OER Program Manager, Utah State University



Friday May 20, 2022 3:00pm - 3:50pm MDT
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