Webinar moderator Shirley Decker-Lucke, Content Director, SSRN, took the time to answer a few questions about the upcoming webinar:
How does this event or subject area relate to larger issues in scholarly publishing?
Three-quarters of the panelists on this webinar had worked on books in the past but no longer do. They all continue to work in scholarly publishing but focus on journals or preprints or research. When they were working with books, they were always asked this question by others and by themselves.
There have been many cost and staff reductions in the book publishing field of scholarly publishing. Books are under duress. Of course it does depend on the discipline but it’s no secret that across the spectrum book publishing has declined.
Everyone on this panel remains pro-books. They will make their case for books from the perspective of a librarian, a professor, a university press, and a larger book publisher.
Spoiler alert: the answer is “yes!”
Who is the intended audience? Who should attend?
This is for people who do think books are important.
Anyone who works in books and faces this challenge to help get ammo on why books are important.
What are the goals for this event? What can attendees expect in terms of format?
Each person will spend 5 to 7 mins making the case for books and answering the question “does anyone read books?”
The second half of the event will be conversational. We’ll save time for the various roles to ask and answer questions they always wished they could ask. For example, the researcher will ask the librarian how they make a decision to purchase a book.
What do the selected speakers bring to the discussion?
Experience and curiosity!
What will attendees take away from this event? What is the value of attendance?
The goal is to provide people who do work in book publishing, information that demonstrates the relevance and importance of books in the scholarly publishing landscape. Beyond a simple “yes, books are lovely,” attendees can return to the office fueled with anecdotes and ideas to recharge their book publishing program.
News contribution by SSP member, Marianne Calilhanna. Marianne is the Vice President of Marketing for Data Conversion Laboratory.