The Library Alternative

Moderated by:
Peter Brantley (BookServer Project)
Andrew Albanese (Publishers Weekly), Tim Coates (Bilbary), Jeremy LeBard (ReadCloud), Micah May (New York Public Library), Julie Sandorf (Charles H. Revson Foundation )
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In the past year, it has become increasingly apparent that libraries are
facing a momentous change in their operating environment. With the
growing withdrawal from the library market by many publishers and the
entry of large retailers with commercially based lending models, it is
increasingly difficult for libraries to 1) build a digital collection at
a time when digital reading is exploding; 2) understand whether or not
they actually have any ownership or perpetual rights to the books they
are acquiring; and 3) facing the very real possibility that book lending
may be wholly removed from their remit in the future.

Joining the moderator are five individuals working to foster or
construct alternative business models for libraries in the digital age
in concert with publishers.

Come join us as we discuss the challenges of – and potential solutions to – affording
equal access to content, while making financially feasible for publishers and

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Peter Brantley

BookServer Project

Peter Brantley is the Director of the BookServer Project at the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based not for profit library. He contributes regularly to several blogs on libraries and publishing, discussing transformations in media and information access. He serves on the board of the International Digital Publishing Forum, the standards setting body for digital books. Peter has significant experience with academic research libraries and digital library development programs, and was previously the Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation, a not for profit membership organization of research and national libraries.

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Andrew Albanese

Publishers Weekly

Andrew Richard Albanese is Features Editor at Publishers Weekly. He has covered the publishing and information technology fields since 1999, and has written for numerous publications including Lingua Franca, and Prior to joining Publisher Weekly he was a reporter and editor at Library Journal, and a former editor with Oxford University Press, and Regan Books.

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Tim Coates


Author of “Who’s in Charge? Responsibility for the Public Library Service,” a critical assessment of libraries designed to ensure their preservation, Tim Coates has devoted his four-decade career to promoting his love of books and reading. A consultant to local and national government on public library services, Tim is also author of “The Good Library Manual”, a practical guide to transforming any public library by improving the library experience. Tim is also author of the weekly “Good Library Blog”.

Tim is best known in Britain as a successful book retailer. However, he is also an editor and author of 30 books. Former managing director/CEO of retail book sellers Sherratt & Hughes and Waterstone’s in England and of the English book chain WHSmith in Europe, Tim was also a proprietor of his own book store.

Tim is Chairman, founder and visionary for, an e-book retail and lending site in mid-stage development.

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Jeremy LeBard


Jeremy LeBard is the Co-founder of ReadCloud, a company providing a host of solutions for education including social ebook reading software, a white-lable bookstore platform for 200+ bookstores in Australia and New Zealand, and a management and distribution system for educational training material. For the past 10 years Jeremy has specialised in media and technology consulting on multi-million dollar projects for blue-chip companies including HP, Accenture and Microsoft in the Asia Pacific region. He is considered a thought leader in the publishing sector as stated by international publisher and bookseller organisations.

Micah May

New York Public Library

Micah May, Director of Strategy for the New York Public Library –

Micah received his BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Colorado (Magna Cum Laude) and his JD from Harvard Law School. He worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co for four year, were he helped found the McKinsey Center for the Advancement of Problem Solving, an internal think tank that developed innovative problem solving techniques and helped McKinsey teams implement them with clients. He is now the Director of Strategy at the New York Public Library. He leads the Library’s strategic planning work and it’s project management office and advises senior management on real time strategic decisions.

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Julie Sandorf

Charles H. Revson Foundation

Julie Sandorf has served as president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation since January 2008. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Sandorf was the co-founder and executive director of Nextbook, a national organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of Jewish literature, culture, and the arts. From 1991 through 1999, she was president of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), an organization she founded that worked in partnership with philanthropic foundations, over 200 nonprofit organizations, and government at the local, state, and national levels to deliver permanent solutions to chronic homelessness.
Prior to founding CSH, Ms. Sandorf was a program director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she forged a groundbreaking public-private partnership to revitalize distressed neighborhoods throughout New York City. She has also served as senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, directing the Foundation’s After School Project, and has worked as a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Ms. Sandorf currently serves on the advisory board of the Oak Foundation, is chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Center for Urban Community Services, and a member of the board of directors of the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing. She also sits on the advisory council for the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University. She has previously served on the advisory board of the Brookings Institution Center for Urban and Metropolitan Policy, the editorial board of Housing Policy Debate, and on the boards of the National Mental Health Association, Goddard Riverside Community Center, and the Project for Psychiatric Outreach for the Homeless.

Ms. Sandorf has a B.A. in geography from Clark University and studied for a Ph.D. in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Ingram Content Group
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Blackboard
  • Bowker
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Innodata
  • Jouve North America
  • MarkLogic
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Océ North America
  • Temis
  • Aptara
  • Atex
  • LibreDigital
  • Media Services Group
  • MarkLogic
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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