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The No Shelf Required Guide to E-book Purchasing
Edited by Sue Polanka
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5836-0
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $43.00
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Library Technology Reports, November/December 2011 (47:8)

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54 pages
8.5" x 11"
Year Published: 2012
The increasingly important role that e-books and e-readers are playing in libraries makes it essential for librarians to get a handle on the ins and outs of e-book purchasing. Sue Polanka has compiled an expert-authored series of articles for this issue of Library Technology Reports that provide strategies, best practices, and case studies for meeting the unprecedented legal, technological, and vendor challenges that come with e-book purchasing.

Articles include:
  •     “Consortial Purchasing of E-books,” by Susan Hinken and Emily J. McElroy
  •     “Academic Library Dilemmas in Purchasing Content for E-readers,” by Eleanor I. Cook
  •     “Open Access E-books,” by E. S. Hellman
  •     “The E-textbook Revolution,” by William D. Chesser
  •     “Digital Textbooks,” by Stephen R. Acker
  •     “Textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and the Role of the Library,” by Greg Raschke and Shelby Shanks

About the Author

Sue Polanka created the award-winning blog No Shelf Required about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers. The blog led to the 2011 publication of ALA Edition's best-selling No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries. Polanka is the Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio and the Vice President/President Elect of the Academic Library Association of Ohio. She has served on Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board for over ten years, and as Chair from 2007 to 2010.  Her column on electronic reference, "Off The Shelf," appears quarterly in Booklist. She was named a Library Journal 2011 Mover and Shaker for her work with e-books.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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