E-content in Libraries: Marketplace Perspectives

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Library Technology Reports, November/December 2015 (51:8)

The furor over e-book lending in libraries has calmed. Satisfactory business models, however, remain elusive. Sue Polanka, academic librarian and creator of the No Shelf Required® website, has been tracking this complex marketplace from its beginnings. In this issue of Library Technology Reports she gathers the perspectives of a public librarian and two information industry executives who share concerns and offer ideas for working together. Inside,  

  • Joseph Sanchez delves into how publishers shift toward digital formats will affect public library budgets;
  • Matt Dunie describes cost structures and pricing strategies; and
  • Michael Zeoli calls for a collaborative approach to meeting three challenges: isolationism, content availability, and partnerships.

Sue Polanka

Sue Polanka is the moderator of No Shelf Required, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers, which won the 2010 Salem Press Library Blog Award for Best Academic Blog. Her intrigue with e-books began in 1999 with the introduction of NetLibrary and advanced with the evolution of online reference sources. She has been a reference and instruction librarian for 20 years at public, state, and academic libraries in Ohio and Texas and is currently the Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio. Sue is a graduate of the University of Dayton and the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. She has served on Booklist's Reference Books Bulletin Advisory Board for 10 years, functioning as Chair from 2007- 2010 and writes a column for RBB, "Off The Shelf," discussing electronic reference issues.

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