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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A new digital journal from ALA TechSource, eContent Quarterly offers coverage of everything from e-book and e-journal platforms, e-reference sources, and databases to multimedia, digital solutions, discovery services, and other types of e-content designed for use in libraries and educational institutions. It is written by and for information professionals in the business of producing, selling, buying, and managing e-content—including librarians, publishers, aggregators, distributors, and other library vendors. Editors Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic harness their deep knowledge of the e-content landscape and vast library and editorial experience to cover the topic from every angle and in greater depth than is offered in other LIS publications. Examining the successes and failures of business models, delivery methods, and usability of digital content, contributors from a wide range of contexts help shed light on cutting-edge issues and best practices.
From the Editors
The Copyright Conundrum: Or, Don't Shoot Me, It's the Law!
A story of how at California State University, Long Beach, a one-librarian copyright awareness initiative was born and has taken hold.
by Tracey Mayfield
Negotiating with Content Vendors: An Art or a Science?
A senior executive documents the negotiation process between libraries and vendors, offering the rarely discussed "for profit" perspective.
by Matt Dunie
Total Boox: A Time for a Shift
An emerging e-book vendor introduces a model that shifts the industry from "purchase-centric" to "reading centric."
by Yoav Lorch
Why Total Boox: A Librarian's Perspective
Director of Westchester Library System (New York) offers thoughts on why implementing Total Boox makes sense for his library system, a consortium of 38.
by Terry Kirchner
ProQuest: Maintaining Entrepreneurial Momentum
Together, as part of ProQuest, EBL and ebrary aim to advance the e-book market.
by Beth Dempsey