eContent Quarterly, volume 1 number 2

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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
Bookless Library? I Raise You the Building
Why embracing a buildingless library makes sense for every institution.
by Lura Sanborn
Online Reference Systems: Putting the User at the Center of Design 
The Senior Publisher at Credo Reference shares perpectives of three "e-reference" companies catering to libraries.
by John G. Dove
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Where To Turn for Background, Context, Ideas, and Inspiration on User-Centered Design of Reference Systems. 
by John G. Dove with Terry Winograd, Erin McKean, Jodi Wing, and Josh Orum
Aggregation, Integration, Cooperation: The Three Imperatives of New York University's E-book Strategy
What's worked and what hasn't—a case study of NYU's much-admired e-book program.
by Angela M. Carreño and Bill Maltarich
One Approach, Many Pieces: How iPads, Laptops, Labs, and Libraries Create Tech-Agile Students
A Cincinnati high school's unique approach to diverse technology tools and programs.
by Linda D. Behen
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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.

Mirela Roncevic

Mirela Roncevic has served as a consultant for a range of publishers and libraries and partnered with companies creating new digital opportunities for publishers, authors, readers, educators, and librarians. She has also contributed articles, reports, book reviews, and short stories to numerous magazines and has served as managing editor of several book series and journals. Editorial Director of No Shelf Required, an award-winning portal on e-books and digital content, she is also the founder of the One Country, One Library initiative, which supports the creation of national libraries that provide free access to books and other content to all people inside a country’s borders for the purpose of bridging digital divides, equalizing access to education, enabling reading, and spreading literacy.