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.
The pressing question facing libraries is how much physical content will be exclusively available electronically, and when will that happen? For public librarians, especially, a third question is how it will affect their budgets. This article answers those questions using an experiment by Mesa County Public Libraries, Colorado.
Gale is digitizing the world's archives, creating not only online documents but the tools needed for twenty-first-century researchers to interact with content. Two Gale executives explain how the virtual museum experience has become even more instructive than the conventional "in person" experience.
Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults own either a tablet or an e-reader device for e-reading. This article details the most popular devices.
How does a publisher (or producer of digital content) embrace a topic that requires so much hands-on exploration and take full advantage of all that technology has to offer in order to deliver a product that both educates, engages, and even entertains?
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