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.
- About the Authors
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.
- "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