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The No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing

There’s no question that the role e-books and e-readers in libraries is increasing rapidly. For this issue of Library Technology Reports, Sue Polanka has compiled an expert-authored series of articles that provide librarians with strategies, best practices and case studies for meeting the unprecendented legal, technological, and vendor challeges that come with e-book purchasing.

Topics Include:

  • 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

Sue Polanka is the moderator of the award-winning No Shelf Required, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers. Sue has been a reference and instruction librarian for over twenty 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. She edited No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries from ALA Editions and E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts with IGI Publishing and is currently editing No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Electronic Books for ALA. She has served on Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board for over ten years, serving as chair from 2007 to 2010. Her column on electronic reference, Off the Shelf, appears in Booklist quarterly. Polanka was named a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

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