Join the new eBook blog

Dear Collegues,
I welcome you to participate in a new blog about eBooks. You’ll find a brief overview of the blog, No Shelf Required, below. It is live and available for your comments now. I hope you can join what will be a lively discussion on all aspects of eBooks in libraries. Regards, Sue Polanka

Sue Polanka Head, Reference and Instruction, Paul Laurence Dunbar LibraryWright State University, Dayton, Ohio 45433 937-775-3142

No Shelf Required

No Shelf Required provides a forum for discussion among librarians, publishers, distributors, aggregators, and others interested in the publishing and information industry. The discussion will focus on the issues, concepts, current and future practices of Ebook publishing including: finding, selecting, licensing, policies, business models, usage (tracking), best practices, and promotion/marketing. The concept of the blog is to have open discussion, propose ideas, and provide feedback on the best ways to implement Ebooks in library settings. The blog will be a moderated discussion with timely feature articles and product reviews available for discussion and comment.

No Shelf Required will be moderated by Sue Polanka, Wright State University. The role of the moderator will be to articulate discussion topics, provide feature articles and product reviews, and ask poignant questions to the group in order to stimulate open discussion and collaborative learning about Ebooks. The moderator will also provide audio content in the form of interviews with librarians and those in the publishing industry.

6 thoughts on “Join the new eBook blog”

  1. We at the Gardner-Harvey Library, Miami University Middletown, are very excited about the expanding eBook collections available through OhioLINK and Miami University. Now with the Reference Universe trial, we expect to lure more researchers into unfamiliar waters with marvelous results.
    In an effort to promote eBooks, we posted an overview to our Library page:

  2. Sue, it’s nice to see another resource for e-book information and discussion out here! And especially from the perspective of library and reference material, which stands to undergo incredible changes as e-books develop. Here’s hoping for a lively exchange of information, and promotion to the cause of e-books in general.

  3. I hope to see a day soon when our school district will join the e-book trend and provide access to e-books for our students.

  4. Our library is the 12-13th largest university library in the country. Our large reference department in the graduate research library has many specialized titles that will probably never find their way online.
    Many of us feel they should stay in the Reference Department to make sure they will always be available to scholars in years to come.

  5. I agree and appreciate that your library will keep these unique titles in your reference collection. I think all librarians are concerned about the archival qualities of e content, but it seems to be of more concern with books rather than journals. Publishers are considering making ebooks more “living” by updating them and keeping older editions searchable as well. it will be interesting to see where things go from here and 50 years from now, to see if we miss having that reference title in print.

  6. That’s a good idea but concerning the ebook, there would be extra work for licensing or distribution rights. I’ve seen lots of paid ebooks distributed freely and it’s difficult to separate from free and paid ones. As long as it’s used at educational institution, it’s easier to control the distribution. However, librarians are still needed in the future.

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