Last week ALA Editions announced the 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue will consist of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders.
“Libraries, publishers, and information providers are constantly experimenting with business models, delivery methods, and usability of digital content. eContent Quarterly aims to capture these stories, along with their successes and failures, in order to share best practices in the industry, ” said Polanka.
“We will strive to provide timely coverage that helps everyone in the information chain make informed decisions, with less emphasis on descriptions of products and more focus on unique features and comparisons,” added Roncevic.
eContent Quarterly is now accepting proposals for contributions. Librarians, publishers, and other information science professionals interested in submitting a proposal should send a written request to Sue Polanka, including a description of the topic and information about affiliation and credentials.
Suggested topics include:
- Business model experimentation
- Ebook platform technologies
- Discoverability and marketing of digital content
- Locally hosted digital content
- User satisfaction surveys
- User-centered design
- Budgeting for digital content
- Impact of one-to-one device adoption
- Open access ebooks
- Digital textbook adoption
- Effect of digital content on learning and literacy
- Lending devices to patrons with disabilities
For review coverage of current or forthcoming products—including ebook platforms, databases, and digital solutions—publishers and producers may contact Mirela Roncevic, including description of each product and details on how to access it.
Polanka created the award-winning blog, No Shelf Required®, which explores the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers and has led to a series of best-selling publications. She is the head of reference and instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, OH, president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio, and a member of the ALA Council. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2011, tagged as the Ebook Guru. Her column, E-Book Buzz, appears in ONLINE Searcher magazine. She speaks internationally on the topic of e-books. Follow her on Twitter @noshelfrequired.
Roncevic is an independent writer, editor and content developer recognized for spearheading a number of initiatives in the LIS field, including the overhaul of reference coverage in Library Journal. She has also managed publications of LIS books and newsletters and developed free online resources for librarians, including The Library Grants Center. At the forefront of the e-book revolution since its infancy, she managed LJ’s first ebook reviews column in 1999 and is a consultant for e-content producers. Editor of The Library Journal Guide to E-Reference Resources, she is currently authoring an issue of ALA TechSource’s Library Technology Reports on ebook platforms in libraries. Follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic.
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