ALA Editions recently announced the Fall 2013 launch of a new online journal: eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic. The journal was previewed at this year’s ALA conference in Chicago, and the zero issue made available for free in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats on the journal’s site.
Fall 2013 issue, to be released in September, will feature articles on e-book formats, metadata, kids’ apps, and the importance of partnerships in the management of econtent. Winter 2014 issue, to be released in early 2014, will explore “bookless” libraries, user-centered design of e-reference products, implementation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs in high schools, and multi-format e-book strategies in academic libraries.
eContent Quarterly is now accepting proposals for contributions to its Spring 2014 issue. Librarians, publishers, vendors, and other information science professionals interested in writing an article about how their institution is braving an e-content challenge, or if they are in the midst of developing or releasing a product librarians and information professionals should know about, may send their proposal to the editors (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com), including a detailed description of the topic and information about affiliation and credentials.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Effect of digital content on learning and literacy
- Discoverability and marketing of digital content
- Business model experimentation
- Ebook platform technologies
- Locally-hosted digital content
- Library as Publisher
- Self-publishing and libraries
- Budgeting for digital content
- Impact of one-to-one device adoption
- Open access ebooks
- Digital textbook adoption
eContent Quarterly offers practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, integrating, and managing electronic content in rapidly-changing digital library environments. Each issue consists of in-depth articles on the many facets of electronic content as well as product reviews and interviews with industry leaders. The articles are written by a wide range of professionals, both from the library field and publishing and vendor industry.
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 publishing and LIS field, including the overhaul of digital coverage in Library Journal. She has also managed publications of LIS books and newsletters and developed online resources for librarians, including The Library Grants Center. At the forefront of the e-book revolution since its infancy, Roncevic managed Library Journal‘s first e-book reviews column and is a consultant for e-content producers, advising them on positioning their products in libraries while working closely with librarians. She teaches and speaks on the topic of econtent and digital publishing. Follow her on Twitter @MirelaRoncevic.