No Shelf Required® is a blog about eBooks, loosely defined to discuss eBooks, audio books, and other digital content found in libraries as well as the technology needed to read and listen to this digital content. Electronic reference interfaces are another popular topic of conversation. The blog is designed to inform librarians and publishers of the happenings in the industry, from a variety of perspectives, and give them an opportunity to discuss eBook issues. All are encouraged to participate in the discussion through commenting and posting via the moderator, Sue Polanka from Wright State University Libraries. The discussion will focus on the issues, concepts, current and future practices of Ebook publishing including: finding, selecting, licensing, policies, business models, use (tracking), best practices, ebook readers, and promotion/marketing. I hope you find the blog a valuable resource. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Founder – Sue Polanka, Head of Reference/Instruction, Wright State University Libraries and Editor of ALA Editions, No Shelf Required: Ebooks in Libraries, 2010.
Contributing Writer/Editor – Mirela Roncevic
February, 2008 – first blog post on SAGE Reference Online posted in the old home of NSR on blogspot
May, 2008 -NSR moves to new home on WordPress, hosted by Wright State University Libraries
February, 2010 – @spolanka finally starts Tweeting, all NSR posts are posted to Twitter
May, 2010 – NSR wins the Salem Press Library Blog Awards – 1st Place, Academic Category
July, 2010 – NSR offers mirror sites on www.noshelfrequired.com, .net, and .org
August, 2010 – No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, edited by Sue Polanka, is published by ALA Editions
January, 2011 – No Shelf Required® receives trademark from USPTO
March, 2011 – Sue Polanka wins Library Journal 2011 Movers & Shakers award for her work with eBooks and No Shelf Required
March, 2011 – Sue Polanka is Against The Grain’s Star of the Week
August, 2011 – E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries, edited by Sue Polanka, published by IGI. This is the first in the IGI Advances in Library and Information Science Series
December, 2011 – The November/December Library Technology Reports edited by Sue Polanka, The No Shelf Required Guide to E-book Purchasing, published by ALA.
January, 2012 – No Shelf Required II: The Use and Management of E-Books, edited by Sue Polanka published by ALA Editions
June, 2012 – No Shelf Required receives Honorable Mention in the 2012 Salem Press Library Blog Awards
October, 2012 – Mirela Roncevic joins NSR as a contributing writer and editor.
May, 2013 – Sue Polanka awarded Kent State University Alumnus of the Year for 2013 for her contributions to the profession through the NSR blog, books, and events.
June, 2013 – eContent Quarterly, edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic, launches from ALA TechSource