Category Archives: NSR Info

Mirela Roncevic joins No Shelf Required

No Shelf Required is pleased to announce that Mirela Roncevic has joined the blog as a contributing writer and editor. In this role, Roncevic will cover stories related to reference publishing and content development as well as contribute opinion pieces and interviews with industry leaders.

Mirela Roncevic is an independent content developer, writer, and library market researcher, with 17 years of experience in the publishing and library fields. She assists publishers and content producers in positioning their products in libraries, develops resources geared to librarians and book professionals, and orchestrates initiatives that strengthen relationships between the two communities. Her previous roles included overseeing coverage of print and electronic reference sources and ebooks at Library Journal and assigning books for review in arts, humanities, literature, and education. She also spearheaded an LIS book series, an LIS newsletter, and several webinars on ebooks and reference publishing. Over the course of her editorial career, Mirela has published countless articles and news stories on reference publishing and librarianship. She was also the editor of Neal-Schuman’s 2009 title, Library Journal Guide to E-Reference Resources.

Publishers and aggregators of reference and research content may send all PR materials directly to Mirela at mirela@mirelaroncevic.com

 

 

Salem Press Library Blog Awards announced

Congratulations to all of the blogs and bloggers – those nominated and those awarded.  Thanks to all for your continued support of No Shelf Required, the Academic Honorable Mention for 2012.

Salem Press once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing, and information. Hundreds of blog nominations poured in, thousands of votes were cast, leaving our distinguished guest judges with the difficult task of selecting one winner per category.

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The public has voted online. All votes have been tallied. The judges have now spoken. Without (much) further ado, we present our list of 2012 Library Blog Award winners, broken down by category and complete with collective musings on what made these eight blogs beat the competition. Continue reading

Dquarium – Where Technology Comes to Talk…to Librarians

Looking for detailed discussions of new technologies, libraries, publishing, and everything in between?  Then check out Dquarium, a collection of audio and video podcasts hosted by Kayhan B., Erin Anderson and Doug Mirams.

From their site:  “Dquarium.com is an Internet network of audio and video podcasts that discusses everything and anything related to digital technology. Dquarium.com produces and creates all-original media content for the viewing and listening pleasure of nano-nerds and gadget-geeks everywhere.”

They have had some great interviews with librarians and those close to libraries on their Bibliotech channel including:

  • Lisa Carlucci Thomas
  • Sue Polanka
  • Marshall Breeding
  • Michael Porter
  • Paul Biba
  • Stephen Abram
  • Buffy J. Hamilton
  • David Lee King
  • Michael Stephens
  • Sarah Houghton

A Guide to Ebook Purchasing – American Libraries

Check out the latest article in American Libraries Magazine (Dispatches from the Field column) about eBook purchasing.  It is a condensed version of a larger piece that will appear in Library Technology Reports Nov/Dec issue, which should be available very soon. Topics include: print to digital, business models, publishers/aggregators/wholesalers, buying through consortia, and evaluating vendors.

Here is the first paragraph and citation info:
A Guide to Ebook Purchasing
By Sue Polanka
Tue, 11/15/2011 – 08:12
American Libraries Magazine

Advice from the author of No Shelf Required on how to flex your library’s purchasing muscle

For those libraries looking to purchase e-books, you are not alone. According to the Library Journal 2011 survey of ebook penetration and use in libraries, 95% of academic, 82% of public, and 44% of school libraries are already offering ebooks, and many more are considering it. For anyone contemplating purchasing ebooks, asking why is the most important question. What are the primary goals of purchasing ebooks in your library or your consortium? Is it to expand the collection or to increase the buying power of a group of libraries? Is it to replace existing print collections, offer new services, or experiment with new business models in the hope of saving money? Whatever the reason, it is imperative to keep one’s goals in mind throughout the process. Buying ebooks is a complicated process. To do it effectively is an even greater challenge due to the many ways to procure ebooks.

No Shelf Required’s two new publications

No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries.  Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name.  These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below.  For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.

The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing.  This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8)  issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon).  Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading

E-Discovering Reference

With the advent of the internet and growing popularity of Wikipedia, traditional library reference tools have experienced a decline in use.  As a result, many reference publishers began producing electronic books or converting traditional print multi-volume titles to online databases.  While this has been a valiant effort, much of the content still goes undiscovered due to limited access from subscription costs, firewalls, passwords, and lack of indexing in search engines.

A new book from IGI Publishing, the first in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) series, discusses the myriad issues with e-reference discovery in libraries.  The 23 chapters explore the topic in academic, public, and school libraries as well as from the publishers perspective.  The book is available in print or e formats.  E formats offer the ability to purchase individual chapters.  The first ALIS newsletter featured the preface and 8 selected chapters from the book. Continue reading

OverDrive adds ALA Editions and Information Today titles to collections

Good news from OverDrive for those librarians seeking professional development titles in eBook format.  OverDrive announced on Sept. 6th that ALA Editions and Information Today are now publishing partners.  ALA Editions is offering 75 titles, which will likely grow.  No word on the number of Information Today titles. Thanks to INFODocket for tweeting this one.

Here’s more from an OverDrive blog post from September 6th, 2011 by Lindsey Levinsohn:

OverDrive’s academic catalog grows even more robust as titles from the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, ALA Editions, and Information Today are added. Continue reading

New Jersey Ebook Summit Summary

Pictured from left to right:  Eli Neiberger, Patricia Tumulty, Mary Minow, Norma Blake, Robert Miller, Sue Polanka, Cheryl O’Connor, Joseph Sanchez, Peggy Cadigan.

Today the NJ State Library, LinbraryLinkNJ- The NJ Library Cooperative, NJ Library Association and the NJLA Reference Section sponsored an E-book Summit in Eatontown, New Jersey.  The line-up of speakers included:

  • Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbor District Library
  • Sue Polanka, Wright State University Library & No Shelf Required
  • Robert Miller, Director of Books, Internet Archive
  • Mary Minow, Attorney, Consultant, and Former Librarian
  • Joseph Sanchez, University of Colorado – Denver Continue reading

Forthcoming audio interviews for NSR – OverDrive, Britannica, ebrary

ALA is a great time to connect with librarians and publishers for audio interviews.  Today I met with Dan Stasiewski at OverDrive to discuss the new OverDrive WIN platform features and Rick Lumsden from Encyclopaedia Britannica to discuss the new Britannica eBook platform.  Tomorrow I’ll be with Matt Barnes of ebrary to discuss the new PDA business model and a recent survey ebrary conducted on downloadable ebooks.  I hope to get these posted early next week. Stay tuned.

Argentine Library Association Conference -eBook Highlights

Today I presented at the Argentine Library Association Conference about ebooks in US Libraries, thanks to an invitation from the American Embassy (in Buenos Aires) Information Resource Center.  I offered information about purchasing and accessing eBooks and about lending eReaders in libraries.  But, I learned quite a bit in return!  For example, no one who attended my presentation (about 80 librarians) offered ebooks in their library.  Also, only 2 of the attendees owned an eReader (one Kindle and one iPad if you are counting).  Why?  There just are not many Spanish language eBooks available for libraries and the format has not become as popular yet.   I expect this will change soon, as more publishers offer eBooks and US publishers move into the South American market. Continue reading