With their explosive sales and widespread availability, the past few years have definitively proven that e-books are here to stay. In this sequel to her best-selling book of the same title, expert Polanka dives even deeper into the world of digital distribution. Contributors from across the breadth of the e-book world offer their perspectives on what s happening now and what to expect in the coming months and years. Included in this invaluable ...
With their explosive sales and widespread availability, the past few years have definitively proven that e-books are here to stay. In this sequel to her best-selling book of the same title, expert Polanka dives even deeper into the world of digital distribution. Contributors from across the breadth of the e-book world offer their perspectives on what s happening now and what to expect in the coming months and years. Included in this invaluable resource are
* Guidelines for performing traditional library processes such as cataloging, weeding, archiving, and managing e-book accessibility for patrons with special needs
* Explorations of topics such as the e-book digital divide and open-access publishing
* Case studies from an array of academic, public, and school libraries, offering firsthand accounts of what works, what doesn t, and why
* Discussions of the emerging model of the electronic-only library and the rich possibilities of enhanced e-books
All librarians will want to familiarize themselves with the wealth of advice in this volume on best practices for use and management of e-books.
Electronic books and their devices have the potential to offer great possibilities, but as equipment and systems are not always compatible with new advancements, those same possibilities can lead to frustration. Polanka compiled a collection of articles covering such essential information as the difference between publishing formats, the potential of enhanced electronic books, and equity of accessibility. Articles also cover issues to be considered when deciding when or how a library may incorporate electronic books or devices into its collection. The big picture is shared, but some of the articles look at specific libraries and their journeys in the electronic book world so that readers may learn from successes and struggles of those experts willing to share their experience. No Shelf Required 2: Use And Management Of Electronic Books follows an equally exceptional No Shelf Required: E-Books In Libraries. Polanka's expertise is evident, as she also writes an award-winning blog covering issues surrounding electronic books, as well as an ongoing article featured in Booklist, "Off the Shelf." For readers not fluent in the lingo and acronyms of the digital library world, authors of articles take time to define but quickly move on, keeping the interest of all. This is an invaluable read for anyone in the library or involved in library decision making. Reviewer: Dianna Geers
Sue Polanka created the award-winning blog No Shelf Required about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers. The blog led to the publication of ALA Editions' No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries in 2011. Polanka is the Head of Reference and Instruction at Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio and the Vice President/President Elect of the Academic Library Association of Ohio. She has served on Booklist's Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board for over ten years, serving as Chair from 2007 to 2010. Her column on electronic reference, "Off The Shelf," appears quarterly in Booklist. She was named a Library Journal 2011 Mover and Shaker for her work with e-books.