It takes a village to run a portal on all things ebooks and econtent. And this village needs to constantly grow. Currently, the portal is managed by Mirela Roncevic, professional editor, writer, and ebook and digital content expert with a long history in publishing and libraries. And a bunch of other individuals are helping along the way, regularly or on occasion.
Many years ago, No Shelf Required functioned as a blog managed solely by Sue Polanka, an academic librarian from Wright State University (OH), who was instrumental in transforming the coverage of ebooks in libraries. The blog quickly became THE site on all things ebooks for librarians of all walks of life: public, school, and academic. During this time, Mirela was covering ebooks for Library Journal. As fate would have it, the two women would meet at an ALA conference (in Anaheim, CA, if memory serves) and the rest would quickly become history.
Sue and Mirela would eventually join forces on several initiatives: write/edit a book together on e-reference, co-edit a quarterly journal for ALA, and collaborate on keeping No Shelf Required the source of trusted reporting on all things ebooks and econtent.
Sue remains a contributor to NSR, while Mirela continues to expand its coverage in all sorts of directions. What once was a blog ‘housed’ at Wright State University in Ohio is now a portal covering ebook and econtent news not just in the United States but around the world and serving as a repository of not just press releases but also book reviews, opinion pieces by industry insiders, and promotions of initiatives raising awareness of the benefits of ebooks and digital literacy.
As NSR continues to expand its horizons, new contributors and partners come on board, including Michael Rogers, a regular columnist for NSR (see This week in Literature and Arts) who also reviews audiobooks and other media, and Ari Sigal, who reviews free resources online in his weekly Free Content Alert posts. NSR is also in an exclusive partnership with BlueInk Review and highlights reviews of independently published ebooks, selected for NSR by BlueInk editors each Wednesday.
In 2016, NSR expanded its mission to inspire professionals inside inside the library industry to do more with ebooks and econtent outside libraries and embarked on groundbreaking projects (in cooperation with vendors and various partners) that challenge all that we think we know is possible with ebooks. In 2016, NSR sponsored the world’s first attempt to turn an entire country into an open virtual library (see Lessons from Croatia Reads).
If you are interested in sponsoring NSR’s published content, which reaches ebook and digital content professionals around the world, or partner with NSR to launch groundbreaking ebook initiatives challenging the status quo, please contact the Editorial Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mirela Roncevic, Editorial Director
- Sue Polanka, Founder & Contributor
Michael Rogers, Columnist and Media Reviewer
Ari Sigal, Contributing Writer & Research Librarian