It takes a village to run a portal on all things ebooks and econtent. And this village needs to constantly grow. Currently, the site is managed by Mirela Roncevic, editor, writer and literacy advocate 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.
Paul Biba, former Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead, the web’s first and oldest blog about ebooks, elibraries and epublishing. has also joined the team to help bring in more news coverage from other sites and portals focusing on similar issues (in and beyond the United States). He currently provides a curated daily Twitter feed on these topics @paulkbiba and NSR is honored to collaborate with him in publishing his news roundups each Friday.
As NSR continues to expand its horizons, new contributors and partners come on board, including Michael Rogers, who reviews audiobooks and other media. 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.
Lastly, as the portal’s Mission page states, we do not accept sponsorships of any kind and efforts of all NSR contributors are voluntary. We do, however, support initiatives promoting ebooks, digital literacy, and spreading of knowledge and often serve as a media sponsor for projects and events aligned with our goals.