On Sunday I’m headed to Buenos Aires to attend the Buenos Aires International Book Fair, and in particular, the Argentine Library Association Annual Conference. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to learn more about libraries, publishing and eBooks in Argentina and South America. While there, I will be presenting a couple of session on ebooks in US libraries and reference services in academic libraries. I hope to share some of what I learn about ebooks in South America on the blog, particularly information on the US Embassy Information Resource Centers. Stay tuned for more information, photos, and perhaps an audio interview.
Saturday, January 8th, ALA’s Washington Office is presenting, Turning the Page on E-books, a moderated discussion on the challenges and opportunities for libraries and their patrons from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Convention Center, Room 02. Panelists and speakers include: Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive; Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Sources (huge contributor to the COSLA Report); Rich Weingarten, information technology and policy consultant, and Sue Polanka, moderator of No Shelf Required. Come and join the discussion.
Well, I went crazy and bought all the urls, so take your pick. You can view the blog at it’s normal home here at Wright State University (very gracious hosts), or you can choose one of the others. All redirect you to the same great content.
You are cordially invited to the Electronic Resources Management Interest Group ALCTS/LITA meeting at ALA 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
- Program: Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries and End-Users
- Date: Friday, June 25th, 2010
- Time: 4:00pm—5:15pm
- Location: Hilton Washington-Fairchild Room
- Speakers: Aaron Wood, Director of Software Product Management, Alexander Street Press. Former Metadata Librarian and Assistant Head of Technical Services at the University of Calgary and Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries Continue reading ALA Session – Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries, and End-Users
Salem Press has announced its Library Blog Awards. Awards were given in five categories: General Interest, Academic, Public, School and “Quirky” library blogs. First prize in each category is awarded $500, second prize is $250 and third is $100.
In addition, the judges qualified approximately 80 blogs (out of a field of 400) as “notable.” All 400 blogs are included in Salem’s blog directories at www.SalemPress.com/blogs. You’ll also find discussions of judging criteria there (see Blog Thoughts) and short biographies of the judges.
I’m very honored to say that No Shelf Required was awarded first place in the academic category! Thanks blog judges.
For more information, please contact:
Peter W Tobey
Director, Sales & Marketing, Salem Press
I’m way behind on posting links to articles I’ve bookmarked in delicious. There’s been so much activity in the industry these last few weeks that I can’t keep up. So, here is a long list of things I’ve found from the past month.
We’re working on a redesign here at NSR. Please excuse the oddities you may see in the next couple of days. The content in the posts should be consistent, it just the colors, fonts, and images that are a bit off right now.
Greetings loyal (and first time) readers. I’ll be in Hong Kong for the next couple of weeks vacationing and visiting libraries. I hope to share information from my visits here on the NSR blog. So, for the next couple of weeks please enjoy the brief tangent from eBooks and excuse the lack of eBook posts from me. Everybody needs a vacation, right!
If you find eBook news you want to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support, No Shelf Required readers, subscribers, and supporters. We hit a milestone in March with the 10,000th unique visitor to NSR. Clearly, ebooks are a hot topic with this much interest in the blog in less than one year. Let’s keep that interest and conversation going strong. We welcome your comments, posts, ideas, and more. Other NSR stats include: Continue reading No Shelf Required – 10,000 Visitors and Growing
The current NSR poll asks, “is your institution using patron driven acquisition to purchase eBooks.” PDA is a business model, offered by (currently) 3 ebook aggregators – NetLibrary, EBL, and Ingram Digital. In this model, patrons determine which eBooks are purchased based on the eBooks they use. There are many variations to PDA, but each variation does allow for librarians to pre-select groups of titles to choose from, establish budgets, and put controls in place to monitor usage and purchases.
For a more thorough look at PDA, you can read my upcoming Off The Shelf column in Booklist Online. It will be published in the January 1, 2009 issue. ï¿½
Welcome to the new home of No Shelf Required, now hosted at the Wright State University Libraries. Our new address is: http://www.noshelfrequired.com/
You’ll get the same great content, links, and opportunities to post your comments. Please update your feeds with the correct address. Thanks for your participation so far.
I welcome you to participate in a new blog about eBooks. You’ll find a brief overview of the blog, No Shelf Required, below. It is live and available for your comments now. I hope you can join what will be a lively discussion on all aspects of eBooks in libraries. Regards, Sue Polanka
Sue Polanka Head, Reference and Instruction, Paul Laurence Dunbar LibraryWright State University, Dayton, Ohio 45433 937-775-3142 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
No Shelf Required http://noshelfrequired.blogspot.com/
No Shelf Required provides a forum for discussion among librarians, publishers, distributors, aggregators, and others interested in the publishing and information industry. The discussion will focus on the issues, concepts, current and future practices of Ebook publishing including: finding, selecting, licensing, policies, business models, usage (tracking), best practices, and promotion/marketing. The concept of the blog is to have open discussion, propose ideas, and provide feedback on the best ways to implement Ebooks in library settings. The blog will be a moderated discussion with timely feature articles and product reviews available for discussion and comment.
No Shelf Required will be moderated by Sue Polanka, Wright State University. The role of the moderator will be to articulate discussion topics, provide feature articles and product reviews, and ask poignant questions to the group in order to stimulate open discussion and collaborative learning about Ebooks. The moderator will also provide audio content in the form of interviews with librarians and those in the publishing industry.