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Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice

Yesterday at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of the acquisition models of eBooks for academic libraries.  We chatted about business models, workflow issues and their opportunities and challenges, the pros and cons of electronic access,and the future of eBooks.  I was pretty busy doing my moderating duties and didn’t get a chance to summarize the program, but luckily some folks at LJ did.  Here is what they had to say: Continue reading Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice

New Book About eBooks in Libraries – Release in August

I’m thrilled to inform you that No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries will be released in late August.  This edited book, published by ALA Editions, discusses a variety of eBook topics for school, public, and academic libraries.  Since I have a bit of clout with the publisher, I’m able to release the TOC and introduction for your review and consideration.  It is below.  Of course, it will be available in a variety of eBook formats, and print too. Continue reading New Book About eBooks in Libraries – Release in August

Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary

This post was reprinted in full from the Points of Reference blog at Booklistonline.com.

Each year at the ALA Annual Conference, Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin sponsors a program to discuss various topics related to reference and reference publishing.  This year RBB’s session focused on the process of creating a reference work, from idea to reality.  The speakers included Casper Grathwohl from Oxford University Press, Rolf Janke from SAGE Reference, and Frank Menchaca from Gale/Cengage.  The session was moderated by Sue Polanka, Chair of the RBB Editorial Board.  Each panelist provided a 15 minute presentation on a particular aspect of the publishing process and a general Q/A followed.  I’ll summarize the comments of each panelist below. Continue reading Reference Works From Idea to Reality – ALA Session Summary

Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) Meeting Summary – ALA Conference

Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing.  The ALA Annual meeting was no exception.  A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, “how did we get here?”  A panel of librarians, LIS instructors, reference contributors, and wholesalers, organized by Peter Tobey at Salem Press, presented some thoughts and challenges for reference content and reference publishing.  A summary of these comments is below.  The panelists included:  Buffy Hamilton, a teacher/librarian from Creekview H.S. in Canton, GA and blogger at The Unquiet Librarian and 1/4 blogger for Libraries and Transliteracy;  Sue Polanka (me);  Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean of the Madden Library, CSU – Fresno;  Bernadette Low, a frequent contributor to reference content from the Community College of Baltimore City;  William Taylor, Manager, Continuations iSelect (R) and Standing Orders at Ingram Content Group;  and Jessica Moyer, a doctoral candidate in literacy education at the U of Minnesota and instructor of a MLIS reference course. Continue reading Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) Meeting Summary – ALA Conference

ALA Program – Reference Works from Idea to Reality

If you’re going the ALA Annual Conference later this month, mark your calendar for the for the Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin program “Reference Work from Idea to Reality.”
How does an idea turn into a reference book–or a reference database? Some heavy-hitters from reference publishing will discuss the process from initial concept to publication and beyond.

Panelists: Caspar Grathwohl, Oxford University Press; Rolfe Janke, SAGE Reference; Frank Menchaca, Gale/Cengage Learning. Moderator: Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

Monday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m
Washington Convention Center 146C

ALA Session – Challenges of Implementing eBooks for Publishers, Libraries, and End-Users

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

LJ Webinar – Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery

WEBCAST NAME:Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery
SPONSORED BY: Credo Reference and Library Journal
EVENT DATE: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 – 2:00 PM EDT Time – 60 minutes

Register Online – It’s FREE Continue reading LJ Webinar – Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery

4 Principles for E-book Discovery & Visability

Here is another blog post from Sylvia Miller, Director of “Publishing the Civil Rights Movement” at the University of North Carolina Press, summarizing a Charleston Conference presentation.  It is reprinted with permission.  (Thanks Sylvia, you are making my job easy!)

At the Charleston Conference, I attended an all-day preconference workshop on e-books organized by Sue Polanka of Wright State University (who runs the blog No Shelf Required), Carolyn Morris of Coutts Information Services, and Janet Fischer of Publishers Communication Group, Inc. I was especially impressed with the final talk of the day, given by Anh Bui of HighWire Press, Stanford University–probably because she said things that support the ideas in our Long Civil Rights Movement online pilot!
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Charleston eBook Preconference – eBook standards session

Yesterday at the Charleston Conference we hosted a preconference on eBooks, titled “eBooks: Not just another binding.”  Carolyn Morris from Coutts, James Galbraith from OCLC, Janet Fischer from PCG Industries, and Sue Polanka from Wright State University organized the preconference.  There were 5 sessions on a variety of topics.  The discussion was great, questions were thought provoking, and feedback was excellent.  A great big thanks to all of our speakers for sharing their time and expertise.

The presentations from the sessions will be posted here on the NSR blog.  The first session was on eBook standards, presented by Emilie Delquie of PCG and Randy Petway of Publishing Technologies.  Their presentations are attached below.  Contact information for each speaker is in the slides.

Session 1 – eBook Standards

Our speakers will examine ebook standards from an industry and library perspective, specifically: What standards exist? What standards should exist? What librarians want in the way of ebook standards.

Emilie Delquie, Head of Research, Publishers Communication Group presentation

Randy Petway, Exec Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Publishing Technology presentation

Last chance for Charleston eBook preconference

If you are headed to Charleston next week and have Wednesday free, please consider attending the preconference.  The full program is listed here. Summaries/highlights will be posted to the blog after the event.

EBOOKS:  NOT JUST ANOTHER BINDING
XXIX CHARLESTON CONFERENCE – ISSUES IN BOOK AND SERIAL ACQUISITION
CHARLESTON, SC, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009:

eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing ebooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: ebook standards, such as epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; ebook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans and catalog records; ebook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding the discoverability and visibility of ebooks.
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eBook Standards – summary of NISO/BISG program

Last Friday at ALA I was part of a NISO/BISG panel on the changing standards landscape.  There were many speakers, each discussing various aspects of eBook standards like business models, ISBNs, epub, DRM, and the standards and features needed by librarians (which was my part).  I’ve summarized my presentation here and would welcome additional suggestions and ideas from librarians.  Sue Continue reading eBook Standards – summary of NISO/BISG program

Booklist launches new reference blog

CHICAGO—Booklist Online announces the addition of Points of Reference to its growing family of blogs. Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts from academic, public and school libraries post about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services. Continue reading Booklist launches new reference blog

ALA Program -Rethinking the Reference Collection

Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin: Rethinking the Reference Collection
ALA PUBLISHING
McCormick Place West W-179
Monday, July 13, 2009, 10:30 – 12:00

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Interview with Sue in Against the Grain

I just got my hands on the April 2009 issue of Against the Grain, and lo and behold an interview with NSR’s Sue Polanka.  The interview was done by Dennis Brunning from Arizona State University in his cheeky style and is followed by his humorous interview with Kindles 1 and 2.  The article is not available online, so here are some highlights. Continue reading Interview with Sue in Against the Grain

Reference Publishers Debate Single Platform

On the Friday of the ALAMW Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group met for a panel presentation/discussion on using one single platform to host all reference content.  It was an interesting discussion.  I’ve summarized the panel in my notes below.

Independent Reference Publishers Group Meeting

Friday, January 23, 2009

Representatives from the following organizations were in attendance: Choice, CQ Press, Omnigraphics, Sharpe, ifactory, Sage, Salem, Neal Schumann, ABC-CLIO, Rosen, Credo Reference, Serials Solutions, NISO, Booklist, CHOICE, Wright State University.

The theme of this meeting and panel discussion was instituting a single platform for electronic reference content. Sue Polanka from WSU started things off with her wish list and each publisher had a chance to respond.

Sue Polanka – Wright State University

One day I’d like to purchase/license all of my reference content, regardless of publisher, and load it on the platform of my choice for the best cross searching available. This platform could be an existing one, like GVRL, Credo, ebrary, EBL, NetLibrary, etc. or some shareware, something developed by libraries. Benefits to patrons and librarians include: Greater access, more content, single search interface for ease of use and discoverabilty, easy to implement in library instruction and on web sites. These systems need to have unlimited simultaneous use, 24/7 access, with no DRM or other restrictions on downloading or printing, the most multimedia available during today’s expensive economic times and an actual ebook price, up front, would be appreciated.

Todd Carpenter – NISO

One platform has barriers to interoperability and they are bigger than technological, as in political and economic. [barriers shouldn’t prevent us from trying to do this. IRPG would be a good venue to discuss this. Seems like publishers would want to do this for reasons of – more exposure, and less cost of producing pricey interfaces – has anyone ever heard of epub or the IDPF? SP]

Peter McCracken – Serials Solutions

Federated products are often a starting point for research and therefore have an opportunity to have a reference role. The current design doesn’t work best for the patron since they get mostly articles. Somehow relevance needs to be a factor to assign tags to reference and get them to the top. We need to use field mapping more effectively. [I prefer a pre-indexed approach since federated products tend to be slow. Publishers/aggregators should take advantage of all metadata and tag reference items appropriately. If federated products are used, the reference content should be faceted as “overview material” or “background information.” SP]

Rolf Janke – Sage Reference

Publishers still have an infrastructure that supports print publishing.  The infrastructure is a difficult component to downsize in favor of doing more digital publishing. Print is a one size fits all model yet e publishing is not so, publishers have a multitude of business models, interfaces, features, etc.  The concept of a one size fits all platform for all publishers content is way ahead of its time, publishers currently could never agree on a standard business model. Pricing standards could help, but are not likely. [Gee, these must be the political and economic barriers that Todd was referring to? Looks like publishers could learn about collaboration from libraries. SP]

Ron Boehm – ABC-CLIO

Publishers need to invest in new things while maintaining our print production, which is expensive for publishers, particularly in these bad economic times. Right now we need to do both [e and p] or we would lose half of our business. The best strategy for ebooks is to have unlimited access. Ron supports the idea of publishers working with multiple aggregators or distributors to have reference content available in a multitude of platforms, but doesn’t recommend the libraries/consortia maintain their own platform. [Ditto on unlimited access and multiple aggregators. OhioLINK has been maintaining its own platforms for years. It’s a great system when you want to make enhancements and don’t have to wait on other companies or the majority of users to agree. SP]

Future of Reference Publishing – Panel Summary

A View From the Top Panel, ALA Annual Conference John Barnes, Rolf Janke, Sue Polanka, Michael Ross, Casper Grothwohl

For those of you unable to attend the ALA Panel – The Future of Reference Publishing:  A View from the Top, there is a summary of the program available on Booklist Online.

We encourage comments, questions, and discussion on the blog.

A View From the Top Panel at ALA

A View From the Top Panel, ALA Annual Conference

Here’s a snapshot from the ALA Presentation – A View from the Top.

Left to right:

John Barnes, Gale/Cengage, Rolf Janke, Sage, Sue Polanka, WSU, Michael Ross, Britannica, Casper Grathwohl, Oxford

To start the session, each of the panelists was asked:

Will we have reference in 10-15 years?  If so, what will it look like?

Their responses were:

John Barnes – Yes, but in a different form – digital and more interactive.  The transformation is already happening. The first step is to get our collections online, which we are doing now.  This might help to ease the “if it isn’t online it doesn’t exist” philosophy of researchers

Rolf Janke – Yes, but google and other web based vendors might share the stage with us. 5 years ago google was a threat, now they are partners.

Michael Ross  – Yes, but the vocabulary will change. We won’t have collections or series, ‘search’ will become ‘find,’ and there will be more birthing of products online.  Reference will need to become unbound – in a more transparent environment that address the needs of a variety of people.

Casper Grathwohl – We are not dying, we are knowledge factories. All of us, including Wikipedia, have a place in the environment. The information is there, we need to determine how to define it and add value to it, and there is no lack of ideas on which direction to go.

ALA Program – The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View From the Top

Headed to Anaheim?  Mark your calendars for this not to miss event:

2008 ALA Annual, Anaheim
Monday, June 30, 2008 10:30 – 12:00
Anaheim Convention Center 204B
Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) sponsored program:

The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top.

Top managers from reference publishing share their views about planning for tomorrow in a digital age and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Speakers:
John Barnes, Exec. V.P. Marketing and Strategic Planning, Gale/Cengage
Casper Grathwohl, V.P. and Publisher, Oxford University Press
Rolf Janke, VP/Publisher, SAGE Reference
Michael Ross, Sr. V.P. Corporate Development, Encyclopedia Britannica

Moderator:
Sue Polanka, Chair, Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board

Join the new eBook blog

Dear Collegues,
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 sue.polanka@wright.edu spolanka@gmail.com

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.

ALA Program – The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing

2008 ALA Annual, Anaheim
Monday, June 30, 2008 10:30 – 12:00
Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) sponsored program:

The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top.

Top managers from reference publishing share their views about planning for tomorrow in a digital age and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Speakers:
John Barnes, Exec. V.P. Marketing and Strategic Planning, Gale/Cengage
Casper Grathwohl, V.P. and Publisher, Oxford University Press
Alison Mudditt, Executive Vice President, Higher Education Group, SAGE Publications
Michael Ross, Sr. V.P. Corporate Development, Encyclopedia Britannica

Moderator:
Sue Polanka, Chair, Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board