For immediate release | January 9, 2012

Sue Polanka’s new volume on using and managing electronic books

CHICAGO — With their explosive sales and widespread availability over the past few years, e-books have definitively proven that they’re here to stay. In “No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Electronic Books,” the sequel to her best-selling book of the same title published by ALA Editions, expert Sue Polanka dives even deeper into the world of digital distribution. Contributors from across 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 and archiving, as well as advice on 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.

Polanka created the award-winning blog No Shelf Required about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers. The blog led to the ALA Editions' book “No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries” in 2011. Polanka is the head of reference and instruction at the 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 more than 10 years and was chair from 2007–2010. 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.

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