For immediate release | September 24, 2010

Fitting e-books into today’s library

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries,” edited by Sue Polanka. With the introduction of e-book readers, the e-book has become mainstream, with recent triple-digit annual increases in sales. But what place do they have in the library? In this volume, Sue Polanka brings together a variety of professionals to share their e-book expertise and provide forward-thinking ideas while remaining grounded in practical information that can be implemented in all kinds of libraries. The topics explored include:

  • An introduction to e-books, the different types and an overview of their history and development;
  • E-book technology: general features of interfaces and e-book readers, best practices for acquisition, data standards and how to track usage;
  • Why e-books are good for learning, and how librarians can market them to a wide range of users, illustrated by case studies and examples.

This title is also available as an eEditions e-book, containing the complete text of the print edition in several different file types readable using a variety of software and devices; as part of a print/e-book bundle; and as a Kindle edition.

Polanka is the moderator of No Shelf Required, a blog about the issues surrounding e-books for librarians and publishers, which won the 2010 Salem Press Library Blog Award for Best Academic Blog. She has been following the e-book phenomenon beginning in 1999, with the introduction of NetLibrary, and continuing through the evolution of online reference sources. She has been a reference and instruction librarian for 20 years at public, state and academic libraries in Ohio and Texas and is currently the head of reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries in Dayton, Ohio. She has served on Booklist’s Reference Books Bulletin Advisory Board for 10 years, functioning as Chair from 2007- 2010 and writes a column for RBB, “Off The Shelf,” discussing electronic reference issues.

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Rob Christopher