The Wild, Wild (mid) West of E-Books

NOTSL Fall 2010 Meeting
The Wild, Wild (mid) West of E-Books
Friday, November 19, 2010
Cuyahoga County Public Library Administration Building

Sue Polanka’s PowerPoint Presentation – Wild, Wild, (mid) West of eBooks

Nichole Merriman’s PowerPoint Presentation – The Ohio eBook Project

Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians is pleased to present a program on issues associated with e-books.   Whether one is selecting, purchasing, cataloging, or providing access to these materials, they present issues different from their print counterparts.  Our keynote speaker, Sue Polanka, author of No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries will discuss opportuntities and challenges associated with e-books, including eBook formats, access to and use of eBook content, eBook readers, digital textbooks, and future directions for eBooks.  Nicole Merriman of the State Library of Ohio will join us through distance technology and share information about the Ohio E-Book Project.  The afternoon will conclude with Jeff Trimble of Youngstown State University discussing the technical services aspects of managing OhioLINK’s e-book collection.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Our Presenters:

Sue Polanka is the moderator of No Shelf Required, a blog about the issues surrounding e‐books for librarians and publishers. NSR received 1st place, academic blog category in the Salem Press Library Blog Awards, 2010. Sue has been a reference and instruction librarian for over 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 edited No Shelf Required: E‐books in Libraries, from ALA Editions and is currently editing a title on eReference discovery and context with IGI Publishing. Sue is a frequent presenter and moderator for library and publishing conferences and webinars and enjoys the opportunity to connect librarians and publishers together to discuss ebooks. Her column on electronic reference, Off The Shelf, appears in Booklist, quarterly.

Nicole Merriman is a graduate of Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science and has worked at the State Library of Ohio for over 15 years. She has worked in various capacities (cataloging, reference, circulation, interlibrary loan) at several types of libraries (public, academic, special). She is currently involved in two statewide resource sharing projects: the Ohio eBook Project and Ohio Libraries Share: MORE.

Jeffrey Trimble has an active career in Library Science for 23 years. He has been a cataloger in his past life and is now involved in systems work. For the past 9 years, he has been the Systems Librarian at Youngstown State and at times the Interim department head of Technical Services there. For a brief moment in his career he left Library Science and worked in one of the largest health care systems as a Systems Analyst in Information Technology. He came to his senses and returned to the library world when employed by Youngstown State University. He currently is involved with several automation projects at YSU and at OhioLINK. He is the Document Editor of the DSpace documentation and a committer to the DSpace Open Repository software project.

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