Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion

Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion

A Basic Guide for Library Staff

Book - 2013
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Publisher: Chicago :, Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association,, 2013.
Edition: Fourth edition.
ISBN: 9781555709150
Characteristics: xv, 245 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Library technology companion
Contents: What the folks in the trenches know that you should too
The history of information technology in libraries
How to find information on library technologies
Evaluating, buying, and implementing technology
Computers in libraries : desktops, laptops, mobile devices, and office applications
Computer communication in libraries : the Internet, wi-fi, and e-mail
Whither the library catalog? : library systems, discovery layers, and open-source options
Storage devices in libraries : magnetic media and our old friend paper
Library databases and electronic resources : full-text periodicals, e-books, and e-reference collections
The Internet's impact on finding information : A is for Amazon, G is for Google
Web 2.0 and libraries : Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Skype
Meeting and supporting patron technology needs : universal design and adaptive/assistive technology
Library 2.0 and the library : virtual reference, blogs, and usability
How library staff learn and teach : screencasts, distance learning, and learning management systems
Protecting technology and technology users : spam, spyware, and security strips
When things fall apart : troubleshooting tips for every technology user
Building the technology environment : ergonomics, infrastructure, and gaming
Writing a technology plan
Our technological future : Ranganathan meets Googlezon.


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Oct 11, 2017

The 2016 fifth edition is the most current, with a complete reorganization and update of the central kinds of technologies available to us in libraries, and how best to assess their impact on our work.

Cdnbookworm May 12, 2014

This is the 4th edition that I read, and it provides history on technology in general as well as library-specific technology and then moves in the basics of technology knowledge including tips on information sources and evaluation.
Part II takes the reader through computers and other computing devices; general applications; communication from email to wifi, integrated library systems, discovery layers and OPACs; storage devices both current and obsolete; databases and electronic resources; the internet, and web 2.0.
Part III covers using technology, whether supporting patron needs, including accessibility; using 2.0 tools in furthering the library's mandate, or teaching others.
Part IV covers the technology environment from security to troubleshooting, ergonomics to gaming.
The last section takes a peek at the future and how things might develop also covering the elements of a good technology plan.
We all know the problem with books is that they are out of date by the time they make publication and so a few of the future developments are also happening, but that is a minor item. This book has good coverage of the technology side of libraries and is a useful addition to the professional collection.


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