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The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion, Fifth Edition: A Basic Guide for Library Staff
John J. Burke
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1382-6
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $80.00
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232 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1382-6
Year Published: 2016
AP Categories: A, C, I

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In its new fifth edition, which has been completely updated and reorganized, this one-stop overview of all technologies used in libraries today is more comprehensive and compelling than ever. The perfect primer for LIS students, Burke’s guide should also be at the top of the list for any current or future library professional looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. It gives readers a sound and sensible way to consider, access, and use library technologies to better meet the needs of library users. Its incisive coverage includes
  • complete analysis of the librarian’s technological toolbox for teaching, security, databases, and more;
  • expert advice on how to compare and evaluate competing technology solutions;
  • mobile devices and technology, social media, streaming media, and privacy;
  • makerspaces and other technology programing;
  • updated content on open source catalog systems, discovery layers, and related elements of library management systems;
  • a new section on learning management systems (LMS);
  • websites, web-based services, and free information resources;
  • improved guidance on usability;
  • new technology predictions for the future, with tips on how to stay up to date with the latest developments; and
  • a glossary of useful terms.
Informed by a large-scale survey of librarians across the spectrum of institution types, this guide will be a true technology companion to novices and seasoned LIS professionals alike.
Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Part I        Library Technology in Context

Chapter 1    The Universe of Library Technology
Chapter 2    Survey Says. . .: How Library Staff Members Are Using Technologies

Part II        Mission-Critical Technologies

Chapter 3    Free Information Resources: Part of the Library Arsenal
Chapter 4    Library Electronic Resources: E-books, Full-Text Articles, and Streaming Media
Chapter 5    Organizing Information to Make It Easier to Find: Library Catalogs, Discovery Layers, and More
Chapter 6    Computing Devices in Libraries: Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, and Mobile Devices

Part III    Technology That Makes Library Services Run

Chapter 7    Library Websites and Web Services
Chapter 8    Social Networking and Patron Participation: Marketing and More
Chapter 9    How Library Staff Learn and Teach: Screencasts, Distance Learning, and Learning Management Systems
Chapter 10    Makerspaces and Libraries

Part IV    Building and Maintaining the Technology Environment in Libraries

Chapter 11    The Right Technology at the Right Time: Planning, Evaluating, Buying, and Implementing Technology
Chapter 12    Meeting and Supporting Patron Technology Needs: Universal Design and Adaptive/Assistive Technologies
Chapter 13    Building the Technology Environment: Infrastructure, Ergonomics, and Sustainability
Chapter 14    Protecting Technology and Technology Users: Securing Collections, Enhancing Computer Security, and Protecting Privacy
Chapter 15    The Death of Technologies: Preservation Issues and Saying Good-Bye

Part V        Where Library Technology Is Going and How to Stay Informed

Chapter 16    Our Technological Futures: Maintaining Library Services in Infinite Possibilities
Chapter 17    Keeping Track of Technology Changes


About the Author

John J. Burke
is Library Director and Principal Librarian for the Gardner-Harvey Library on the Middletown regional campus of Miami University (Ohio). He holds an MS in library science from the University of Tennessee and a BA in history from Michigan State University. Prior to his current position, he gained a tremendous amount of experience with technology in libraries at the University of Cincinnati–Raymond Walters College (Ohio) and Fairmont State College (West Virginia). John is a past president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) and a recipient of that organization’s Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award. He is the author of several other books, including four previous editions of The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff. He has presented on a variety of technology topics at conferences hosted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the American Library Association (ALA), the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA) National Forum, and various regional and state conferences.

"Technology advances at a startling rate, and this book provides a timely overview of what is taking place in libraries. Whether it's staff using ILL programs or learning about free information options, assisting a patron with setting up a digital projector, or teaching someone how to use social media, library staff are the technocentric community option for all people. This information is essential for keeping libraries vital and this should be required reading for all library staff."

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