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Semantic Web Technologies and Social Searching for Librarians (THE TECH SET® #20)
Robin M. Fay and Michael P. Sauers
Item Number: 9781555707804
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $59.95
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This title is also available for purchase as part of THE TECH SET® #11-20.

128 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 9781555707804
Year Published: 2012

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There are trillions of bytes of information within the web, all of it driven by behind-the-scenes data. Vast quantities of information make it hard to find what’s really important. Here’s a practical guide to the future of web-based technology, especially search. It provides the knowledge and skills necessary to implement semantic web technology. You’ll learn how to start and track trends using social media, find hidden content online, and search for reusable online content, crucial skills for those looking to be better searchers. The authors explain how to explore data and statistics through WolframAlpha, create searchable metadata in Flickr, and give meaning to data and information on the web with Google’s Rich Snippets. Let Robin M. Fay and Michael P. Sauers show you how to use tools that will awe your users with your new searching skills.
About the Authors

Robin M. Fay is Head of Database Maintenance for the University of Georgia Libraries. A frequent guest lecturer and teacher, her areas of interest are metadata, semantic web, and social media. You can visit her website at

Michael P. Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s tenth book, Blogging & RSS: A Librarian’s Guide, Second Edition was published in 2010. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, is past-chair of the Nebraska Library Association’s Information Technology and Access Round Table, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books per year.

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