THE TECH SET® #11-20 is also available.
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Winner of the 2011 Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature
These practical, fast-paced field guides cover today’s hottest new technologies for information professionals. Edited by sought-after educator, emerging-technology information consultant, and librarian Ellyssa Kroski, these start-to-finish primers will have you ready to implement all the essential technologies and tools you need to deliver outstanding new services and remain relevant in the digital age.
All ten TECH SET® titles follow a clear five-step learning approach to make new concepts easy to implement in your library:
Learn how to integrate cutting-edge technology with library services
Because you’ll receive time-saving step-by-step coaching from your Tech Set author, you’ll have time to learn new skills and complete current tasks.
Plan and implement a new Web 2.0 technology today
Because THE TECH SET® is written by librarians and for librarians, you don’t have to go it alone in mapping out the ways to actually use new Web 2.0 technology in your library. With an outline of implementation steps and a planning timeline you’ll have a clear path to follow as you launch new services.
Apply the social marketing techniques used by the pros
Have you ever launched a new service or capability only to find it undiscovered or under used? Your TECH SET® author will coach you through proven outreach tactics to attract and satisfy new users. Learn new ways to integrate new Web 2.0 technologies into your library's current marketing approach and discover innovative new ways to increase your libraries visibility and presence in the community.
Follow best practices established by library innovators
You don’t need to spend hours on research. TECH SET® authors give you a complete roundup of best practices to increase your library’s success rate and speed you towards realizing the Web 2.0 service benefits. With this inspiration, they enable you to focus instead on emulating then adapting best practices to the unique needs of your library customers. THE TECH SET® will provide you with a quick-reference source of answers for years to come.
Measure your success
Where’s the payoff? THE TECH SET® provides ways to measure results and demonstrate them to library administrators who may be skeptical. There is nothing better than a well-documented and measurable success story to attract more users and more funding.
Every title is accompanied by author wikis
packed with new advice and recommended resources. Plus you can hear these gurus’ own words by listening to TECH SET® podcasts, where authors discuss their books, current research, and the latest developments in their fields.
Invest in THE TECH SET® and gain ten personal technology coaches right in your library. THE TECH SET® 1-10 includes:
Next-Gen Library Catalogs (THE TECH SET® #1)
, by Marshall Breeding
Effective Blogging for Libraries
(THE TECH SET® #10)
, by Connie Crosby
About the Authors
is manager of information systems at the New York Law Institute as well as a writer, educator and international conference speaker. Author of Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals
, she is a frequent presenter on new tech trends, digital strategy, and libraries. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute and blogs at iLibrarian.
The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
, a division of ALA, educates, serves and reaches out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.
"Each of these books applies a user-friendly, five-step approach to understanding and utilizing one of 10 prevalent and potentially transformative technological trends in today's libraries."
"Individual titles cover microblogging, wikis, gaming, and more, and present a five-step approach to 'the entire life cycle of these initiatives,' not just raising staff awareness but also planning and implementing library services. Written by some of the best-known names in the field, each book has a companion wiki and author podcast."
"This set will most likely appeal to system administrators, webmasters, and electronic resource librarians; however, anyone involved in planning future library services and initiatives would surely benefit as well. Whether acquired individually or as a set -- and regardless of library type or size -these books will become well-thumbed, dog-eared references for anyone charged with determining or implementing the next generation of patron services."
"Editor Ellyssa Kroski has gathered together leaders in the library information technology field to share their knowledge and expertise with us in a must have TECH SET series. This series will answer almost any question a librarian can have about such emerging technologies as mobile computing, next generation catalogs, gaming, microblogging and so much more."
--Michelle Frisque, President, Library and Information Technology Association and Head, Information Systems, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
"Editor Ellyssa Kroski has assembled a who's who of notable experts.... The titles are well-researched, clearly explained by a cadre of library technologists, offering tips and tricks for diving into blogging, gaming, video production, and more. This set will be a valued addition to any librarian's toolkit for planning emerging technologies."
--Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University
"Info pros can sense Kroski's careful compilation of hot topics and trending technologies by notable experts on timely topics ... For those curious about the best practices on using library technologies, The TECH SET is an excellent collection offering expert insight on everything ranging from library catalogs to integrating social networking tools in library services."
--Information World Review