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Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries: A LITA Guide
Rene J. Erlandson & Rachel A. Erb
Item Number: 978-1-55570-858-0
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $60.00
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160 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-858-0
Year Published: 2013
For those working in a small library, particularly one that may have little technical support, a foundational knowledge of technology is crucial. Written for librarians, library staff, and administrators at libraries serving populations of 15,000 or less, this LITA guide shows how to successfully develop, implement, sustain, and grow technology initiatives. The contributors draw from personal experience in rural libraries and regional state university libraries to offer guidance for making sound technology decisions. Whether looking for a quick answer or starting an in-depth technology project, readers will quickly find basic information on the full range of library technology, organized into chapters with numerous headings for easy scanning. Topics include
  • An overview of library technology basics
  • Electronic resource fundamentals, including a look at licensing issues
  • Webpage development, Open-source (OS) applications, and a six-step plan for social media and social networking
  • How to create and sustain an effective technology strategy

Table of Contents

Preface by Rene J. Erlandson

Part I Library Technology Basics

Chapter 1
Technology Plan Fundamentals 
by Rene J. Erlandson

Chapter 2
Hardware and Software 
by Rene J. Erlandson

Chapter 3
by Scott Childers

Chapter 4
Integrated Library Systems 
by Rachel A. Erb

Part II e-Resources

Chapter 5
Fundamentals of Electronic Resources 
by Rachel A. Erb

Chapter 6
Licensing Electronic Resources 
by Rachel A. Erb

Part III The Virtual Library

Chapter 7
Web Page Development 
by Rene J. Erlandson

Chapter 8
Social Media and Social Networking 
by Rene J. Erlandson

Chapter 9
Open-Source Applications 
by Rachel A. Erb

Chapter 10
Digital Collections 
by Nicci Westbrook

Chapter 11
Finding Help and Keeping Up with Changing Technology in Libraries 
by Rene J. Erlandson

About the Authors

About the Authors

Rene J. Erlandson is the director of virtual services at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) libraries, with oversight of computer systems, digital asset management, digital collection development, electronic resource management, emerging technologies, library systems, network infrastructure, and Web development. Prior to joining the University of Nebraska faculty, she worked at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Iowa State University for two decades. As the senior cataloger and project coordinator for the Library of Congress-administered Illinois Newspaper Project at UIUC, she visited many small libraries throughout the state of Illinois and was often consulted on technology questions by librarians working in those libraries.

Rachel A. Erb has been working in technical services for over a decade with substantial experience in cataloging materials of various formats and in managing integrated library systems. She recently transitioned to focusing on electronic resources and is now the electronic resources management librarian at Colorado State University (CSU). She is familiar with the challenges solo practitioners face because most of her professional experience consists of working in either rural settings with limited resources or regional state universities. She has also written several case studies of technical services operations in these environments.

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