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The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion, Fourth Edition: A Basic Guide for Library Staff
John J. Burke
Item Number: 978-1-55570-915-0
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $77.00
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264 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-915-0
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A
“... truly succeeds in elucidating the complexities of library technology and should prove a welcome addition to all libraries.”

The fourth edition of Burke's comprehensive resource, newly revised and updated, is a perfect primer for LIS students and should be at the top of the list for any current or future library professional looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. This all-in-one guide helps readers contribute to improving institutional performance, boost productivity, and stay connected to the latest library technology topics and tools by offering incisive coverage of
  • Library technology basics, with a historical overview providing context, suggested resources for staying up to date, and a chapter on appraising and purchasing equipment and putting systems into operation
  • Technology tools, including computers of all kinds (desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices), office applications, the wireless world, the vast changes and potential of library catalogs and databases, social media, and much more
  • How libraries put technology to work through adaptive/assistive technology, virtual reference, blogs, screencasting, distance learning, and other day-to-day workflow
  • Building and maintaining technology, offering guidance on spam, spyware, security strips, and other dangers of the cyberworld, plus troubleshooting tips for typical technology problems and advice on making technology environments comfortable for users
  • The importance of long-range technology planning and how to take steps to start the planning process

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Part I: Library Technology Basics
Chapter 1. What the Folks in the Trenches Know That You Should Too
Chapter 2. The History of Information Technology in Libraries
Chapter 3. How to Find Information on Library Technologies
Chapter 4. Evaluating, Buying, and Implementing Technology

Part II: Technology Tools for Libraries
Chapter 5. Computers in Libraries: Desktops, Laptops, Mobile Devices, and Office Applications
Chapter 6. Computer Communication in Libraries: The Internet, Wi-Fi, and E-mail
Chapter 7. Whither the Library Catalog? Library Systems, Discovery Layers, and Open-Source Options
Chapter 8. Storage Devices in Libraries: Magnetic Media and Our Old Friend Paper
Chapter 9. Library Databases and Electronic Resources: Full-Text Periodicals, E-books, and E-reference Collections
Chapter 10. The Internet’s Impact on Finding Information: A Is for Amazon, G Is for Google
Chapter 11. Web 2.0 and Libraries: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Skype

Part III: How Libraries Put Technology to Work
Chapter 12. Meeting and Supporting Patron Technology Needs: Universal Design and Adaptive/Assistive Technology
Chapter 13. Library 2.0 and the Library: Virtual Reference, Blogs, and Usability
Chapter 14. How Library Staff Learn and Teach: Screencasts, Distance Learning, and Learning Management Systems

Part IV: Building and Maintaining the Technology Environment in Libraries
Chapter 15. Protecting Technology and Technology Users: Spam, Spyware, and Security Strips
Chapter 16. When Things Fall Apart: Troubleshooting Tips for Every Technology User
Chapter 17. Building the Technology Environment: Ergonomics, Infrastructure, and Gaming

Part V: Where Library Technology Is Going and How to Get There
Chapter 18. Writing a Technology Plan
Chapter 19. Our Technological Future: Ranganathan Meets Googlezon


About the Author

John J. Burke is the director of 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. His past work experience includes service as both systems/public services librarian and program director for a web-based associate’s degree in library technology at the University of Cincinnati–Raymond Walters College and also as a reference and electronic resources librarian at Fairmont State College (West Virginia). A past president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) and past chair of the Southwest Ohio Council on Higher Education (SOCHE) Library Council, he has authored or co-authored nuermous books, including the three previous editions of The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff, IntroNet: A Beginner’s Guide to Searching the Internet, and Learning the Internet: A Workbook for Beginners. He has presented on a variety of technology topics at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and American Library Association (ALA) conferences, the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA) National Forum, and various regional and state conferences.

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