Keeping Current: Advanced Internet Strategies to Meet Librarian and Patron Needs

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0864-8
Published: 
2003
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
136
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
  • About the Author

Keeping up with the ever-growing Web, along with professional resources and information for customers, can be an overwhelming challenge for busy librarians. Combine that with the fact that up to 60 percent of web data is "invisible" to search engines, and suddenly staying current seems like a losing battle, without enough hours in the day. What if you could keep current in one hour per day or less? What if you didn't have to surf? What if the information you selected proactively arrived in your inbox? What if you had effective sorting and saving tools to capture your preferred portion of this flood of data? Illustrating ways to overcome the daunting deluge of information, author and librarian Steven Cohen shows you how to use all the new cool tools. An early adapter and passionate proponent of cutting-edge technology to access and organize information, Cohen is the librarian's very own web guy search engine. Keeping Current offers expert guidelines by:

  • Providing information strategies and tips and tools that are easy to use
  • Uncovering methods that dig into the "invisible web" to bring to light sources not found by traditional search engines
  • Revealing the pros and cons of website monitoring software
  • Addressing ways to use weblogs and news search engines
  • Exploring RSS (Rich Site Summary) feeds that bring content from multiple sites to your desktop
  • Evaluating the currency of these technological and informational tools

Complete with insightful evaluations of software and products that help librarians do their jobs better, easier, and faster, this practical guide supports reference librarians, as well as subject specialists in public, special, school, and academic libraries. Administrators and circulation and technical services librarians will welcome the useful professional development resources.

Steven M. Cohen

Steven M. Cohen is currently assistant librarian at Rivkin Radler, LLP, the largest law firm on Long Island. There he created Lib-Portal for library staff and attorneys to use as a homepage to save time searching the Web and accessing databases. He is also the creator, webmaster, and writer for Librarystuff.net, a daily weblog of library-related news and websites for keeping current. He has authored numerous articles in professional law librarian journals and serves as editor of Internet Spotlight column in Public Libraries magazine. He holds his MLS from Queens College.

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