John J. Burke is Library Director and Principal Librarian for 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. Prior to his current position, he gained a tremendous amount of experience with technology in libraries at the University of Cincinnati–Raymond Walters College (Ohio) and Fairmont State College (West Virginia). John is a past president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) and a recipient of that organization’s Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award. He is the author of several other books, including every edition of The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff. He has presented on a variety of technology topics at conferences hosted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the American Library Association (ALA), the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA) National Forum, and various regional and state conferences.
- About the Author
Carrying over the reorganization that made the fifth edition such a convenient learning resource for students and working professionals alike, the newest edition of this comprehensive library technology primer is timelier and more compelling than ever. Burke's guide should be at the top of the reading list for any current or future library professional looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. Updated with new case studies to illuminate key areas, its incisive coverage includes
- complete analysis of the librarian's technological toolbox for teaching, security, databases, and more;
- expert advice on how to compare and evaluate competing technology solutions;
- social media, streaming media, and educating patrons about digital privacy;
- makerspaces and other technology programing, including virtual and augmented reality technologies;
- technology lending programs;
- open source catalog systems, discovery layers, and related library management systems;
- websites, web-based services, and free information resources;
- copyright and licensing as they pertain to the use of digital materials;
- new technology predictions for the future, with tips on how to stay up to date with the latest developments; and
- a refreshed glossary of useful terms.
Informed by a large-scale survey of librarians across the spectrum of institution types, this guide will be a true technology companion to readers at all experience levels.
Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.
Praise for the fifth edition:
"Technology advances at a startling rate, and this book provides a timely overview of what is taking place in libraries. Whether it's staff using ILL programs or learning about free information options, assisting a patron with setting up a digital projector, or teaching someone how to use social media, library staff are the technocentric community option for all people. This information is essential for keeping libraries vital and this should be required reading for all library staff."
”Useful for any library staff, at any level ... It is an excellent overview of library technology, and it is very thorough yet readable."
— Journal of Hospital Librarianship
"The tips on how to stay current are particularly useful ... Highly recommended to all librarians and staff."
— Public Libraries