Searching 2.0

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$72.00
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$ 64.80
Item Number: 
978-1-55570-607-4
Published: 
2009
Publisher: 
ALA Neal-Schuman
Pages: 
337
Width: 
8 12"
Height: 
11"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
  • About the Author
  • Reviews

Here master trainer Michael Sauers applies the super-search strategies he is known for to the latest generation of Web tools. Blogs, RSS, wikis, Flickr, podcasting, mashups, the read/write Web, kartoo, BitTorrent, Google Book Search, the WayBack Machine, visual search engines, folksonomies, Firefox Search Plugins, Del.icio.us.... if you aren't intimately familiar with these tools and how to fully exploit them in your daily reference work, then this book is for you.

Irreverent and fun to read, with a wealth of screen shots, this is a comprehensive guide to searches that make the most of the Web 2.0 environment: from improving basic search skills and evaluating search results to making the best use of search engines, both common and cutting-edge. Sauers reviews each Web 2.0 tool for reliability and appropriateness in different search tasks and shows you how best to organize them for quick access at the reference desk. You (and your patrons, once you show them how) will use Sauers's advanced and special search methods again and again, and Sauers's enthusiasm will have you running from the book to your computer every ten minutes. Exercises in each chapter will help you cement your new knowledge into practical skills.

Michael P. Sauers

Michael P. Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s tenth book, Blogging and RSS: A Librarian’s Guide, Second Edition was published in 2010. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, is past-chair of the Nebraska Library Association’s Information Technology and Access Round Table, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books per year.

"Recommended to academic librarians seeking to brush-up on their knowledge of wide-ranging search mechanisms available on the free web." 

--Journal of Academic Librarianship

"Sauers presents an exciting world full of tools to help librarians easily find and organize their important information ... the information presented in this book, coupled with Sauers's engaging writing style and inherent enthusiasm, not only leaves the reader eager to experiment with all the tools mentioned, but also provides ample justification for using Web 2.0 tools in one's public or academic library services."
--Reference and User Services Quarterly

"A painless and even enjoyable way of joining in and putting new tools into practice ... this book is a practical, well-organized, and easy-to-follow manual for learning new skills ... enthusiastically recommended for the information professional community."
--Journal of the Medical Library Association

"This book is a most valuable collection for any information searcher in the networked era: for Web 2.0 beginners, and for advances users of Web 2.0 .... a book for anyone who wants to try using Web 2.0 tools."
--Online Information Review

"To help reference librarians make sense of these Web tools and incorporate them into their search strategies, Michael Sauers ... has written this comprehensive guide to making the most of searches in today's Web environment."
--Catholic Library World

"This book has something for nearly everyone ... Those who wonder about the usefulness of Web 2.0 for their work will discover several examples, whether in answering reference questions to organizing their own computer."
--Legal Information ALERT

"A very useful resource for anybody who uses the internet on a regular basis, helping them to find a range of information."
--Library and Information Update

"Is this book needed? Yes."
--Information Research

"In addition to the plethora of cool tools that Searching 2.0 profiles, the book contains many helpful features such as screenshots, a generous type size, and effective skill-building exercises."
--Public Libraries

"Recommended for all librarians in need of a good grounding on new search capabilities in Web 2.0."
--Library Journal

"Useful for reference librarians and those who are mentoring Web 2.0 neophytes."
--ITS Newsletter

"For a reference librarian needing a clear map of Web 2.0 concepts as they relate to searching, this can be a handy ready-reference guide through the maze."
--Booklist

"The perplexed will find clear explanations and instructions here, and even those who are at home with Web 2.0 resources will find tips for maximizing their use."
--American Libraries
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