Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Neal-Schuman library technology companion : a basic guide for library staff (third edition)

Neal-Schuman library technology companion : a basic guide for library staff, by John J. Burke. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2009.

From the publisher:
Improve performance, boost productivity and stay connected with this quintessential guide to the latest library technology topics and tools. Newly revised to include the most recent advancements in the field, this all-in-one resource will guide you on how to successfully conceptualize, purchase, implement and maintain your library’s invaluable “tech” assets. Booklist’s Editors concluded that the prior edition: “...truly succeeds in elucidating the complexities of library technology and should prove a welcome addition to all libraries.”

Author John J. Burke includes updated sections on computers and networks, software and systems, storage devices, electronic resource references and online searches, and provides expanded coverage of increasingly popular tools including blogs, wikis, MP3s, open source software and distance learning. Burke adds new explanations of social networking, mashups, Second Life and Skype, digital cameras, video cameras and podcasts. There is also a new chapter with suggestions for keeping up with technological developments and locating instructional resources plus a forward-looking exploration of the potential for and composition of a next generation library catalog. An extensive glossary of terms, figures and screenshots are provided to help reinforce concepts and aid with practical application.

This comprehensive resource should be at the top of the list for any current or future library professional looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancement.