While librarians are affected by technology in every aspect of their jobs, they are often unfamiliar with—even unaware of—new developments. Yet taking advantage of these technologies enhances the library experience for patrons, makes librarians' jobs far easier, and their days more productive.
In this valuable book, 11 chapters each overview a technology of interest to librarians working in the field today.
From cloud computing to data curation to open-source software, the world of technology offers great opportunity—and potential frustration. Nancy Courtney and her team of IT experts have set out to enhance the former and alleviate the latter. More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian follows up on Courtney’s 2005 technology volume by tackling the most recent advances in IT. Each chapter describes a technology important to the library field, explains how it works in terms a non-IT professional can understand, and describes its uses.
The essays in More Technology for the Rest of Us are not meant to make readers experts, but to provide a basic introduction to some of the current technologies impacting libraries and their patrons. Articles are brief and clearly written, and computer jargon is defined and explained. Each chapter lists references for further information, and there is a selected bibliography and glossary at the end of the book.
• 11 chapters explain technology topics of interest to librarians
• Contributors are IT librarians from academic and public libraries
• Each chapter offers both print and online resources for further information
• A glossary of terms clarifies library technology topics discussed in the book
• A selected bibliography also enables further research
• Offers librarians a basic understanding of IT terms and processes that may be unfamiliar
• Improves overall technological literacy for library school students and practicing librarians who are not information technology professionals
• Will help librarians communicate more effectively with systems personnel, IT users, and funding authorities