A Hardware and Software Primer for Librarians: What Your Vendor Forgot to Tell You / Edition 1

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Overview

Provides a basic introduction to terminology and concepts—an indispensable tool for librarians who received their training before the current emphasis on technology or directors faced with writing budgets and specifications for technology they understand only as low-end users. The primer discusses hardware down to the level of individual components such as expansion cards, CPUs, memory, and printers, but discusses whole systems as well. The software discussion aims to compare the benefits and features of different operating systems, and addresses integrating hardware and software to match the needs of libraries. A key feature of this work is its glossary, with its jargon-free definitions and ample cross-references. Both the glossary and the main body of the text aim to give the reader a sense of how the terms are actually used in practice, a familiarity that often cannot be obtained from more technical works.

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Editorial Reviews

Public Libraries
The value of the book is that it can complete the education for many users.
Lisca
...offers valuable tips about technologies that are becoming obsolete. This is a highly useful guide for librarians who may be computer users and also a quick resource for definitions and descriptions of new technologies that everyone is trying to learn.
Reference and User Services Quarterly
Paling's Primer provides a greatly needed, readable guide to practicing librarians in the use, planning, and purchase of computers, and should be on the bookshelf of every librarian and educator.
Journal Of Education For Library and Information Science
The author does a nice job of taking a personal computer from 'black box' to a set of identifiable components for the use, without an overwhelming amount of detail.
Reference and Research Book News
Covers hardware and components, operating systems and software, networks and security, and future developments and purchasing.
Electronic Library
A very welcome addition...it would prove very useful for the student or indeed the practitioner who needs to take a quick peek before that next systems meeting.
The Electronic Library
A very welcome addition...it would prove very useful for the student or indeed the practitioner who needs to take a quick peek before that next systems meeting.
Electronic Library
A very welcome addition...it would prove very useful for the student or indeed the practitioner who needs to take a quick peek before that next systems meeting..
LISCA
...offers valuable tips about technologies that are becoming obsolete. This is a highly useful guide for librarians who may be computer users and also a quick resource for definitions and descriptions of new technologies that everyone is trying to learn..
Library Journal
This primer is for librarians and administrators who need to get up to speed with computer technology, both in the IBM-compatible (PC) and the Apple world. However, the add-on nature of PC technology makes this book more useful and necessary for the IBM-compatible library. While not intended as a hands-on manual, the book provides the basic vocabulary and overview needed to plan for and use information technology in the library. Paling (technology services librarian, Emmanuel Coll., and instructor, GSLIS, Simmons Coll.) covers hardware and software, including CPUs (central processing units), motherboards, memory chips, storage devices, monitors, printers, sound cards, scanners, power control devices, operating systems, type of software applications, networks, computer viruses, and network computers. The final chapter provides information on shopping, mostly online, for computer hardware and software. Each chapter ends with a summary. Important terms are italicized in the text, listed at the end of each chapter, and defined in a glossary. Written in a straightforward and nontechnical manner that wont overwhelm the computer anxious, this is for librarians, directors, and library students unfamiliar with or confused by computer jargon.Robert Battenfeld, Southampton Coll. Lib., NY
Booknews
A basic introduction to computing terminology and concepts, for librarians who received their training before such matters had found their way into classrooms, and for managers writing budgets and specifications for technology they understand only as low-end users. Covers hardware and components, operating systems and software, networks and security, and future developments and purchasing. Includes a glossary with no pronunciation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810835726
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Paling teaches in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 I. COMPUTER HARDWARE AND COMPONENTS Chapter 3 1. CPUs and Motherboards Chapter 4 2. Expansion Cards, Slots, and Ports Chapter 5 3. Memory Chapter 6 4. Storage Chapter 7 5. Monitors and Video Cards Chapter 8 6. Printers Chapter 9 7. Sound Cards Chapter 10 8. Optical Scanners Chapter 11 9. Power Control Devices Part 12 II. OPERATING SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE Chapter 13 10. Operating Systems Chapter 14 11. Software Part 15 III. NETWORKS AND SECURITY Chapter 16 12. Networks Chapter 17 13. Computer Viruses Part 18 IV.FUTRUE DEVELOPMENTS AND PURCHASING Chapter 19 14. Network and Low-Cost Computers Chapter 20 15. Going Shopping Part 21 Notes Part 22 Glossary Part 23 Bibliography Part 24 Index Part 25 About the Author

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