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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.
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