CD-ROM Technology: A Manual for Librarians and Educators

CD-ROM Technology: A Manual for Librarians and Educators

by Catherine Mambretti
     
 

The maturity of cd-rom technology now shows a dramatic change in the way librarians and teachers do their jobs. Among their biggest challenges are deciding on equipment requirements and managing the disk collection.

This manual is an understandable step-by-step guide to making the most of cd-rom technology in schools and libraries—from the acquisition of

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Overview

The maturity of cd-rom technology now shows a dramatic change in the way librarians and teachers do their jobs. Among their biggest challenges are deciding on equipment requirements and managing the disk collection.

This manual is an understandable step-by-step guide to making the most of cd-rom technology in schools and libraries—from the acquisition of workstations to purchasing and installing disks. Part 1 gives the nuts and bolts on designing your cd-rom system and developing acquisition strategies. Such topics as hardware requirements, furniture, financial planning, selection criteria, compatibility between systems, copyright issues, and licensing are covered here. Part 2 is a practical guide to managing the cd-rom system, including details on installation of the titles, maintaining hardware and software, and troubleshooting the system. Technical information is provided in Part 3, with information on such matters as configuring the workstations and installing cd-rom titles when the vendor-supplied program fails, and solving common problems associated with dos, Windows, and Macintosh systems.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
one-stop source for help...practical guidance...extensive
Reference & User Services Quarterly
clearly...written...highly recommended
Public Libraries
finally an easy-to-understand guide to CD-ROM technology is available.... Highly recommended
Library Journal
Some puzzling statements are made here, e.g., "a CD-ROM title disc is also literally more durable than a book or magazine." This reviewer begs to differ. Drop a book on the floor, stomp on it, pick it up, and it is still (almost) as good as new, but don't try that with a CD-ROM. And CD-ROMs certainly don't have the proven archival quality of good paper products. Otherwise, there is some good information here. Beginning with the planning and evaluation process for purchasing CD-ROMs and the hardware to use them, Mambretti, president of a multimedia training program development company, continues with advice on installing CD-ROM titles and solving many common problems in various operating systems: DOS, Windows, and Macintosh. Recommended for libraries where CD-ROMs are used, but take the dramatic pronouncements with a grain of salt.--Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary's Univ. Academic Lib., San Antonio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786405015
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Pages:
310

Meet the Author

Catherine Mambretti, president of icon Associates, a multimedia training program development company, is also the author of Internet Technology for Schools (1999). She lives in La Grange, Illinois.

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