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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marcia Klinger Henry, MLS (California State University, Northridge)
Description: This is a collection of essays written by medical librarians on Virtual Reference Services, RSS, Pod casts, Streaming Videos, Social Networking, Drupal, a content management program, Wikis, and Mashups. This is a monographic supplement to Medical Reference Services Quarterly 26, Supplement #1, 2007.
Purpose: The editor and the contributing authors describe web technologies, offering many examples to help their readers identify new ways to be more relevant to their patrons. Although there are many examples relevant to medical libraries, especially academic medical libraries, this collection of essays is a good overview for anyone with an interest in web 2.0 technologies.
Audience: The intended audience includes both medical reference librarians and librarians working in all types of libraries.
Features: The contributing authors, with their collective health sciences librarianship experiences, along with the extraordinary editing help of M. Sandra Wood, offer a well written overview of web 2.0 technologies with specific examples, histories, and projections for various applications. Chapters have a summary, introduction, overview, and conclusion and cover a wide variety of web 2.0 technologies that have been and are being offered in reference services in all types of libraries.
Assessment: The authors all offer clear writing styles which contribute to the success of this book. This excellent collection of essays is a unique overview of the Internet in reference services by highly qualified medical librarians with diverse backgrounds.