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"[T]his book is worth the price as a quick introduction and a guide to the jargon. Worth a look."
"A smattering knowledge of HTML is no longer enough for librarians to call themselves high tech. So, if you find that you are now low tech, or were never high tech to begin with, you should consider this book, which developed out of the successful 2004 seminar Technology for the Rest of Us: What Every Librarian Should Understand About the Technologies That Affect Us, coordinated by editor Courtney, head of Information Services at Ohio State University. The essays here are not meant to make you an expert but to give you a basic introduction to some of the current technologies impacting libraries and their patrons, including computer networks, wireless networks, network security, OpenURL, RFID (radio frequency identification), blogs and RSS, XML, Open Archive Initiatives Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, local digital repositories, adaptive or assistive technology, and digital image management. The contributors include recognizable names in the library technology area, and most have published and presented in the field. Only one of the essays has been previously published. The articles are brief and clearly written, and computer jargon is defined and explained. Each chapter lists references for further information for both print and online resources, and there is a selected bibliography and glossary at the end of the book. Recommended for low-tech librarians looking for a good introduction to the above topics."
"Today's librarianship encompasses technology, so guidance on emerging developments is welcome. This volume of essays or representative technologies arose from a seminar on the topic for academic librarians, and it reflects academic practice most closely in terms of the technologies mentioned and the depth of coverage."