Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide by Jessamyn C. West, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide

Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide

by Jessamyn C. West
     
 

An easy-to-read and understand guide to the complexities surrounding technology access and adoption that focuses on the ways libraries can help close the digital divide.

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An easy-to-read and understand guide to the complexities surrounding technology access and adoption that focuses on the ways libraries can help close the digital divide.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Librarians who feel lost in the technical revolution will find this book an essential guide to help familiarize themselves with basic computer usage and terms. West explains all elementary concepts in a friendly, sympathetic way. Even the most reluctant librarians, information providers, or users will find confidence in this easy-to-understand primer" - Library Journal, Starred Review
Library Journal
Nontechnical patrons and librarians educated before computers often suffer from "technostress": the fear of, and reluctance to learn, new technologies. Not everyone is online, yet modern life demands computer proficiency. Patrons turn to their public libraries to fill their knowledge void; therefore librarians need to learn enough to teach the most elementary computer concepts. West (community manager, MetaFilter.com), a freelance technology librarian who advises rural libraries in Vermont, explains the bare bones of computers and computer-related technology. She covers all the basics and defines terms so that a library can assess its own tech needs for its particular demographic and can understand how to prepare for teaching classes, knowing basic computer components and the Internet, how to set up an email address, and understand different forms of software. She offers advice on how to troubleshoot and support a library's systems. VERDICT Librarians who feel lost in the technical revolution will find this book an essential guide to help familiarize themselves with basic computer usage and terms. West explains all elementary concepts in a friendly, sympathetic way. Even the most reluctant librarians, information providers, or users will find confidence in this easy-to-understand primer.—Lisa Guidarini, Algonquin P.L., IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598844535
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/06/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jessamyn C. West teaches technology classes in rural Vermont, helps run MetaFilter.com, and is the editor of librarian.net.

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