For every librarian who has stumbled into the role of computer geek, this guide by LJ's Computer Media columnist and the author of Teaching the Internet in Libraries (Professional Media, LJ 11/1/01) is an excellent survival tool for doing the job better and more productively. As a relatively young branch of the information science field, systems librarianship suffers from a shortage of library literature devoted to it. Compared with, say, reference librarians or catalogers, systems librarians must depend more on literature from outside the library field and on informal methods of communication such as online discussion lists. To help remedy this problem, Gordon provides a thorough overview of the specialty and a wealth of specific information. Even an accidental systems librarian already has more of the necessary expertise to do the job than he or she realizes. For instance, the author suggests that systems librarians use their organizational knowledge to inventor hardware and software and record licensing information, statistics, and documentation. Library research skills also come in handy when searching for information to solve hardware and software problems. Essential reading for systems librarians, library administrators, and library school students.-Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary's Univ. Lib., San Antonio Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.