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           Neal-Schuman recently released The Tech Set, a series of 10 compact books         Faculty and Students
        edited by Ellyssa Kroski and written by various luminaries in the world of mod-         New from ALA Editions comes
        ern library technology. Each of these books applies a user-friendly, five-step       Building Bridges: Connecting
        approach to understanding and utilizing one of 10 prevalent and potentially          Faculty, Students, and the Col-
        transformative technological trends in today’s libraries.                            lege Library (ISBN: 978-0-8389-
           The first book in the set is Next-Gen Library Catalogs (ISBN: 978-1-5557-         1019-1, 176 pp., $55), by Monty
        0708-8, 125 pp., $55), by Marshall Breeding. The book aims to bring librarians       L. McAdoo. This book gives li-
        up-to-pace with their increasingly tech-savvy patrons, presenting a “jargon-         brarians advice on how to foster
        free” guide to implementing a digital library catalog that’s low on clutter and      a sense of community at the typ-
        high on efficiency. Breeding explains how to make your digital catalog inter-        ical college library, allowing it to
        face stand out in a crowded market, gives detailed descriptions of current com-      become an even more natural
        mercial and open source software, and gives suggestions that help decide what        part of the college experience for
        features and services may be right for your library.                                 both students and professors.
           While the advice offered in Next-Gen Library Catalogs will allow you to make      Learn how to keep instructors
        improvements to your facility that will be appreciated by tech-savvy library         up-to-date with your ever-chang-
        patrons, the ninth book in the series sets its sights on helping you attract a       ing collections and resources,
        slightly more atypical crowd. Gaming in Libraries (ISBN: 978-1-5557-0709-5,          write more effective library-cen-
        125 pp., $55), by Kelly Nicole Czarnecki, offers advice that can help you add a      tric assignments for your own
        certain ingredient to your facility that many patrons, young and old, will ap-       classes, and avoid the pitfalls of
        preciate—fun. Guidelines are offered to help set up a diverse array of events        community-building exercises
        ranging from video game tournaments (focusing on titles such as those in the         that are generally more effective
        popular Guitar He
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