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» books to check out by bill stewar t job-related reading Keep Up With the Tech Set Get Connected With 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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