Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

The Cybrarian's Web: An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources

Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

The Cybrarian's Web: An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources

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Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc., 2012. 512 pp. ISBN: 978-1-57387-427-4. $49.50.

Almost everyone has heard of Delicious, Google Books and Facebook, but what about those lesser known yet highly practical applications such as OpenOffice.org (productivity tool), Shelfari (social cataloging service) or iTunes U (audio and video hosting service)? Are you interested in updating your library's approach to attracting patrons? What about introducing quality services tailored to your patrons needs? The Cybrarian's Web: An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources by Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis provides a comprehensive listing of free websites that seek to enhance numerous aspects of librarianship. Each chapter provides an overview of the tool, its features, and how it has been, or can be, implemented for use by librarians.

Peltier-Davis's writing style, organization of information, screenshots of the websites and "FYI" text boxes give a brief yet thorough summary of the who, what, where, when and why of each application. The author provides just enough information to provoke interest without being too wordy or drawn out. By covering a wide range of applications - wikis, podcasts, social networking, productivity tools, social bookmarking services, search engines and much more - Peltier-Davis encourages today's librarians to think outside the box and become cybrarians by incorporating these cutting edge technologies into their existing library services. …

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