Academic journal article Education Libraries (Online)

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

Academic journal article Education Libraries (Online)

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

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Peltier-Davis, C.A. (2012). The Cybrarian's Web: an A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources. Second printing. Medford, NY: Information Today. 486pp. ISBN 978-1-57387-427-4

Writing a print guide to online resources is like herding cats, with resources appearing, adding new features and eliminating others over time. However, readers of The cybrarian 's web: an A-Z guide to 101 free Web 2.0 tools and other resources could do worse than following Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis' advice as to tools to try out for their work.

In this text, Ms. Peltier-Davis has identified 101 of her favorite free (or low-cost) online tools that could be helpful to librarians who are less adventurous and prefer to rely on the recommendations of those they respect and admire. Indeed, this Archives and Digital Librarian (at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center at Nova Southeastern University, Florida) has assembled an array of useful resources for any information professional. Each resource is similarly described, with an overview describing the site's origin and development (i.e., who created the resource and why), important features of the site/tool that librarians should explore (functionality and usability), and how cybrarians can use the resource. All chapters include illustrative screenshots and most of the 101 tools have a resource listed (endnote) for further reading or viewing (e.g., YouTube video). The book includes a forward by Stephen Abram; an appendix of tips and teaching tools for cybrarians with recommended resources for keeping up; an annotated glossary; an appendix listing all of the websites mentioned in the book; and an index. …

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