Technology and the School Library

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Technology and the School Library


Wachsmann, Melanie, Reference & User Services Quarterly


Technology and the School Library. Odin L. Jurkowski. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 2006. 219p. $45 (ISBN 978-0-8108-5290-7).

This is a perfect book for anyone, not just school librarians, struggling with technology. Whether you are completely technologically illiterate or just need to brush up on the latest and greatest, this book has something for everyone. Jurkowski divides the book into five sections, which allows the reader to start at the beginning with the basics or skip ahead to more in-depth technology information, usage, and implementation. The first section covers hardware, software, and networks. The author discusses each component for those who are new to computers. The school Web site section is particularly helpful, with information about Web site development tools, design ideas, and features commonly found on school library pages. Most useful is a four-tiered checklist to help librarians know where to begin. The section on equipment is informative and current, with sections covering USB flash drives, digital cameras, projectors, PDAs, laptop computers, mobile computer labs, and interactive whiteboards. The arrangement of student computers is also covered, as are desktop security, repair, and filters.

The chapter on automation covers all of the functions that are important when selecting a system and includes additional equipment that might be necessary as well as issues to consider when funding and planning for a new system. …

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