The Librarian's Internet Survival Guide: Strategies for the High-Tech Reference Desk, 2nd Ed

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The Librarian's Internet Survival Guide: Strategies for the High-Tech Reference Desk, 2nd Ed


Wiley, Deborah Lynne, Online


* * * * The Librarian's Internet Survival Guide: Strategies for the High-Tech Reference Desk, 2nd Ed. by Irene E. McDermott, edited by Barbara Quint ISBN: 1-57387-235-0 Published: 2006 Pages: 298 pp.; softcover Price: $29.50

Available from: Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 609/654-6266; www.infotoday.com

This handy guidebook, first published in 2002, has now been updated and expanded. McDermott, who has written the Internet Express column for Searcher magazine for nearly a decade, collected several of her columns for this book. The goal is to provide tips and resources for busy librarians at the reference desk, based on the author's own reference experiences working at the San Marino Public Library.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part, containing nine chapters, focuses on resources that are useful for answering or researching specific types of questions. These include metasearch engines, finding people, news sites, subject portals, kids sites, full text on the Web, health and medical resources, financial sites, and shopping sites. The second part, composed of live chapters, helps librarians provide access to electronic information. This covers tips for teaching the Web, accessibility issues, managing e-mail, a bit of computer troubleshooting, and keeping up-to-date. …

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