The Tech Set

10 vols. ed. by Ellyssa Kroski. ISBN 978-1-55570-714-9. pap. $550. ea. vol: Neal-Schuman with ALA's Library & Information Technology Assoc. (LITA). 2010. bibliog. index. pap. $55. PRO MEDIA
Series editor Kroski (Information Svcs. Technologist, Barnard Coll.; Web 2.0 for Library and Information Professionals) has loosely modeled this efficient Tech Set after the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County's 23 Things. Each of the ten volumes explores a specific tool and/or tech trend, not only defining in lay terms what the technology is but also explaining why it's perceived to be important to the future of libraries. The books share a common structure that starts by providing a thorough history of the topic and follows with chapters on applicable planning, implementation, marketing, best practices, and measurements of success. Each volume has its own index, bibliography, and recommended reading. This set will most likely appeal to system administrators, webmasters, and electronic resource librarians; however, anyone involved in planning future library services and initiatives would surely benefit as well. Whether acquired individually or as a set—and regardless of library type or size—these books will become well-thumbed, dog-eared references for anyone charged with determining or implementing the next generation of patron services.

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