Using Technology in the Library Workplace: An Introduction for Support Staff

Rowman & Littlefield. (Library Support Staff Handbooks, Bk. 8). Jul. 2021. 192p. ISBN 9781538145357. pap. $35. PRO MEDIA
Technology skills and knowledge are crucial in most workplaces, but especially in libraries. This addition to the series aimed at library support staff is aligned with the competencies for the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program. Like the other titles in the series, it is practical rather than theoretical and covers a wide range of issues that library staff will encounter. Arranged in three parts, each section carefully lays out the related LSSC competency, explains key terms, and includes a summary, discussion questions, and an activity. Shaw (library technology program coordinator, Three Rivers Community Coll.) begins with the fundamentals of technologies including devices, software, and library systems. Part two discusses technology that involves the library community, such as cloud computing and sharing files, networks, online programming, social media, and mobile technologies. Part three covers technology related to education (makerspaces, robotic, digital media, cybersecurity). The book includes a helpful glossary.
VERDICT This text will be useful in LSSC programs; also a solid practical guide for anyone wishing to understand the basics of technologies used in libraries.
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