An update of ALA Neal-Schuman’s library technology companion

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/25/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Carrying over the reorganization that made the fifth edition such a convenient learning resource for students and working professionals alike, the newest edition of “Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is timelier and more compelling than ever. John J. Burke's guide should be at the top of the reading list for any current or future library professional looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. Updated with new case studies to illuminate key areas, its incisive coverage includes:

  • complete analysis of the librarian's technological toolbox for teaching, security, databases, and more;
  • expert advice on how to compare and evaluate competing technology solutions;
  • social media, streaming media, and educating patrons about digital privacy;
  • makerspaces and other technology programing, including virtual and augmented reality technologies;
  • technology lending programs;
  • open source catalog systems, discovery layers, and related library management systems;
  • websites, web-based services, and free information resources;
  • copyright and licensing as they pertain to the use of digital materials;
  • new technology predictions for the future, with tips on how to stay up to date with the latest developments; and
  • a refreshed glossary of useful terms.

Burke is Library Director and Principal Librarian for the Gardner-Harvey Library on the Middletown regional campus of Miami University (Ohio). He is a past president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) and a recipient of that organization’s Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award. Author of several other books, he has presented on a variety of technology topics at conferences hosted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Library Information and Technology Association (LITA) National Forum, and various regional and state conferences.

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