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Provides a basic introduction to terminology and concepts―an indispensable tool for librarians who received their training before the current emphasis on technology or directors faced with writing budgets and specifications for technology they understand only as low-end users.
The primer discusses hardware down to the level of individual components such as expansion cards, CPUs, memory, and printers, but discusses whole systems as well. The software discussion aims to compare the benefits and features of different operating systems, and addresses integrating hardware and software to match the needs of libraries.
A key feature of this work is its glossary, with its jargon-free definitions and ample cross-references. Both the glossary and the main body of the text aim to give the reader a sense of how the terms are actually used in practice, a familiarity that often cannot be obtained from more technical works.
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Stephen Paling teaches in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.Review:
The value of the book is that it can complete the education for many users. (Public Libraries)
...offers valuable tips about technologies that are becoming obsolete. This is a highly useful guide for librarians who may be computer users and also a quick resource for definitions and descriptions of new technologies that everyone is trying to learn. (Lisca)
Paling's Primer provides a greatly needed, readable guide to practicing librarians in the use, planning, and purchase of computers, and should be on the bookshelf of every librarian and educator. (Reference and User Services Quarterly)
The author does a nice job of taking a personal computer from 'black box' to a set of identifiable components for the use, without an overwhelming amount of detail. (Journal Of Education For Library and Information Science)
The work presents clear and calm discussion, comparisons, analysis of the benefits and features of operating systems, as well, as the integration of hardware and software to meet library needs. It offers direction to a wide audience, not just the techno-challenged librarian and would be an excellent aid for those teaching in the technology area. (Australian Library Journal)
Covers hardware and components, operating systems and software, networks and security, and future developments and purchasing. (Reference and Research Book News)
A very welcome addition...it would prove very useful for the student or indeed the practitioner who needs to take a quick peek before that next systems meeting. (The Electronic Library)
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