Books

I’ve been involved in the creation of four books, each quite different from the others. Please click through to each title for more information. (Articles and chapters have their own page.)

The first, Drupal in Libraries (2012), is an introductory guide to using Drupal in a library, aimed at librarian project managers — the book expects little experience with computer programming and focuses mostly on what can be accomplished through the administrative interface.

The second book, The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (2014), is a collection of chapters exploring technologies just emerging from the background into reality. Each technology has a good likelihood of being significant to libraries in the near term (authors were asked to think about a 3-5 year horizon as they made their predictions).

The third book, The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services, and Networks (2014), is different. Many of us in the library profession have been reading Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog for years. I had the opportunity to work with Lorcan in selecting and organizing the most significant items and putting them together into book form.

The most recent, Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content (2016), is a collection of 19 chapters on various aspects of “discovery” in the library environment. In the library context, discovery is a process through which someone who is seeking information can explore a range of possible resources, identify the specific things to look at, and then get started with the actual work of learning or doing research.