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On the New Books Shelf: Resources for Information Scientists


Information and Library Science Bibliographer Deborah Bernnard is always on the lookout for new books to add to the collection. From archival practice to information literacy to human computer interaction, Deborah finds the most interesting and informative new publications on all aspects of the field. While most of her acquisitions are serious, scholarly tomes, she does, from time to time, round-out the collection with selections from the lighter side of librarianship. Below is a selection of books that have recently been added to the collection. For a complete list of new acquisitions, click on the “New Titles” tab in Minerva or come in and check out our New Books Display.

Beyond the Browser.jpgBeyond the Browser: Web 2.0 and Librarianship by Karl Bridges. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. Dewey Library / Z 674.75 I58 B75 2012.

Most librarians are infinitely familiar with the Internet due to their daily use of this essential resource. However, having practical expertise with today's digital resources does not guarantee the ability to speak intelligently and convincingly about their less-obvious benefits to funding authorities—a vital skill in today’s economy.

Beyond the Browser: Web 2.0 and Librarianship overviews the history of libraries and the Internet to provide necessary perspective and then examines current and future trends in libraries. In Part I, the author traces the notion of connectivity from its roots in the 19th century through the rise of digital technology in the second half of the 20th, concluding with a discussion of its influence on the role expectations and performance of today's information professional. Part II investigates the evolutionary impact of open access, scholarly inquiry, and second-generation web technologies on library organization and services. A bibliography of helpful resources is also included.


Laughing Librarian.jpgThe Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor by Jeanette C. Smith. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2012. Dewey Library / Z 682.5 S65 2012.

Despite the stodgy stereotypes, libraries and librarians themselves can be quite funny. The spectrum of library humor from sources inside and outside the profession ranges from the subtle wit of the New Yorker to the satire of Mad. This examination of American library humor over the past 200 years covers a wide range of topics and spans the continuum between light and dark, from parodies to portrayals of libraries and their staffs as objects of fear. It illuminates different types of librarians--the collector, the organization person, the keeper, the change agent--and explores stereotypes like the shushing little old lady with a bun, the male scholar-librarian, the library superhero, and the anti-stereotype of the sexy librarian. Profiles of the most prominent library humorists round-out this lively study.

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Web Search Engine Research
edited by Dirk Lewandowski. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Pub., 2012. Dewey Library / ZA 4230 W42X 2012.

This book provides an understanding of Web search engines from the unique perspective of Library and Information Science. The book explores a range of topics including retrieval effectiveness, user satisfaction, the evaluation of search interfaces, the impact of search on society, reliability of search results, query log analysis, user guidance in the search process, and the influence of search engine optimization (SEO) on results quality. While research in computer science has mainly focused on technical aspects of search engines, LIS research is centered on users’ behavior when using search engines and how this interaction can be evaluated. LIS research provides a unique perspective in intermediating between the technical aspects, user aspects and their impact on their role in knowledge acquisition.

For more information on the Information and Library Science collection, contact Deborah Bernnard at 442-3699 or dbernnard@albany.edu.

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