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by Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis

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The Cybrarian's Web includes overviews and usage tips, generally 2-3 pages each, for 101 websites and web tools. The scope of coverage includes A/V creation and sharing services, blogs, digital library and publishing software, ILS software, information aggregators, productivity tools, reference sites, search engines, social networking and bookmarking sites, web design tools, and wiki software. If you want to learn about the plethora of tools available, learn about new tools, or even just explore the difference between providers of similar services, this book will help you! (However, like any book about the Internet or computer science, it will quickly become dated.)
  ktoonen | May 16, 2016 |
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Extremely useful in its organization and reference to web tools of all kinds in use by librarians and libraries - specifically as these tools relate to services to patrons. Though an engaged librarian might already be aware of many of the applications and URLs mentioned in the book, this book, because of its simplicity, is a worthwhile reference and reminder for librarians in direct user and patron services because just because we might know of something, does not mean we actually use that thing. People, generally, are using many more web tools than any one librarian will know. For this, this book is handy. Thank you Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis. ( )
  jltaglich | Jan 29, 2016 |
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Although I remain generally skeptical of print books that are essentially webliographies (how long before their out of date? what features will change or disappear?) this book was more useful than I initially believed. The sites and apps are not all completely familiar... I feel like the first book in this series would've been entirely too basic or obvious...and I did discover a few sites I'd like to use professionally. The FREE on the cover should be asterisked... several sites have a free trial version or a very limited version, but for professional use one would likely need the paid version. I did feel that the section of each chapter about applicability to libraries was sometimes strained at best, or gave simplistic examplars of the tool being used in the field.
  wademlee | Jan 9, 2016 |
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Here was my review of volume 1: I love handy websites and was quite excited to receive this book. Unfortunately the list was not as handy as I had hoped. I was already aware of a lot of the websites mentioned and there were less "tools" than I would have liked. I'm afraid this book is not really ahead of its time and I can see it becoming quickly outdated. I would not recommend adding this to a librarian's arsenal of resources, but instead bookmark the web counterpart and check it every once in awhile.

So, why did I request volume 2? I'm a sucker for librarian reference books and I love e-resources. I can't help it. Was this one better? It felt on par with volume 1 to be honest. There were a lot of things here I had already heard of again - Pinterest, Code Academy, Instagram. I wish it would dig down deeper and have things that are cutting edge, but that is the problem with technology. By the time you go to print with a book the "newness" of it has worn off and everyone has moved on to the next thing. This would be useful for folks dipping their toes into e-resources, but experienced Web users won't find much here. ( )
  rosylibrarian | Oct 5, 2015 |
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A comprehensive collection of e-resources filed A-Z designed for information professionals. If having a collection of tools wasn't enough the author proceeds to list how professionals could implement the collection of resources into their own workflow. Highly informative guide with many practical uses ( )
  surlysal | Sep 15, 2015 |
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