'Editor Ellyssa Kroski has gathered together leaders in the library information technology field to share their knowledge and expertise with us in a must have Tech Set series. This series will answer almost any question a librarian can have about such emerging technologies as mobile computing, next generation catalogs, gaming, microblogging and so much more.'
Michelle Frisque, President, Library and Information Technology Association and Head, Information Systems, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
'For those curious about next gen library catalogs or wondering if the library should be on Twitter, the Tech Set offers ten volumes of current thinking and best practice for a wide range of library-related tech trends. Editor Ellyssa Kroski has assembled a who’s who of notable experts on these timely topics - including outstanding entries such as Jason Griffey on mobile technologies, Cliff Landis on utilizing social networking and Sarah Houghton-Jan on effective technology training. The titles are well-researched, clearly explained by a cadre of library technologists, offering tips and tricks for diving into blogging, gaming, video production, and more. This set will be a useful addition to any librarian’s toolkit for planning for emerging technologies.'
Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University
'Whether acquired individually or as a set—and regardless of library type or size—these books will become well-thumbed, dog-eared references for anyone charged with determining or implementing the next generation of patron services.'Library Journal
Be on the cutting edge with The Tech Set: Ten practical, fast-paced field guides to today’s hottest new technologies for information professionals - co-published with Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. and the prestigious Library and Information Technology Association (LITA, a division of the American Library Association).
Edited by sought-after educator, emerging-technology information consultant, and librarian, Ellyssa Kroski, these start-to-finish primers will have you ready to implement all the essential technologies and tools you need to deliver outstanding new services and remain relevant in the digital age.
All ten Tech Set titles follow a clear five-step learning approach to make new concepts easy to implement in your library.
Learn how to integrate cutting-edge technology with library services
Because you’ll receive time-saving step-by-step coaching from your Tech Set author, you’ll have time to learn new skills and complete current tasks.
Plan and implement a new Web 2.0 technology today
Because the Tech Set is written by librarians and for librarians, you don’t have to go it alone in mapping out the ways to actually use new Web 2.0 technology in your library. With an outline of implementation steps and a planning timeline you’ll have a clear path to follow as you launch new services.
Apply the social marketing techniques used by the pros
Have you ever launched a new service or capability only to find it undiscovered or under used? Your Tech Set author, will coach you through proven outreach tactics to attract and satisfy new users. Learn new ways to integrate new Web 2.0 technologies into your libraries current marketing approach and discover innovative new ways to increase your libraries visibility and presence in the community.
Follow best practices established by library innovators
You don’t need to spend hours on research. Tech Set authors give you a complete, round-up of best practices to increase you library’s success rate and speed you towards realizing the Web 2.0 service benefits. With this inspiration, they enable you to focus instead on emulating then adapting best practices to the unique needs of your library customers. Plus with 'best practices' you will have a quick-reference source of answers for years to come.
Measure your success
Where’s the payoff? The Tech Set provides ways to measure results and demonstrate them to library administrators who may be skeptical. There is nothing better than a well-documented and measureable success story to attract more users and more funding.
Every title is accompanied by author wikis, located at http://techset.wetpaint.com packed with new advice and recommended resources. Plus you can hear these gurus’ own words by listening to the Tech Set podcasts, where authors discuss their books, current research, and the latest developments in their fields.
Find out more about each one of the Tech Set’s 10 titles by clicking the links below:
1. Next Gen Library Catalogs by Marshall Breeding
2. Mobile Technology and Libraries by Jason Griffey
3. Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries by Robin Hastings
4. Library Videos and Webcasts by Sean Robinson
5. Wikis for Libraries by Lauren Pressley
6. Technology Training in Libraries by Sarah Houghton-Jan
7. A Social Networking Primer for Libraries by Cliff Landis
8. Library Camps and Unconferences by Steve Lawson
9. Gaming in Libraries by Kelly Czarnecki
10. Effective Blogging in Libraries by Connie Crosby