Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide

Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide


By (author) Jessamyn C. West


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  • Format: Paperback | 258 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 25mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 6 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Englewood
  • ISBN 10: 1598844539
  • ISBN 13: 9781598844535
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,492,720

Product description

Teaching novice computer users, including seniors and individuals with disabilities such as low vision or motor skills, how to do what they want and need to do online is a formidable challenge for library staff. Part inspirational, part practical Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide is a summary of techniques, approaches, and skills that will help librarians meet this challenge. Jessamyn C. West's experience as a librarian, deeply immersed in technology culture yet living in rural America, makes her uniquely qualified to write this book. Taking a big-picture approach to the subject, she demystifies and simplifies tech training for the busy librarian, providing an easy-to-use handbook full of techniques that can be used with many different library populations. As an added bonus, she also examines the players in the library technology arena to offer firsthand reports on what works, what doesn't, and what's next.

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Author information

Jessamyn C. West teaches technology classes in rural Vermont, helps run MetaFilter.com, and is the editor of librarian.net. She coedited Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out.

Review quote

"Librarians who feel lost in the technical revolution will find this book an essential guide to help familiarize themselves with basic computer usage and terms. West explains all elementary concepts in a friendly, sympathetic way. Even the most reluctant librarians, information providers, or users will find confidence in this easy-to-understand primer" - Library Journal, Starred Review