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Net Effects
New Book Discusses How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet

Advance Praise for Net Effects …

“From resource selection to training problems, the Internet has brought about many challenges for the
information professional. In Net Effects, Marylaine Block provides a lifeline for librarians. Outstanding!”

— Gary Price
ResourceShelf.Com
Co-author, The Invisible Web

“Net Effects is a solution-oriented resource that will help librarians get out of the position of working to
keep up with the Web, and into the position of getting the Web to work for us.”

— Carrie Bickner
The Rogue Librarian
www.roguelibrarian.com

“Few texts aim at solving real problems facing the information professional today. Marylaine Block has done an extensive and exhaustive job. I highly recommend this book.”

— Steven M. Cohen
Creator/Webmaster
www.librarystuff.net

September 2, 2003, Medford, New Jersey—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announces the publication of Net Effects: How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet, edited by Marylaine Block.

Today, the Net is challenging librarians’ ability to select information sources, threatening the survival of the book, necessitating continuous retraining, presenting new problems of access and preservation, putting new demands on budgets, and embroiling information professionals in legal controversies. In the new book, librarian, journalist, and Internet guru Block examines the issues and brings together a wealth of insights, war stories, and solutions.

Net Effects features nearly 50 articles by dozens of imaginative librarians—expertly selected, annotated, and integrated by the editor—that suggest practical and creative ways to deal with the range of Internet “side effects,” regain control of the library, and avoid being blindsided by technology again.

“Problems are simply opportunities in disguise, and we librarians have plunged enthusiastically, even joyfully, into solving them,” Block said. “Net Effects is an anthology of some of our solutions … You can read it straight through, or dip into it to see how libraries are dealing with the issue that’s bothering you.”

Editor Marylaine Block was a librarian at St. Ambrose University for 22 years and will always be a librarian at heart. She now works full time as a writer, speaker, and Internet trainer. Block has written for Searcher, Library Journal, American Libraries, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Fox News Online. She writes two weekly e-zines serving the library community, including the popular ExLibris, where she discusses such issues as censorship, online searching, and library Web site design.

Net Effects: How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet (380pp/hardbound/ISBN 1-57387-171-0/$39.50) is published by Information Today, Inc. It is available by calling the publisher at (800) 300-9868 [outside the U.S. call (609) 654-6266]; faxing (609) 654-4309; e-mailing custserv@infotoday.com; or logging on to the ITI Web site at www.infotoday.com.


Net Effects: How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet
Net Effects
How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet
Edited by Marylaine Block

The Internet is a mixed blessing for libraries and librarians. On the one hand, it provides opportunities to add services and expand collections; on the other, it has increased user expectations and contributed to techno stress. Today, the Net is challenging librarians’ ability to select, threatening the survival of the book, necessitating continuous retraining, presenting new problems of access and preservation, putting new demands on budgets, and embroiling information professionals in legal controversies. In Net Effects, librarian, journalist, and Internet guru Marylaine Block examines the issues and brings together a wealth of insights, war stories, and solutions. Almost 50 articles by dozens of imaginative librarians—expertly selected, annotated, and integrated by the editor—suggest practical and creative ways to deal with the range of Internet "side effects," regain control of the library, and avoid being blindsided by technology again.

2003/380pp/hardbound

Net Effects
1-57387-171-0 $39.50


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