Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
It is not very often that a book comes along that resonates with every librarian in the field. Net Effects is just such a book. Marylaine Block has gathered together some very insightful names in our field to tackle the topic of the Web and how it has changed our professional lives. Others have tackled this before but Block's book takes a unique approach. Divided into ten chapters, each poses a challenge caused by the Net. Contributors propose solutions using their own experiences, theories or sage advice taken from their wealth of knowledge in the area. Block selected the articles for inclusion and she herself provided many solutions. With her practical and insightful views, Block adds many valuable ideas to the book.
Regaining control over selection.
Rescuing the book.
Making them adapt to us: training the user.
The shifted librarian: adapting to the changing expectations of our wired (and wireless) users.
Running to stay in place: continuous retraining.
Up to our ears in lawyers: legal issues posed by the Net.
How to avoid getting blind‐sided.
Net Effects is not a book that needs to be read from front to back. Readers can use this title as a resource when a problem arises. It is indexed and includes e‐mail addresses for many of the contributors allowing the reader to follow up on any given solution. Links from each chapter are collected at the back of the book for easy reference and each chapter has its own recommended readings.
This book is a real joy to read. It is provocative, challenging and useful. Not to be missed by anyone in our profession, from administrator to line librarian, this book is highly recommended. Well done!