Michael P. Sauers.
New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2009.
xiii, 337 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index. What is Web 2.0? -- Getting organized using Delicious -- Popular search engines -- Wikipedia -- Searching for media -- Local search -- Print search -- Google Cache, the Wayback Machine, and Wikipedia : searching the past -- Searching there without being there : OpenSearch -- Desktop search -- Data visualization : the future of search?
Betsy Butler (Catholic Library World, December 2009 (Vol. 80, No. 2)) Less than a decade ago we didn’t know about tagging, wikis, podcasting and social software. Today, however, an abundance of these technologies and resources have changed how we search for information. To help reference librarians make sense of these Web tools and incorporate them into their search strategies, Michael Sauers, the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission, has written this comprehensive guide to making the most of searches in today’s Web environment. Sauers begins with a look at the changes that have occurred on the Web in recent years that have allowed people to share information online, collectively referred to as “Web 2.0.” For example, think of Flickr, an online service in which users can upload their photographs to a platform on which other users can contribute their photographs on a common topic. Or, how Delicious helps users store their favorite Web sites in an account and discover other users’ favorite overlapping sites, rather than bookmarking them on their browser. If you haven’t created a Delicious account, this book will walk you through the process. He continues by improving basic search skills and making the best use of search engines, including some Google features that help convert currency, access the latest stock information, track an airline’s flight status, and discover a location’s current and forecasted weather. Of course, no searching handbook would be complete without a section on evaluating search results, so Sauers devotes an entire chapter to searching, citing, and editing Wikipedia entries. Finding multimedia content online through sources like YouTube, discovering information at the local level through maps, driving directions and satellite images, using online resources to search the content of print material, and embedding the ability to search almost any resource right into your Web browser are other helpful topics that Sauers covers. Throughout the book, Sauers evaluates the reliability and appropriateness of each tool for searching and suggests best ways to organize them for quick reference access. Screen shots help to visualize concepts being introduced, while exercises in each chapter help put new-found knowledge into practice. A companion Web site accompanies the book. 2009, Neal-Schuman, 337 pp., $65.00 (paper). Ages adult professional.
Internet in library reference services. Internet searching. Web search engines. Web 2.0.