Book Authors: Frances Jacobson Harris
From School Library Journal Except for its disappointingly dull cover art, this is a bright, perceptive analysis of the fundamental differences in how teens (for whom the Internet is a primary language) and adults (who will always be second-language learners) view information and communication. It is illuminating, challenging, and frightening. The book opens with a description of the current state of library affairs, wherein information retrieval has become primarily a computerized event and the collision between information technology and communication technology has literally forged a new, merged reality that Harris terms ICT (information community technology). The second section, Consequences, examines the results of this queasy quasi-marriage. The final section addresses how library professionals whose jobs, ironically, are often sacrificed at the altar of the computer monitor must take an unprecedented, powerful, and prominent position as instructional Yodas. They can wisely guide learners through a labyrinth more complicated, more seductive, more dangerous, and more potentially valuable than anything they have experienced to date. Harris will leave librarians spellbound, feeling insecure certainly, but nonetheless unequivocally called to arms as the next generations best hope for learning to operate with intelligence and wisdom in a potential morass of excess.–Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.