The Scintillatin’ Cybrarian

I am always giddy as a schoolgirl when a new Information Today book debuts, and never more so than when the author is the remarkable Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis — the “scintillatin’ cybrarian” of the post title.

CPD fb profile picThose of you who know Cheryl are aware of her seemingly boundless enthusiasm for social media tools and apps that can be used to innovate and improve library services and make the world a better, more interesting place.

There’s a fascinating back story here. Shortly after co-editing an award-winning book about Caribbean libraries with Shamin Renwick, Cheryl was bitten by some bug that put her into a somnambulistic state. When the fever passed and she resumed normal activity, the only discernible change in Cheryl was an obsession for learning everything she possibly could about proliferating web technologies and apps and sharing this knowledge with her peers.

Ever since that time, Cheryl (who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, btw) has been getting down in the trenches — researching and experimenting with every intriguing free tool she can get her hands on, reaching out to discover how her fellow librarians are using them, and offering practical guidance to the rest of us through her excellent books and blog posts.

But enough about the author — we know she’s phenomenal. The new book is The Cybrarian’s Web 2, and as the numeral would suggest, it’s a followup to an earlier volume that Library Journal called “essential for libraries of all types.”

The Cybrarian's Web 2

The Cybrarian’s Web 2

The new volume picks up where its predecessor left off, presenting 61 free tech tools that only a cybrarian could love (not really, but I like the phrase). If you want to get a taste of what it’s all about, download this robust sampler which includes a ToC, the foreword by David Lee King, the author’s introduction, and a chapter from the book, among other goodies.

And if you’re attending Computers in Libraries next week you can see Cheryl there (she is presenting on 5/29), congratulate her on her latest achievement, pick up The Cybrarian’s Web 2 at a great price, and have her sign it for you.

Tell her JB sent you. I don’t know if it’ll get you a better discount but it ought to be good for a knowing eye roll.


About John Bryans

John B. Bryans is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the book publishing divisions of Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and its sister company, Plexus Publishing, Inc. Since 1979 John has worked in book publishing as an editor, book packager, and publisher. He began his career in the world of New York mass-market publishing, specializing in historical fiction and popular nonfiction before moving into technology publishing in the late 1980s. In 1995, at Online Inc., he launched CyberAge Books—a popular line of titles for online searchers, librarians, and business information professionals. In 1998 ITI acquired CyberAge Books and John joined the ITI staff on the edge of the Pine Barrens in rural southern New Jersey. Currently, he acquires and edits books and ebooks in diverse genres including library and information science and technology, cyberculture, education and careers in the information professions, educational technology, knowledge management, networking and customer engagement, indexing, and clinical research, and—regionally for southern New Jersey—mystery and suspense, history, nature and the environment. In 2001 he acquired and published Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson, which inspired an Emmy-winning dramatic series on HBO and became the publisher's first New York Times bestseller.