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.

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Information Today book takes top honors!

Educational Technology for the Global Village: Worldwide Innovation and Best Practices I am delighted to announce that our new book from editors Les Lloyd and Gabriel I. Barreneche, Educational Technology for the Global Village: Worldwide Innovation and Best Practices, is the winner in the “Education/Academic” category in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.

This is a big thrill for me, both because the book and its editors and contributors are richly deserving of recognition (and, frankly, a wider readership than we’ve been able to deliver so far) and because over a 15-year period I’ve had the pleasure of working with Les on 3 books about educational technology (including one in 1999 and another in 2005) and have always appreciated his clear, insightful, and passionate approach to the subject.

(Not to mention that Les is a terrific human being who never makes his editor miserable!)

Please join me in sending congrats out to Les and Gabriel, and if you haven’t read this inspiring and informative book I hope you’ll put it on your list!

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Nicole Engard Rocks the Mashup

You’ve got to hand it to Nicole Engard: when it comes to library mashups, she’s the Boss.

More Library Mashups

Advance copies of More Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Dataa book Nicole edited, have just become available and tonight the peripatetic library tech guru is in Monterey, CA, signing the book for Internet Librarian attendees as harbor seals bark their approval along the Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Damn, that’s the place to be on this glorious late October evening … what am I doin’ in Joisey with dese guys?

MLM is Nicole’s 3rd book for Information Today, Inc. and she just keeps getting better all the time. So here’s to more great library mashups and congrats to the editor and her 24 amazing contributors!

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The NEXT Digital Scholar has arrived

NEXTdigitalscholarfrontcoverThe Next Digital Scholar is a timely tome focused on issues around the Common Core State Standards–particularly in the areas of practices and standards in digital research, reading, and writing–edited by James P. Purdy and Randall McClure.

This latest title in the ASIST Monograph Series published by ITI is a followup to McClure and Purdy’s The New Digital Scholar (2013), which as I reported in May was the recipient of a coveted Silver IPPY Award and has received considerable critical acclaim.

If you’d like to explore the new book, we’ve posted its Table of Contents (includes contributor bylines), Introduction, and brief biographies of editors Purdy and McClure.

Print copies are available now and digital editions will be available soon on ITI’s ebookstore. If you’re interested in the CCSS you won’t want to miss this one.

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The New Digital Scholar is an Award Winner!

I’m excited to share the news that our book The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students  has earned the Silver Independent Publishers Award (IPPY) in its category, Education (Comment/Theory).

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Ed-Tech Book Deserves to Be Widely Read

I could not be more excited or honored than to have worked with editors Les Lloyd and Gabriel Barreneche on Educational Technology for the Global Village, coming soon from ITI. Thanks to a number of outstanding contributors who shared their knowledge and experience, this relatively slim 200-page book succeeds brilliantly in informing and inspiring us in regard to how technology can and is being used to uplift resource-deficient schools and communities all over the world.

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