Computer technology

Bibliography, recommended reading, for one chapter of the courses by Paul Nieuwenhuysen



(Digital photography.)
Personal Computer World (U.S.A.), January 2001, pp. 242-255.

History: Snapshots in the development of the camera

Technology: Digital camera in focus





FOLDOC: Free online dictionary of computing. [online]
Available from: [cited 2004], free of charge.



PC Webopedia. [online]
Available from: [cited 2004], free of charge.

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Internet and Online Services

Mobile Computing



Operating Systems




Types of Computers



How scanners work.
Personal Computer World (England), July 1995, pp. 461.



From MDA to XGA: a guide to video standards.
PC Magazine, February 26, 1991, pp. 212‑213.



Office ergonomics.
Personal Computer World (U.K.), August 1996, pp. 154-155.



Printing technologies.
Personal Computer World (England), August 1995, pp. 470-471.

Liquid inkjet

Thermal wax transfer

Dye sublimation

Phase-change inkjet

Colour laser



[The history of microcomputers.] [online]
Appendix A of Peter Norton’s computing fundamentals. Available from:



Under the covers of your PC.
Personal Computer World (U.K.), April 1994, pp. 608-609.



Scanners. How they work.
Personal Computer World (U.K.), September 1996, pp. 129.



The centre of a PC’s universe. (It all started with a printed circuit board, but how did this piece of electronics become the motherboard of today?)
Personal Computer World (U.K.), May 2002, pp. 134-135.



The perfect PC for you.
PC Magazine (USA), Vol. 18, No. 13, July 1999, pp. 101-236.



The power of digital imaging. (Today’s digital-imaging software has developed thanks to the imagination and creativity of photographers over 100 years ago.) PCW Expert History. + Manipulating the image.
Personal Computer World (U.K.), October 2001, pp. 184-187.


Alford, Roger C.

How scanners work.
Byte, June 1992, pp. 347-350.


Bloomfield, Louis A.

Laser printers. Working knowledge.
Scientific American, October 1999, p. 108.


Bsales, Jamie M.

Displays. Pc's in the new millenium.
PC Magazine (USA), June 9, 1998, pp. 133-134.


Bsales, Jamie M.

PC Magazine (USA), June 9, 1998, pp. 141-144.


Bsales, Jamie M.

The perfect PC for you. The corporate IS manager.
PC Magazine (USA), Vol. 18, No. 13, July 1999, pp. 170-180.


Bsales, Jamie M., and Metz, Code

The perfect PC for you. The power user.
PC Magazine (USA), Vol. 18, No. 13, July 1999, pp. 102-113.


Bsales, Jamie M., and Brown, Bruce

The perfect PC for you. The corporate user.
PC Magazine (USA), Vol. 18, No. 13, July 1999, pp. 132-144.


Bsales, Jamie M. and Behr, E. Mary

The perfect PC for you. The home user.
PC Magazine (USA), Vol. 18, No. 13, July 1999, pp. 146-166.


Burton, Paul F.

Information technology and society. (Implications for the information professions.)
London : Library Association.

6. Information technology and library and information services.


Burton, Paul F., and Petrie, J. Howard

Information management technology. A librarian's guide.
London : Chapman and Hall, 1991.

Chapter 2. Microcomputers: the building blocks.

2.1. Arrangement of chips in a microcomputer.

2.2. Magnetic storage devices.

2.3. Optical discs.

2.4. Displays.

2.5. Printers.

2.6. Other peripheral devices.

2.7. Telecommunications and networks.

Chapter 3. Software concepts.

3.1. Operating systems.

3.2. Graphical user interfaces.

3.3. Network operating systems.

3.4. System utilities.

3.5. Compilers, interpreters and programming languages.

3.6. The organization of data.

Chapter 4. Systems for information retrieval and data management.

4.1. Information retrieval systems.

4.2. Database management systems.

4.3. Graphical user interfaces and hypertext for information retrieval and database management.

4.4. Microcomputer assisted information retrieval and data communication.

Chapter 6. Management and administration of information services.

6.1. Word and text processing.

6.2. Management information.

Chapter 7. The microcomputer as a resource.

7.1. Hardware.

7.2. Software.

7.3. Viruses.

Chapter 8. Selecting the software.

8.1. Sources of information.

8.2. Writing it or buying it.

8.3. Software assessment.

Chapter 9. Selecting the hardware.

9.1. Sources of information.

9.2. Criteria for selection.

Chapter 10. Implementation and system management.

10.1.Project management.

10.2. Data security.

10.3. Documentation of operations.

10.4. Staff training.


Butler, Sharon J.

Common-sense ergonomics.
Computers in Libraries, September 1997, pp. 35-37.


Cawkell, A.E.

Progress in documentation. Electronic document delivery systems.
Journal of Documentation, Vol. 47, No. 1, March 1991, pp. 41-73.


Technical background.

Applied electronic document delivery sytems.

Specific examples of document delivery systems.

Document image processing systems.


Clyman, John

Inside the perfect system unit.
PC Magazine (USA), July 1995, pp. 148-157.


Curtin, Dennis P.

Information processing. Concepts and applications.
New Jersey : Prentice Hall, 1991.

Een voorbeeldig en recent Amerikaans textbook met veel illustraties.

Chapter 1.

1.3.                The computer.

1.4.                Input devices.

1.5.                Output devices - The display.

1.6.                Output devices - The printer.

1.7.                Introduction to applications programs.

Chapter 2. Disks, disk drives, and operating systems

2.1.                External storage devices.

2.2.                Introduction to operating systems.

2.3.                Loading and quitting the operating system.

2.4.                Understanding filenames and drives.

2.5.                Understanding DOS to manage your disks and files.

2.6.                Working with hard disks.

2.7.                Special DOS files.

Chapter 3. Word processing and desktop publishing applications.

3.1.                Word processing procedures — an overview.

3.2.                Typical word processing programs.

3.3.                Loading and quitting applications programs.

3.4.                Executing commands.

3.5.                Entering documents.

3.6.                Saving and retrieving files.

3.7.                Editing documents.

3.8.                Formatting documents.

3.9.                Merge printing.

3.10.              Desktop publishing.


Collin, Simon

The way multimedia works. (The ultimate how-to guide for beginners.)
Microsoft Press. 1994. 128 p.

1. Introducing multimedia

What is multimedia?

What is a multimedia PC?

A taste of multimedia

2. Setting up your multimedia PC

Sound cards

CD-ROM drives

Upgrade kits

Performance upgrades

Monitors and display


Day, Jerry B.

Super Scanning techniques. The Hewlett-Packard guide to black & white imaging.
New York : Random House, 1993. 242 p.

1. How scanning works.

2. Selecting an image type.

3. Selecting a file format.


De Grooff, Dirk

Encyclomedia. (Wegwijs op de informatiesnelweg.) + Encyclomedia ‘96 (CD-ROM)
Leuven : Davidsfonds, 1995, 442 p. + Hypervision CD-ROM


Wat is multimedia?

De multimedia-PC

Dedicated multimediasystemen

Online gebruik van multimedia


De productie van multimediatoepassingen

Documentautomatisering en optische media

Virtuele realiteit

Realiteit en virtuele realiteit

Wat betekent virtuele realiteit?

De ultieme user interface

Hard- en software


Het concept televirtualiteit



Dembeck, David A.

Microcomputer hardware: making the purchase step-by-step.
In: Computers in libraries '91. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Computers in Libraries Conference. Edited by Nancy Melin Nelson, Conference Chair. Westport, London: Meckler. 1991. p.39‑40.


Falk, Howard

Flat bed, sheet-fed and hand-held scanners.
The Electronic Library, Vol. 12, No. 1, February 1994, pp. 53-57.


Falk, Howard

Personal computer graphic cards.
The Electronic Library, Vol. 12, No. 2, April 1994, pp. 127-129.


Falk, Howard

Flatbed colour scanners.
The Electronic Library, Vol. 15, No. 3, June 1997, pp. 230-234.


Fine, Doug

Hands-on guide to no-pain computing. (It’s no secret that computing can be hazardous to your health. Here’s what to do about it right now.)
Personal Computer World (U.S.A.), June 1996, pp. 149-154.


Fischetti, Mark

Ink-jet printing.
Scientific American, December 2002, pp. 90-91.


Freed, Les

Look into the camera. (Camera technology)
PC Magazine, January 20, 2004, pp. 107-114.


Gan, Roger

Hands on hardware: The SCSI bus stops here. (about the Small Computer System Interface).
Personal Computer World (U.S.A.), October 1998, pp. 282-284.


Graham, Gordon et al.

3-D Visual dictionary of computing.
Foster City, CA : IDG Books, 1995, 213 p.


Howard, Bill, Levy, Josh, and Mehta, Monique

The perfect PC. Printers service and reliability.
PC Magazine (USA), July 1999, pp. 209-214.


Hurwicz, Mike

Cheaper computing, Part 2: PCs strike back. (Microsoft and Intel are defending their turf against NC with Zero Administration and NetPC.)
Byte, May 1997, pp. 81-88.


Ihrig, Sybil, and Ihrig, Emil

Scanning the professional way: an in-depth look at digitizing images for the highest quality results.
Berkeley : Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1995. 148 p.

The ins and outs of scanning

Getting the terms straight

What comes in must go out

The right tools for the job

Defining quality in scanning

Multiple standards in quality

Sensing technology




PC troubleshooting for library personnel. [online]
Available free of charge from: [cited 2005]

Module 1 Troubleshooting! What’s it all abuto?

Module 2 Introduction to computers

Module 3 Common hardware problems

Module 4 Common software problems

Module 5 Peripherals and their problems

Module 6 Networking and the Internet

Module 7 Security

Module 8 Maintenance and management

Module 9 Seelking additional help

Module 10 Bringing it all together


Jendro, Oliver

Inkjet technology: The magic of inkjets.
PCWorld (England), March 2005, pp. 187-189.


Johnson, Peggy

Technological change in libraries.
In: Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. Executive Editor: Alan Kent. Volume 48. Supplement 11. New York : Marcel Dekker Inc. pp. 327-345.


Changing processes and services.

Changing collections and the electronic library.

Impact of new technologies on public services.

Impact of new technologies on library organizational structures.

Implications for the future.



Laing, Gordon

How scanners work.
Personal Computer World (England), April 1997, p. 186.


Laing, Gordon

Flat panel displays: a thin line. (LCD screens)
Personal Computer World (England), October 1997, pp. 116-122..


Laing, Gordon

Displays - LCD vs CRT.
Personal Computer World (England), September 1999, pp. 106-108.


Lefkowitz, Larry

PCMCIA cards - evolution or just new confusion.
Windows Sources, January 1994, pp. 171‑192.

PCMCIA standards

Network cards

Memory cards

Fax modem cards

Hard disks


Mace, Jeff, and Glidden, Rob

The TV pc. Pc's in the new millenium.
PC Magazine (USA), June 9, 1998, pp. 108.


McClure, Wanda L., and Hannah, Stan A.

Communicating globally: the advent of Unicode.
Computers in Libraries, May 1995, pp. 19-24.


McMahon, Ken

Colour printers. (Workshop.)
Personal Computer World (U.K.), October 1999, pp. 214-215.


Meloche, Joseph

Introductory CD ROM searching.
New York, London, Norwood : The Haworth Press.

Part I: Essentials of ondisc searching

4. The microcomputer


Metz, Code

The perfect PC for you. The mobile user.
PC Magazine (USA), Vol. 18, No. 13, July 1999, pp. 114-131.


Metz, Code

The perfect PC for you. The technical pro user.
PC Magazine (USA), Vol. 18, No. 13, July 1999, pp. 168-169.


Ozer, Jan

3-D computing. Pc's in the new millenium.
PC Magazine (USA), June 9, 1998, pp. 118.


Poynton, Charles

Reducing eyestrain from video and computer monitors. [online]
Available free of charge from: [cited 2005]


Rawlinson, Nik

Inkjet printers.
Personal Computer World (U.K.), December 2000, pp. 257-266.




Saffady, William

Introduction to automation for librarians. (Fourth edition.)
Chicago : ALA, 1999.

Part one: Fundamental aspects of computing and related technologies:
Chapter 1 Computer hardware


Seymour, Jim

Buying enough printer.
In: PC productivity bible. New York : Brady. pp. 67-71.


Seymour, Jim

Buying enough printers.
In: PC productivity bible. New York : Brady. pp. 73-75.


Slater, Michael

Microprocessors. Pc's in the new millenium.
PC Magazine (USA), June 6, 1998, pp. 104-105.


Simpson, David

Will NCs save you a bundle? (Network computers can indeed save big bucks, but as much as vendors originally promised.)
Datamation, May 1997, pp. 100-105.


Smith, Eldred

The print prison.
Library Journal, February 1, 1992, pp. 48-51.

Can librarians throw off the 500-year-old practices related to the printed book in order to see the future offered by the new technology.


Sosinsky, Barrie

Beyond the desktop. (Tools and technology for computer publishing.)
New York : Bantam Books.

A look ahead.

Computer hardware advances.

Compound technologies.

Beyond the GUI.

Data highways.

Open page description standards.

True colors.

Electronically produced publications.


Virtual reality.


Ulanoff, Lance

The perfect display.
PC Magazine (USA), July 1994, pp. 168‑187.

The perfect display

How a display monitor works

The perfect graphics accellerator card

How a graphics accellerator card works

The resolution you want, the memory you need


Ulanoff, Lance

Inside the perfect display.
PC Magazine (USA), July 1995, pp. 172-185.


Van der Beek, Nynke

Imaging in opkomst: technieken voor geautomatiseerde beeldopslag.
Open, 7/8 1996, pp. 176-178.




Compressie en presentatie




Van der Woude, Cees

‘Kunt u dit even scannen?’ (Scanning: techniek en mogelijkheden.)
Open, Vol. 26, 1994, No. 11, pp. 360-362.


Vitolo, Theresa M, and Coulston, Chris

Taxonomy of information literacy competencies. [online]
J. Information Technology Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2002.


Von Schweber, Erick and Linda

Network computers. Pc's in the new millenium.
PC Magazine (USA), June 9, 1998, pp. 106.


Wang, W.E., and Kraynak, Joe

The first book of personal computing.
Howard W. Sams.

Chapter 12. Finding the right computer for you.


Warnock, John E.

The new age of documents.
Byte, June 1992, pp. 257-260.

Imagine a world where the document is the center of things and applications and operating environments are merely tools for document interchange.


White, Ron

Hoe computers werken.
Utrecht : Ziff-Davis, PC Computing / A.W. Bruna informatica. 1993. 201 p.

18. Hoe een toetsenbord werkt.

19. Hoe een computerscherm werkt.

22. Hoe een muis werkt.

24. Hoe een scanner en optische karakterherkenning werken.

26. Hoe LAN's werken.

28. Hoe bitmap- en outline-lettertypen werken.

29. Hoe een matrixprinter werkt.

30. Hoe een laserprinter werkt.

31. Hoe een inkjetprinter werkt.


White, Ron

How computers work. (Second edition) (Includes interactive CD-ROM).
Emeryville, California : Ziff-Davis Press, 1995, 218 p.

1. How the power on self-test works

2. How a disk boot works

3. How plug and play works

14. How a bus works

15. How a keyboard works

16. How a computer display works

17. How a serial port works

18. How a parallel port works

19. How a mouse works

20. How a modem works

21. How a scanner works

22. How a digital camera works

23. How a PC card (PCMCIA) works

24. How a CD-ROM drive works

25. How multimedia sound works

26. How multimedia video works

29. How a drive array works

30. How bitmapped and outline fonts work

31. How a dot-matrix printer works

32. How a laser printer works

33. How an ink-jet printer works


Wright, Kieth C.

Computer-related technologies in library operations.
Gower, 1995.

4. Automating reference and information services


A brief history of automated reference services

Gatways and front end systems for online reference services

End user characteristics

CD-ROM-based reference and information services

The changing role(s) of the reference librarian

Reference resources beyond the local library

Reasons for using the Internet

Interlibrary loan services

Interlibrary loan and document delivery

Emerging issues in automated reference and information functions

Automating of other reference and information services



The future: where do the libraries go from here?


The common thread in computer-related technologies

Problems in the electronic information age for libraries

Future potentials for libraries in the electronic information age