Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction (2 Volume Set)

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HCI (Human-Computer Interation) is everywhere. With a team of 200 experts, the "Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interation" is a comprehensive guide to every aspect of HCI. The work covers the field's history, breakthroughs, current research, and future direction. An ideal reference for students, educators, professionals, and business leaders, the encyclopedia is full of lively sidebars, more than 75 photos, charts, tables and figures, glossaries, and a rich and comprehesive Master Bibliography of HCI.

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About the Author:

William Sims Bainbridge is deputy director of the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems of the National Science Foundation, after having directed the division's Human Computer Interaction, Universal Access, and Knowledge and Cognitive Systems programs. He has represented the social and behavioral sciences on five advanced technology initiatives: High Performance Computing and Communications, Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence, Digital Libraries, Information Technology Research, and Nanotechnology. Bill is also the author of ten books, four textbook-software packages, and some 150 shorter publications in information science, social science of technology, and the sociology of culture. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University.

From Booklist:

This encyclopedia, edited by the deputy director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, compiles 186 articles on the maturing field of human-computer interaction (HCI). Topics cover applications (e.g., Classrooms, Law enforcement, Telecommuting), computer hardware (Keyboard, Liquid crystal displays, Mouse), fields of study (Ergonomics, Sociology and HCI), methods (Gesture recognition, Icons, Natural-language processing), societal issues (Cybersex, Workforce), and other subjects (Arpanet, Mosaic, Website design).

Article length averages 3-5 pages, with some longer articles, such as the 10-page History of HCI. Many entries are divided with boldface subheadings, enabling users to quickly identify main elements.

Names of article authors appear at the end of each article, usually followed by a list of see also references and a list of additional readings. Readings consist of books, articles, and Internet sites. Figures, tables, and photos are clear and aid understanding. Fifty-eight short sidebar entries provide added perspective within select articles. For example, the article Education in HCI includes a sidebar titled "A Personal Story--Bringing HCI into the 'Real World.'"

Both volumes include an alphabetical list of entries at the front and a set index in the back. Volume 1 also contains a list of sidebars and a list of all articles arranged under 10 general categories. The largest category, "Methods," has 35 articles. Appendixes include a combined list of further readings and an annotated list of HCI-related fiction and nonfiction books, works, films, TV and radio programs, and music. A glossary is also included but, at two pages, is perhaps too short.

This resource provides unique content not found in conventional encyclopedias on computers such as the Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (Facts on File, 2003). Somewhat advanced for high-school users, it should be useful in academic and larger public libraries. Stephen Fadel
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