Information Technology and Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 4, December

Editorial
As I write this, Hurricane Ike is within twelve hours of making landfall in Texas; currently, it appears that the storm will strike directly at the Houston-Galveston area. Houstonians with long memories will be comparing Ike to Hurricane Alicia, which...
Evaluation of the New Jersey Digital Highway
The aim of this research is to study the usefulness of the New Jersey Digital Highway (NJDH, www.njdigitalhigh way.org) and its portal structure. The NJDH intends to provide an immersive and user-centered portal for New Jersey history and culture....
"Just-in-Case" Answers: The Twenty-First-Century Vertical File
This article discusses the use of OCLC's QuestionPoint service for managing electronic publications and other items that fall outside the scope of OCLC Library's OPAC and Web resources pages, yet need to be "put somewhere." The local knowledge base...
Metaphor's Role in the Information Behavior of Humans Interacting with Computers
Metaphors convey information, communicate abstractions, and help us understand new concepts. While the nascent field of information behavior (IB) has adopted common metaphors like "berry-picking" and "gap-bridging" for its models, the study of how...
Playing Tag in the Dark: Diagnosing Slowness in Library Response Time
In this article the author explores how the systems department at the Auraria Library (which serves more than thirty thousand primarily commuting students at the University of Colorado-Denver, the Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Community...
President's Message
In my first column, I mentioned that the LITA board's main objective is "to oversee the affairs of the division during the period between meetings." Of course, oversight requires communication. Sometimes this is among board members, or it's an e-mail...
The Iowa City Flood of 2008: A Librarian and IT Professional's Perspective
Do you like to chase fire trucks? Do you enjoy watching a raft of adventurers go over the waterfall, careening from rock to rock? Well, this is a story of the Iowa City flood of 2008, a flood projected to happen once every five hundred years, from...