Information Technology and Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, June

An Assessment of Student Satisfaction with a Circulating Laptop Service
Since May of 2000, Colorado State University's (CSU) Morgan Library has provided a laptop computer lending service. In five years the service had expanded from 20 to 172 laptops. Although the service was deemed a success, users complained about slow...
Discovering the Library with Google Earth
Libraries need to provide attractive and exciting discovery tools to draw patrons to the valuable resources in their catalogs. The authors conducted a pilot project to explore the free version of Google Earth as such a discover tool for Portland State...
Editorial
The catalog. Love it? Hate it? Depending upon who is speaking, it may be cast as the ultimate portal that enables user access to all local and networked resources, or it may be a tool of Byzantine complexity, comprehensible at best to but a small fraction...
Editorial Board Thoughts
Any librarian who has been following the professional literature at all in the past ten years knows that there has been an increasing emphasis on user-centeredness in the design and creation of library services. Librarians are trying to understand...
Metadata to Support Next-Generation Library Resource Discovery: Lessons from the eXtensible Catalog, Phase 1
The eXtensible Catalog (XC) Project at the University of Rochester will design and develop a set of open-source applications to provide libraries with an alternative way to reveal their collections to library users. The goals and functional requirements...
Preparing Locally Encoded Electronic Finding Aid Inventories for Union Environments: A Publishing Model for Encoded Archival Description
This paper will briefly discuss encoded archival description (EAD) finding aids, the workflow and process involved in encoding finding aids using EAD metadata standard, our institution's current publishing model for EAD finding aids, current EAD metadata...
President's Message
I've recently read three quite different articles that surprisingly all had something similar to say with a different twist on the theme uppermost in my brain the last year or two. Here's the briefest of quotes from the three. I would suggest your...