Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 8, September

A Checkup with Open Source Software Revitalizes an Early Electronic Resource Portal
We had created a system that would allow our patrons to do multiple searches, click directly through to a provider, and download a full-text article in the time that the old system would have still been waiting for the initial search to complete.The...
A Checkup with Open Source Software Revitalizes an Early Electronic Resource Portal: We Had Created a System That Would Allow Our Patrons to Do Multiple Searches, Click Directly through to a Provider, and Download a Full-Text Article in the Time That the Old System Would Have Still Been Waiting for the Initial Search to Complete
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, located on the National Naval Medical Center's campus in Bethesda, Md., is a medical education and research facility for the nation's military and public health community. In order to support...
Carrying the Library in Your Pocket
I was researching and writing this column knowing that the market for mobile devices might soon be radically changed by the eagerly anticipated release of Apple's iPhone. As a longtime Mac user and owner of four iPods, I am hoping that the iPhone is...
Connecting and Communicating with Students on Facebook
To really connect with students on Facebook, you have to realize that most of them read information that Facebook puts in front of them, not what they seek out on their own."I'm on Facebook.I've created a Group for my library.Now what?"This is the question...
Connecting and Communicating with Students on Facebook: To Really Connect with Students on Facebook, You Have to Realize That Most of Them Read Information That Facebook Puts in Front of Them, Not What They Seek out on Their Own
"I'm on Facebook. I've created a Group for my library. Now what?" This is the question surfacing on many of the Facebook Groups that librarians have created to share ideas and to debate how to use this resource as a potential marketing and/or reference...
Customizing Remote Library Service
Just a couple of decades ago, having a theme called Serving Remote and Mobile Users wouldn't have even made sense. But in 2007, making data and services available outside the library is not only commonplace; it's actually necessary. People expect a...
Embedding a Librarian in Your Web Site Using Meebo
Did last year's "FASTER IM" article fire you up for on-the-cheap virtual reference? Have you launched your own instant messaging "ask a librarian" service and added it to your workflow? Are you ready for the next step? Then read on. And don't worry,...
Keeping Up with User Communities
We've put a great deal of thought into how to pipe digital resources to all of the places they're needed. And we've seen some important successes. In particular, government information is an area for which Web sites provide very helpful and detailed...
Librarians Face Online Social Networks
An important part of life is developing social and professional networks. It's not something we necessarily think about overtly, but we each live in a fabric of relationships of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and professional colleagues. Opportunities...
Noted & Quoted
The Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) has announced that Andrew Pace, head of information technology at North Carolina State University Libraries, is its new vice president/president-elect. Pace has served on the LITA board of directors...
One Teenager's Advice to Adults on How to Avoid Being Creepy on Facebook
MySpace snuck up on me. By the time I even considered creating a profile for myself, nearly every other kid my age that I knew had one and was doing whatever it is you do on MySpace. I couldn't understand what advantages it possessed over traditional...
ReadyGo Delivers an Online Tutorial
MY GOAL WAS TO HAVE A LEGISLATIVE AIDE CREATE AN ONLINE TUTORIAL. BUT FIRST I HAD TO LEARN ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND WEB COURSE DEVELOPMENT, THEN CHOOSE MY SOFTWARE PACKAGE, SET IT UP, AND TEACH THE AIDE HOW TO WORK WITH IT- ALL IN 3 MONTHS.Working...
ReadyGo Delivers an Online Tutorial: My Goal Was to Have a Legislative Aide Create an Online Tutorial. but First I Had to Learn about the Technology Behind Web Course Development, Then Choose My Software Package, Set It Up, and Teach the Aide How to Work with It-All in 3 Months
Working as a legislative reference librarian at the Connecticut State Library exposes me to many complex topics. Law, by nature, is a multidisciplinary field involving social issues and legal ramifications. Each year when the legislature is in session...
Social Software: You Are an Access Point
The hottest social network of 2007 seems to be Facebook. I entered university in 1989, and we had a paper facebook. We used it for all the reasons college freshmen at a Big 10 school used a facebook. And somehow there was always that one guy who had...
The Library Promotion Side of ALA Annual 2007
This year I built my ALA conference schedule around the numerous events that had to do with promoting and marketing libraries. When I'm wearing my other hat, that of editor of Marketing Library Services newsletter, those topics are my main concern....