Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 3, April

Determining If Open Source Is Right for You
Open source is a solution that is often thrown around these days as the answer to dwindling IT budgets and frustrations with traditional software tools that lock out access to data structures and business logic. But in today's complex environment,...
Implementing a Discovery Layer: A Rookie's Season
It is now 2012, and it seems so long ago that we sponsored our 2010 Discovery Layer 500 race to choose a new search interface for the PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) consortium. It would take another year to complete the task. In...
Lowering the Threshold for Automation in Small Libraries
SUCCESSFUL TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATIONS MOST OFTEN INVOLVE A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN A LIBRARY AND AN EXTERNAL SUPPORT ORGANIZATION.It's striking to me that here in the U.S. - the world's wealthiest country - so many small public libraries in rural areas and...
Lowering the Threshold for Automation in Small Libraries: Successful Technology Implementations Most Often Involve a Partnership between a Library and an External Support Organization
It's striking to me that here in the U.S.--the world's wealthiest country--so many small public libraries in rural areas and small towns either rely on outdated systems or have no automation at all. We have some of the world's most technologically...
New Technology, New Workflows, New Ways to Collaborate
For my column this month I want to address a perennial challenge we all face: namely, how to keep up with successive waves of new technology, the new workflows they engender, and the new relationships they require us to form with our user populations....
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) announced that Keith Wilson, Liz McGettigan, Mike Hosking, and Maria Cotera have been elected councilors. They will serve on the CILIP council...
Simple Sites Help Teach Users How and Why
Part of my job as a technology instructor is taking a system that is a big question mark to many people and turning it into something they could be cautiously optimistic about. This is not necessarily easy. Simple, consistent interfaces and clean design...
The Ins and Outs of Evaluating Web-Scale Discovery Services
LIBRARIANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE TRYING TO LEARN WHAT WSD SERVICES ARE AND HOW THEY WORK.By now, we librarians are familiar with the single-line form, the consolidated index, which represents a very large portion of a library's print and online collection....
The Ins and Outs of Evaluating Web-Scale Discovery Services: Librarians around the World Are Trying to Learn What WSD Services Are and How They Work
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] By now, we librarians are familiar with the single-line form, the consolidated index, which represents a very large portion of a library's print and online collection. Our end users certainly are familiar with the idea of...
There Are Always Possibilities
Mr. Spock, of Star Trek fame, is often quoted, perhaps inaccurately, as having said, "There are always possibilities." Whether the quote is correct or not, it sums up my feelings about the use of technology in the library. When implemented in the best...