Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 9, October

Analyzing Web Server Logs to Improve a Site's Usage
One of the projects that I've been working on in the last few weeks involves trying to increase the visibility and effectiveness of one of the Web sites I maintain. I've mentioned my involvement with Vanderbilt University's Television News Archive...
Ask Techman
T.F. from The University of Akron writes: What's the difference between Internet telephony, like Skype, and Internet phone service, like Vonage? techman responds: Let's start with the similarities--they both use the Voice over Internet Protocol...
Ask Techman: ADVICE
T. F. from The University of Akron writes: What's the difference between Internet telephony, like Skype, and Internet phone service, like Vonage?techman responds: Let's start with the similarities-they both use the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)...
Check Your Tie at the Door and Think outside the Box at AusWeb05
In July, I gave a keynote at the 11th Australasian World Wide Web Conference (AusWeb05; http://ausweb.scu.edu.au). The event was held on Australia's Gold Coast, about 400 miles north of Sydney. AusWeb is endorsed by the International World Wide Web...
Closing the Circle
In case you couldn't tell from the title, it's come time for me to wrap up this column--to close the circle. This was not an easy decision, and it was not made lightly. The demands of another monthly column, increased responsibilities at work, and...
Designing a BETTER SUBJECT PAGE to Make Users' Searches More Successful
Watching the way our students search-noting what makes sense to them and what doesn't-showed us exactly how to improve our subject pages.Library Web teams invest significant time and energy trying to create usable Web sites. Despite the ongoing efforts...
Designing a Better Subject Page to Make Users' Searches More Successful: Watching the Way Our Students Search-Noting What Makes Sense to Them and What Doesn't-Showed Us Exactly How to Improve Our Subject Pages
Library Web teams invest significant time and energy trying to create usable Web sites. Despite the ongoing efforts to make them more friendly, studies have shown that visitors have difficulty using library sites to locate journal articles. (1) ...
Designing a Web Site for One Imaginary Persona That Reflects the Needs of Many
Does designing a large academic library Web site for an imaginary person seem a sensible thing to do? As a reference librarian and member of the Web team of the Gerstein Science Information Centre (Gerstein Library), that is exactly what I set out...
Does Your Library's Web Site Pass the Usability Test?
In days that seem very long ago, when the card catalog was the only way to search a library's collection, there was very little debate about the usability of the catalog. Librarians were most concerned about properly formatting catalog cards and, of...
Include Your Patrons in Web Design
Web publishing has become the communication medium of the masses. Doesn't it seem like everybody including your grandmother has a blog or Web site? In response, the marketplace has developed an ever-expanding array of tools, applications, and techniques...
Noted & Quoted
The Corning Museum of Glass announced that Diane Dolbashian was appointed head librarian of its Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library. In this position, she will oversee the operation of the Rakow, including acquisitions and public outreach.Most...
Our Brains Are Different
I'll bet that most of you have funny stories that illustrate the fact that you don't think like everyone else does. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's been ridiculed for alphabetizing all my record albums and CDs. Friends have also been aghast when...
Using Participatory Design to Improve Web Sites
After I digitized medieval Slavic manuscripts, I learned why there are so few Web sites about medieval studies and how participatory design can help build useful ones.In a previous adventure (Computers in Libraries, April 2002), I told readers how I...
Using Participatory Design to Improve Web Sites: After I Digitized Medieval Slavic Manuscripts, I Learned Why There Are So Few Web Sites about Medieval Studies and How Participatory Design Can Help Build Useful Ones
In a previous adventure (Computers in Libraries, April 2002), I told readers how I saved deteriorating treasures for further study by digitizing Slavic medieval manuscripts. A great deal of trial and error went into capturing those photos and producing...
What We've Learned from Doing Usability Testing on OpenURL Resolvers and Federated Search Engines
OpenURL resolvers and federated search engines are two exciting services that libraries are beginning to offer. For some librarians, these services may seem "old hat" by now, but for the majority these services are still in the early stages of implementation...