Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, February

Circulation Technologies from Past to Future
I BELIEVE THAT ORGANIZATIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM RESISTING THE TEMPTATION TO OVER-AUTOMATE AND MAKING THE INVESTMENTS IN THEIR PERSONNELWhile they're not the most glamorous jobs, checking in and checking out materials are some of the more vital aspects...
Circulation Technologies from Past to Future: I Believe That Organizations Can Benefit from Resisting the Temptation to Over-Automate and Making the Investments in Their Personnel
While they're not the most glamorous jobs, checking in and checking out materials are some of the more vital aspects of library automation. This key component operates in the crucial juncture between staffers and patrons. The automated circulation...
Conveying Content along Many Pathways
WHETHER WE'RE MOVING BOOKS BY MACHINE, BY NETWORK, OR ONLINE, OUR GOAL SHOULD ALWAYS BE TO REMAIN RESPONSIVE TO USERS AND THEIR PREFERRED ACCESS MODES.Checkout, circulation, collection management: We can automate it all, right? And the internet makes...
Conveying Content along Many Pathways: Whether We're Moving Books by Machine, by Network, or Online, Our Goal Should Always Be to Remain Responsive to Users and Their Preferred Access Modes
Checkout, circulation, collection management: We can automate it all, right? And the internet makes it easy, just "put it all online" as one of my faculty members likes to tell me. But we know better. Automating basic functions in libraries is complex,...
Dispensing with the DVD Circulation DILEMMA
The Mediabank dispensers we bought have virtually eliminated disc theft, and they reliably handle the entire circulation cycle for 8,000 to 10,000 DVDs per month with very little staff involvement.Richmond Public Library (RPL) is a four-branch suburban...
Dispensing with the DVD Circulation Dilemma: The Mediabank Dispensers We Bought Have Virtually Eliminated Disc Theft, and They Reliably Handle the Entire Circulation Cycle for 8,000 to 10,000 DVDs per Month with Very Little Staff Involvement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Richmond Public Library (RPL) is a four-branch suburban library with the highest per capita circulation of any comparable library in Canada. Circulation growth has consistently outpaced the growth in our budgetary resources,...
Drawing the Line on Tech Support
Patrons look to librarians for authoritative answers, but our authority often stops where technology begins. As our society, though, becomes more and more technology-dependent and as the cost of and frustration with official tech support channels continue...
Let Me Draw You a Picture
I DON'T THINK WE ALL NEED TO BECOME CODERS, BUT I DO THINK A LOT MORE OF US NEED TO BE ABLE TO THINK LIKE CODERS AND TO ABSORB THAT MIND-SET INTO OUR DAILY PRACTICE. ...Last month I ranted about my hope to bridge the "techie versus nontechie" divide...
Let Me Draw You a Picture: I Don't Think We All Need to Become Coders, but I Do Think a Lot More of Us Need to Be Able to Think like Coders and to Absorb That Mind-Set into Our Daily Practice
Last month I ranted about my hope to bridge the "techie versus nontechie" divide among librarians. Looking back at what I wrote, it was a bit much--I don't really expect many of you to drop this magazine and go learn Python or sign up for a class in...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsOCLC announced the appointment of Andrew Pace as executive director of networked library services. In this role, he will guide the development of network-level services for libraries.Most recently, Pace was head...
Our Journey Down the Self-Check Road
Even though several issues remain to be solved, self-checkout is already becoming popular with patrons.Everyone has had the experience of going to the grocery store and finding that all the checkout lines are busy. You look over at the self-checkout...
Our Journey Down the Self-Check Road: Even Though Several Issues Remain to Be Solved, Self-Checkout Is Already Becoming Popular with Patrons
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Everyone has had the experience of going to the grocery store and finding that all the checkout lines are busy. You look over at the self-checkout machines, and there's a free station. You're in a hurry, so you think, "How...
Self-Check: A Lesson in Mistaken Assumptions
It was a reasonable assumption that the well-educated, technology-savvy community of Hanover, N.H., home to Dartmouth College, would be a willing adopter of the first self-checkout station at its public library. It was a reasonable assumption that...
Self-Check: It's All about the Service
As practicing librarians, we all strive to provide the best possible service. While this has always been important, it is now essential to ensure the survival of the library in this age of readily available internet access. Determining what constitutes...
Self-Check Systems
This article, the first installment of CIL's 2008 Helping You Buy series, provides an in-depth look at library self-check systems from 11 vendors. The chart you'll find on the following pages will help you to quickly and easily compare products from...
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced that it has awarded $650,000 in prizes to 10 not-for-profit institutions in its second annual Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration. These awards recognize not-for-profit organizations for leadership in...
With This Issue, I'm Checking Out
Last year, when I planned this issue on self-check functionality, I knew it would be good to cover the latest advancements in this growing area of library tech. What I didn't know is that this theme would end up as a sort of self-fulfilling phrase....