Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 9, October

A Day in the Life of a LAN Administrator
Of all the the individuals working in a library, systems librarians who double as local area network administrators may be the least understood in terms of what their jobs entail. All of us can call up a mental picture of what the generic reference...
Getting to Know Wide Area Information Servers
By now you probably heard of wide area information servers, or WAIS (pronounced "ways"). Articles on WAIS have appeared in UNIX Today!, MacWeek, Byte, Online and even the New York Times and the San Jose Mercury News. Brewster Kahle, the creator of...
ISDN to the Rescue - but Whose?
Just recently I attended a BBS convention in a fancy hotel where there were escalators between floors. It was soon apparent to everyone that if you held onto the handrail, your body would be stretched to a thread by the time you could get off, because...
My Computer Is Better Than Yours
My career involves the management of personal computers. I take part in decisions concerning the purchase, maintenance, and implementation of hardware, software, networks, and online systems. We all know that there is an enormous amount of development...
Nationalism and Networking in Yugoslavia
When we think of networking we usually think of supportive systems, open channels of communication, information sharing and dispersal, links between users, databases, and computers. Networks are designed to bring knowledge and information to users...
Optical Imaging Project Links Spain to Southern California
Five hundred years after Columbus, the world of history and optical disc storage technology have come together for a celebration of the explorer's (in)famous voyage to America. In one of the largest, multimillion dollar optical storage projects...
Organize Your Personal Library Using dBase III Plus
Every book, record or compact disc collector can relate to the experience of trying to manage a growing title collection. We typically start with a simple author arrangement. Then, out of curiosity or necessity, we start rearranging. We may want to...
Out of This World: SuperPaint 3.0
As we started this series of articles in 1985, we brought the zeal of the evangelist to our writing. We lauded the Mac's ease of use. We trumpeted the wonderful new world of WYSIWYG, the fact that what we saw on the screen is what we got on the printed...
Teaching with HyperCard in Place of a Textbook
Editors note: A version of this paper was presented at the Computers in Libraries conference, March 7, 1992, in Washington, DC. This article is the first in a new series devoted to computerized bibliographic instruction. Potential contributors may...
The Mac Takes Its Place in the World of BBS
Regular readers of this column know that I have a decided preference for the Macintosh. In the BBS world, however, most systems run on IBM-compatible microcomputers, and it's not unusual to see a BBS devoted to Macintosh concerns running on a DOS machine....