Libraries Expand Computer Technology

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Byline: Scott Silvestri Daily Herald Staff Writer

Students trying to hustle together current articles for a last-minute term paper might appreciate the latest addition to the Warren-Newport Library.

Shortcomings of searchable periodical databases that were once limited to a only a handful of computers are what led library officials to make a change.

In the coming days, library visitors will be able to sit down at one of 15 computers that will be hooked up to a on-line database.

The "SearchBank" database will have up-to-date access to general interest magazines, business periodicals and other publications, said Janice Marsh, library spokeswoman.

Library members who have personal computers can also access the database from home, she added.

Full articles or citations from as far as four years back are accessible through the on-line service. Periodical citations from more than 10 years ago are also in the system, she explained.

The databases once on CD-ROM could only be accessed on a small number of computers and had periodicals that were more than a month old, Marsh said.

Meanwhile, at the Grayslake Public Library, officials will just now be getting the CD-ROM technology once they move into their new location in December, said Administrative Librarian Roberta Thomas. …