Information Technology and Libraries

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, March

Content-Based Information Retrieval and Digital Libraries
This paper discusses the applications and importance of content-based information retrieval technology in digital libraries. It generalizes the process and analyzes current examples in four areas of the technology. Content-based information retrieval...
Editorial: Beginnings
As I write these lines in late February, the first hints of spring on the Alberta prairie are manifest. Alternatively, perhaps it's just that the longer and warmer days are causing me to "think spring." There are no signs yet of early bulbs--at least,...
FRBRization of a Library Catalog: Better Collocation of Records, Leading to Enhanced Search, Retrieval, and Display
The Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR)'s hierarchical system defines families of bibliographic relationship between records and collocates them better than most extant bibliographic systems. Certain library materials (especially...
Online Workplace Training in Libraries
This study was designed to explore and describe the relationships between preference for online training and traditional face-to-face training. Included were variables of race, gender, age, education, experience of library employees, training providers,...
President's Message: Doing Something about Life's Persistent Problems?
Currently we librarians seem to be hitching our wagon to the idea of library as community because in part it's what we ourselves want. We've seen that our LITA members want more community from our association, so it makes sense to us that our patrons...
Revitalizing the Library OPAC: Interface, Searching, and Display Challenges
The behavior of academic library users has drastically changed in recent years. Internet search engines have become the preferred tool over the library online public access catalog (OPAC) for finding information. Libraries are losing ground to online...
Touchable Online Braille Generator
A prototype of a touchable online Braille generator has been developed for the visually impaired or blind using force feedback technology, which has been used in video games for years. Without expensive devices, this prototype allows blind people to...
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