Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, March

Automating the Antiquated: Revolutionizing the Card Catalog
Few libraries can survive in the pre sent-day without offering online access to their collections. However, until recently the David Library of the American Revolution, in Washington Crossing Pennsylvania, where I spent my 'first professional year...
Automating Your IT Help Desk
Our call center provides information and resources to users, as well as direct help to those who encounter difficulty with hardware or software applications. Problems are inevitable when you have to interact with automation. Whether it's the hardware...
Automating Your IT Help Desk: Our Call Center Provides Information and Resources to Users, as Well as Direct Help to Those Who Encounter Difficulty with Hardware or Software Applications. (Techman's Techpage)
Problems are inevitable when you have to interact with automation. Whether it's the hardware acting up or software not doing what it's supposed to do, you'll eventually need help. And where do you turn? Whom do you call? Currently, the Purdue Libraries'...
Automation, the Second Time Around
online treasures On the surface, it seems as if implementing a new automation system should be easier the second time around... Nothing lasts forever, especially in the world of technology. I have to admit that as much as I like the excitement surrounding...
Automation, the Second Time Around: On the Surface, It Seems as If Implementing a New Automation System Should Be Easier the Second Time around. (Online Treasures)
Nothing lasts forever, especially in the world of technology. I have to admit that as much as I like the excitement surrounding new things, I would also like some things to last, if not forever, at least just a bit longer. For example, I drive a '95...
Constant Change: The 4-Year Cycle for Software and Hardware
It's no secret that all aspects of information technology are changing at a rate that's impossible to keep up with. This is true of both hardware and software. The life cycle of any one element appears to be about 4 years. That's not to say that we don't...
Constant Change: The 4-Year Cycle for Software and Hardware: As the Software We Use Gets Phased out, the Hardware We Once Abandoned Is Making a Comeback. (the View from the Top Left Corner)
It's no secret that all aspects of information technology are changing at a rate that's impossible to keep up with. This is true of both hardware and software. The life cycle of any one element appears to be about 4 years. That's not to say that we...
It's All about Automation
Keeping up with library automation technology has got to be one of the biggest parts of your jobs. That's part of why Computers in Libraries magazine is here. And that's also why we've devoted this special issue to Library Automation Today. As systems...
It's All about Automation. (Editor's Notes)
Keeping up with library automation technology has got to be one of the biggest parts of your jobs. That's part of why Computers in Libraries magazine is here. And that's also why we've devoted this special issue to Library Automation Today. As systems...
Making a Catalog Upgrade Go More Smoothly
Upgrading your automated system doesn't have to be a bad experience. It isn't surprising that people who build digital libraries need to do a lot of remodeling these days, because there are constant changes in technology and changes in our understanding...
Making a Catalog Upgrade Go More Smoothly: Upgrading Your Automated System Doesn't Have to Be a Bad Experience. (Building Digital Libraries)
It isn't surprising that people who build digital libraries need to do a lot of remodeling these days, because there are constant changes in technology and changes in our understanding of how patrons use our digital services. On top of that, the number...
Mobilize Your Instruction Program with Wireless Technology
From cataloging and inventory to circulating laptop computers, librarians are finding more and better ways to use wireless technology. You may want to consider whether your library could make a bigger impact by integrating wireless into its bibliographic...
Murphy Was a Librarian: A Case Study in How Not to Handle a Systems Crash
Wednesday and Thursday: Murphy Drops By the Library The first indication of a problem was subtle. Whereas a few minutes before it had been possible to access Drake Memorial Library's online catalog, now the only access was to an error message: "There...
People & Places
The University of Iowa Libraries has announced the appointment of Jean Williams Sayre to the position of director of Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Most recently, Sayre was the associate director of the National Network of Libraries of...
The Case of the Missing Students, and How We Reached Them with Streaming Media
Motive, Means, Opportunity It was about 10 a.m., mid-February in New England, and the biting smell of snow was in the air. It was so cold that the students had foregone their usual shorts and sandals in favor of something a little less revealing....
Today's PDAs Can Put an OPAC in the Palm of Your Hand
Here's a primer on PDAs in general, and on their emerging library usage in particular. Handheld computing is here. Our patrons are coming into our libraries with those cellphones, personal digital assistants, Blackberries, and myriad other computing...
Today's PDAs Can Put an OPAC in the Palm of Your Hand: Here's a Primer on PDAs in General, and on Their Emerging Library Usage in Particular
Handheld computing is here. Our patrons are coming into our libraries with those cellphones, personal digital assistants, Blackberries, and myriad other computing devices that are approximately the size of a human hand. But have you realized that some...
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