Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 6, June

Balancing Technical and Social Participation
Over the past couple of months, I've meandered away from the topic of dynamic, participatory libraries, so I'll return to it now. I've mentioned iTunes a few times already, and this month we'll take a closer look at its technical model of sharing,...
Being like the Big Guys
When I was working full time a few years back as a systems librarian at a smaller public library, I often suffered from what I can only call techno-envy. I'd read the articles describing the fabulous projects. I'd visit the new buildings and stand...
CIL '07 Conference Was Bigger Than Ever
The annual Computers in Libraries Conference enjoyed record attendance again this year, according to Tom Hogan Sr., president and CEO of the sponsor Information Today, Inc. Including the Internet@Schools East part of the conference, more attendees...
I'm a Librarian, Not a Lawyer!
I'm writing this column in the middle of tax season. Those of you in public libraries are probably already nodding your heads knowingly. We have stacks of forms and instructions located near the door in an attempt to make it easier for patrons to quickly...
Lessons for Thorny Issues
This month we're looking at many of the legal issues that librarians have to face, like patron privacy, copyright, plagiarism, record retention, and the USA PATRIOT Act. These topics are, as I'm fond of saying, the ones that everyone wants to read...
Making Digital Information Accessible Is a Group Effort
The pen may be mightier than the sword, but the sword is a pretty low bar--or blade--when it comes to effecting lasting social change. Making information technology accessible to--and usable by--everyone is first and foremost a social challenge, not...
New Jersey Library Conference Covers Privacy and Freedom
As a new member of the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA), I'd been looking forward to its annual conference in Long Branch all year. Since I just attended it in late April, while finishing work on this June issue of CIL, it was serendipity that...
Noted & Quoted
The New Jersey State Library announced the appointment of Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer as associate state librarian and director of the New Jersey Library Development Bureau (LDB).Moeller-Peiffer has been deputy director of LDB and grants manager since 2003....
The Sun Sets on Horizon
On March 13, 2007, SirsiDynix announced that it had discontinued development of Horizon and would consolidate its future ILS efforts on Unicorn. This news sent a shockwave through the library community, further breaking the increasingly fragile ties...
Train Employees and Officials to Be Ready for Privacy Challenges
Don't find out the hard way that you and your staff do not know how to respond when the police come knocking on your door in search of information that's contained in your library's customer records. You may believe that you are prepared, but unless...
Understanding PLAGIARISM AND How It Differs from Copyright Infrigement
Ohio University, the oldest public university in the state of Ohio, is an institution with an enrollment of about 20,000 students. For the past year, the university has been besieged by a crippling plagiarism scandal. Based on an alumnus' allegations...
Understanding Plagiarism and How It Differs from Copyright Infringement
Ohio University, the oldest public university in the state of Ohio, is an institution with an enrollment of about 20,000 students. For the past year, the university has been besieged by a crippling plagiarism scandal. Based on an alumnus' allegations...
What Happened to Me When the Police Came Knocking
When the police asked me for some patron information, I followed the letter of the law. But that didn't keep me out of trouble.My experience is one that probably occurs with alarming regularity to professional librarians all over the United States: The...
What Happened to Me When the Police Came Knocking: When the Police Asked Me for Some Patron Information, I Followed the Letter of the Law. but That Didn't Keep Me out of Trouble
My experience is one that probably occurs with alarming regularity to professional librarians all over the United States: The police came knocking at my door--without proper documentation--and asking for information about a patron. My name is Michele...
Zooming in on Copyright with Integrated Library Software Services
Digital cameras have come a long way in the last few years, and so have library technologies. Our ILSs and OPACs give us wide-angle services like consortium resource sharing or macro features such as robust limit/sort functions that provide exactly...
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