Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 6, June

10 Web Tools to Create User-Friendly Sites
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Surprisingly, many tools exist on the web that can help your site become more inviting and easier to use. By now, you are probably familiar with the free tools offered by Flickr, del.icio.us, or YouTube for embedding images,...
Better, Faster, Stronger: Version Control for Everybody
COULD NEVER GET MY WORK DONE WITHOUT GOOD VERSION CONTROL, AND I'LL BET YOU'LL FEEL THE SAMEWAY.Last month I wrote about Lucene, the widely used general-purpose information retrieval toolkit, and Solr, the Lucene-based search application that makes using...
Better, Faster, Stronger: Version Control for Everybody: I Could Never Get My Work Done without Good Version Control, and I'll Bet You'll Feel the Same Way
Last month I wrote about Lucene, the widely used general-purpose information retrieval toolkit, and Solr, the Lucene-based search application that makes using Lucene easier than ever before. Sometimes you get lucky like this--when the tools you depend...
Chat Widgets on the Library Website: Help at the Point of Need
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The online social networking revolution has given users the desire for a very personal experience on the web. Our websites are frequently the first--or only--point of contact with users, but even with our best usability studies...
Fast and Easy Website Tuneups
Here is a great big handful of helpful hints to make your website one people want to use and reuse.1. Make sure your website's copyright statement is up-todate: If the copyright does not reflect the current year, users' trust in your site can be shaken....
Fast and Easy Website Tune-Ups
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here is a great big handful of helpful hints to make your website one people want to use and reuse. 1. Make sure your website's copyright statement is up-to-date: If the copyright does not reflect the current year, users'...
Get Connected, Get Rejuvenated
I'm writing from the annual Computers in Libraries conference in Washington, D.C., where after just 1 day I'm already feeling energized by being able to connect in person with so many people who are passionate about their work and the role technology...
Noted & Quoted
CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals announced that Gray Nyali, director of the Malawi National Library Service (MNLS), is the recipient of an International Award from the International Library and Information Group...
Step by Step to Information Nexus
I TEND TO REGARD LIBRARY WEBSITESAS THE MOST IMPORTANT GATEWAY TO OUR WORLD, INCLUDING THE PHYSICAL LIBRARIES WE MANAGE.Library websites play an interesting role in the universe of digital resources we now take for granted. We rely upon them daily, yet...
Step by Step to Information Nexus: I Tend to Regard Library Websites as the Most Important Gateway to Our World, Including the Physical Libraries We Manage
Library websites play an interesting role in the universe of digital resources we now take for granted. We rely upon them daily, yet we seem to have much to complain about. Many colleagues of mine are quick to find fault with large research library...
Striving for Excellence in Online Customer Service
As librarians, we all strive to provide good customer service within the walls of the library, examining and revising our practices and procedures as needed to ensure that they are efficient and easily understood by library users. Customer service...
Striving for Excellence in Online Customer Service
As librarians, we all strive to provide good customer service within the walls of the library, examining and revising our practices and procedures as needed to ensure that they are efficient and easily understood by library users. Customer service now...
The Secret to Patron-Centered Web Design: Cheap, Easy, and Powerful Usability Techniques
The secrets to patron-centered web design are to talk to your patrons and staff members and test, test, test.Any change on a library's website-no matter how necessary-is bound to be met with a little resistance from dedicated staff members and patrons....
The Secret to Patron-Centered Web Design: Cheap, Easy, and Powerful Usability Techniques: The Secrets to Patron-Centered Web Design Are to Talk to Your Patrons and Staff Members and Test, Test, Test
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Any change on a library's website--no matter how necessary--is bound to be met with a little resistance from dedicated staff members and patrons. After all, even a poorly designed or outdated site is usually simple to use...
Using Videos to Reach Site Visitors: A TOOLKIT FOR TODAY'S STUDENT
ln addition to keeping our users' needs in focus, the project has allowed us to create a product that is simple, reusable, easy to update, and useful in a number of different contexts.Today's students have grown up in an information environment very...
Using Videos to Reach Site Visitors: A Toolkit for Today's Student: In Addition to Keeping Our Users' Needs in Focus, the Project Has Allowed Us to Create a Product That Is Simple, Reusable, Easy to Update, and Useful in a Number of Different Contexts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today's students have grown up in an information environment very different from the one that many of us remember. They have been raised on the fast-paced edutainment of Sesame Street and have spent their adolescence watching...
Winning the Competition for Attention on the Web
IT'S JUST AS IMPORTANT TO OPTIMIZE THE PAGE TO MAXIMIZE ITS FINDABILITY IN THE SEARCH ENGINES.It's no big revelation to assert that the web has grown to be a more pervasive aspect of our lives. A recent study conducted by OCLC ("Sharing, Privacy and...
Winning the Competition for Attention on the Web: It's Just as Important to Optimize the Page to Maximize Its Findability in the Search Engines
It's no big revelation to assert that the web has grown to be a more pervasive aspect of our lives. A recent study conducted by OCLC ("Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World," 2007) shows that most of the major activities related to the...
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