Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 6, June

CIPA Arguments Heard in Philadelphia District Court
After 9 days in federal court, the civil case brought against the U.S. government jointly by the Multnomah County (Oregon) Public Library, the American Library Association (ALA), and the American Civil Liberties Union came to a close on April 4. The...
CIPA Arguments Heard in Philadelphia District Court. (Newsline Reports)
After 9 days in federal court, the civil case brought against the U.S. government jointly by the Multnomah County (Oregon) Public Library, the American Library Association (ALA), and the American Civil Liberties Union came to a close on April 4. The...
Dealing with Policies. (Editor's Notes)
Every library has policies. You need them to govern the way things run, to keep your patrons happy, to keep your world (or your system) from crashing down around you. It's one of life's little ironies, though, that everybody needs policies, yet...
Diving into the Deep Waters of Information Technology Support
I dived right into a library technology job with no written work policy or job description. We figured we'd make them up as we went along. And it's worked out great! I learned to dive in my early 20s, and I feel right at home in the deep. Then in 2000,...
Diving into the Deep Waters of Information Technology Support: I Dived Right into a Library Technology Job with No Written Work Policy or Job Description. We Figured We'd Make Them Up as We Went along. and It's Worked out Great!
I learned to dive in my early 20s, and I feel right at home in the deep. Then in 2000, when I was fresh out of library school, the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) offered me a position that reminded me of scuba diving at night without lights-immensely...
Editor's Notes: Dealing with Policies
Every library has policies. You need them to govern the way things run, to keep your patrons happy, to keep your world (or your system) from crashing down around you. It's one of life's little ironies, though, that everybody needs policies, yet nobody...
Enforcer of Web Policies
Until recently I was the sole person at my library responsible for enforcing our Web policies, a task I never enjoyed. Many libraries have Web policies, those written documents that define acceptable content and presentation for official Web pages. Until...
Enforcer of Web Policies. (Building Digital Libraries)
Many libraries have Web policies, those written documents that define acceptable content and presentation for official Web pages. Until recently (when my job description changed), I was the sole person at my library responsible for enforcing our Web...
How We Wrote a Policy on Handling Complaints about Offensive Computer Displays
We knew our policy and procedures needed to be clearly written and specific. But too much detail would make them difficult to use. So-like tightrope walkers-we set out to find the right balance between the two sides. It's not always easy to deal...
Molding Effective Internet Policies
We formed a committee to shape and define our existing Internet policies and to help member libraries craft their own. I'll share the process we've used and some 'extras' we have found useful. The last century saw a remarkable transformation in public...
Molding Effective Internet Policies: We Formed a Committee to Shape and Define Our Existing Internet Policies and to Help Member Libraries Craft Their Own. I'll Share the Process We've Used and Some 'Extras' We Have Found Useful
The last century saw a remarkable transformation in public libraries, from Andrew Carnegie's buildings that would ensure the "education and improvement of the poorer classes" to the glorious modern facilities in which people across the socio-economic...
Neal-Schuman Publishers Releases New Titles Focused on Electronic Services for Patrons
Attracting, Educating, and Serving Remote Users Through the Web: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, edited by Donnelyn Curtis (ISBN: 1-55570-436-0, $55), brings together practical advice and techniques from 10 accomplished professionals in the field....
The Next Big Thing: Super-PDAs Do It All
Get ready for a wireless hand-held computer that will be your friend and run your life. The board of trustees accepted my proposal to phase out our LinkNet service over the next year. I'll save that whole story for a future article. Anyway, Ellen, our...
The Next Big Thing: Super-PDAs Do It All. (the View from the Top Left Corner)
The board of trustees accepted my proposal to phase out our LinkNet service over the next year. I'll save that whole story for a future article. Anyway, Ellen, our director, kindly mentioned some of LinkNet's successes. One person on the board suggested...
Useful Resources for Writing Library Policies
When I was first approached about writing this column nearly 15 years ago, it seemed a good fit. I was interested in making a contribution to my profession that reached beyond my daily job, and since I had been an English major during my undergraduate...
Useful Resources for Writing Library Policies. (Online Treasures)
When I was first approached about writing this column nearly 15 years ago, it seemed a good fit. I was interested in making a contribution to my profession that reached beyond my daily job, and since I had been an English major during my undergraduate...
Writing a Library Training Policy
A training policy is like a driver's license-having one ensures that you've prepared for what's ahead. Do you need a driver's license to drive a car? Not really-if you can reach the pedals, see over the steering wheel, and steer halfway decently, you...
Writing a Library Training Policy. (Techman's Techpage)
Do you need a driver's license to drive a car? Not really--if you can reach the pedals, see over the steering wheel, and steer halfway decently, you can drive whether you have a license or not. But the process of getting a license ensures that you've...
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