Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, April

Ask Techman
Two readers have e-mailed to ask: How do you become a technology trainer? techman responds: I see more and more technology trainer positions being created, many without additional responsibilities in reference, tech services, or computer support....
Building and Running a Collaborative Internet Filter Is Akin to a Kansas Barn Raising
The filtering committee would apply CIPA standards and Kansas law in making decisions, and I would modify the server to block or unblock as they instructed.Our filtering project started out as a response to the passage of CIPA, the Children's Internet...
Building and Running a Collaborative Internet Filter Is Akin to a Kansas Barn Raising: The Filtering Committee Would Apply CIPA Standards and Kansas Law in Making Decisions, and I Would Modify the Server to Block or Unblock as They Instructed
Our filtering project started out as a response to the passage of CIPA, the Children's Internet Protection Act, in January of 2001. Originally called "onGuard," it was a service that the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS), where I work, created...
Conversion Conundrums and Training Traumas
Since the announcement of our impending switch of automation vendors, we have encountered many people who have felt compelled to comment on our decision. Their reactions have ranged from jubilant cries of "Welcome!" to what we will call thinly veiled...
Deciding Which Trade-Offs Are Acceptable
There are always trade-offs. In my years of working with library automation, that is a statement I've used often because I feel it is an absolute truth. With every advancement in technology, in every automation project, there are gains and there are...
How HOMELAND SECURITY Affects Spatial Information
"Interestingly, most of the spatial data that has been witdrawn by government agencies is available from other agencies or from the private sector."A recent article in Security-Focus1 described the fact that several U.S. government buildings in Washington,...
How Homeland Security Affects Spatial Information: "Interestingly, Most of the Spatial Data That Has Been Withdrawn by Government Agencies Is Available from Other Agencies or from the Private Sector."
A recent article in Security-Focus (1) described the fact that several U.S. government buildings in Washington, D.C., could no longer be clearly seen by people using MapQuest's aerial photo database. The resolution of aerial photos over the Capitol...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotions"As the demand for more professional staff in academic and public libraries intensifies, a larger percentage of the annual graduates of LIS programs may opt for employment in corporate libraries or for nontraditiona...
Protecting Personal Information
Millions trust the likes of eBay and Amazon.com with their credit cards and other personal information. Do your library's automated systems do enough to safeguard the privacy of your patrons? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Libraries are confronting new...
The Info Was There, Then-Poof!
This month's topic is the stickiest, yet most interesting, one we'll cover all year. Security vs. the Right to Know has solid arguments on both sides. First, it's obvious that we must keep the nation secure. We can't go around publishing the locations...
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Announced That Otis H. Stephens Jr., a UT Professor, and Mary T. Stephens, His Wife, Have Now Fully Funded an Endowment That Will Make Library Resources More Accessible to Students with Visual and Other Physical Disabilities
The University of Tennessee--Knoxville announced that Otis H. Stephens Jr., a UT professor, and Mary T. Stephens, his wife, have now fully funded an endowment that will make library resources more accessible to students with visual and other physical...
Toward a More Practical Patriotism
PATRIOT Act. Ashcroft. Terror. ACLU. ALA. There, now I have my Justice Department Total Information Awareness keywords out of the way. That should expedite the Feds' latest entry in my FBI file (I now proudly say that I had one before I became a librarian)....
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