Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 4, April

Ask Techman
MB from Auburn University writes: How can you convince people to switch to a DSL or cable modem? My mother was recently scammed by a Trojan horse that took over her dialer and accessed a number in Sweden--it took 3 days arguing with both the phone...
Automation Aids
Checkpoint Offers Self-Checkout InnovationsCheckpoint Systems announced new capabilities for its RFID-driven Intelligent Library System (ILS) Patron Self-Checkout Station. DiscMate enables secure self-checkout of CDs and DVDs. It has intelligent unlocking...
Following the Yellow Brick Road to Simplified Link Management
Developing a database to maintain my library's links made everyone's lives easier and provided users with a valuable resource.You want me to add how many links?" "Why doesn't the description for Google on this page match the description we have on the...
Following the Yellow Brick Road to Simplified Link Management: Developing a Database to Maintain My Library's Links Made Everyone's Lives Easier and Provided Users with a Valuable Resource
"You want me to add how many links?" "Why doesn't the description for Google on this page match the description we have on the other pages?" These were questions that my Research Links Team frequently heard me asking. My role as Web manager at Jenkins...
Groupware as a Knowledge Repository
Our Herrick Library reference guru of 18 years, Frank McBride, retired recently, leaving a smaller and less experienced staff to collectively handle reference questions. Frank had conscientiously documented much of his experience in a collection of...
Librarians Have a Passion for Order
There is an old proverb that says, "Poets are born, not made." I've heard it paraphrased many times to refer to other professions, and I think it could apply to librarians as well. I take quite a bit of teasing from my husband and sons over alphabetizing...
Managing Many Assets
Librarians have always managed lots of assets. There are the books and magazines, of course, sometimes special collections or rare archival items, and often media assets like films and recordings. Like any other business-people, librarians also have...
My Three Wishes for Digital Repositories
My interest in digital repositories goes back to the dim and venerable year of 1997. At that time, research libraries were already pretty far along in exploring standardized general markup language (SGML) and Web-based solutions to information management....
New/enhanced Databases
Questel*Orbit Launches FamPatQuestel*Orbit announced the release of FamPat, an international patent family database. Based on the PlusPat database, FamPat offers increased search options and enhanced displays.Source:Questel'Orbit, McLean.VA,(703) 873-4700;...
Newsline
announcements on new & updated library productsSwets Passes ISO InspectionSwets Information Services announced that its U.K. and Dutch regional offices have successfully completed ISO 9001:2000 recertification audits. The 2004 audits, which were...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management at the Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus announced that Gerald D. Nichols will be its director. In this position, he will coordinate the...
Online Information Services
EBSCO Puts More Behind EBSCOhostEBSCO announced the following databases now available through the EBSCOhost interface:* LIBROS EN VENTA en America Latina y Espana, containing more than 794,000 records for Spanish-language books in print, is now offered...
Open Source Digital Image Management Took Us from Raging Rivers to Quiet Waters
It all started with a phone call. In September 2003, Kathy Nichols contacted me seeking suggestions, recommendations--really anything I could think of--that might help her seize control of a bewildering and rapidly surging torrent of digital image...
Reflecting on 20 Years of Library Technology
My career in the Vanderbilt University Libraries started 20 years ago. What began as a job to hold me over until I decided what I wanted to do next in life has turned out to be a varied and interesting career. The different positions that I've held...
The Digitizing Project That Made Soda
WHEN WE UNEXPECTEDLY GOT A GRANT TO CREATE A DIGITAL LIBRARY, WE WERE BUBBLING WITH ENTHUSIASM FOR THE NEW CHALLENGE.What would you do if you were suddenly given half a million dollars?In late 2000, while looking for funds to help build an addition to...
The Digitizing Project That Made SODA: When We Unexpectedly Got a Grant to Create a Digital Library, We Were Bubbling with Enthusiasm for the New Challenge
What would you do if you were suddenly given half a million dollars? In late 2000, while looking for funds to help build an addition to the Southern Oregon University Library, we stumbled upon the opportunity of a lifetime. Our congressman Greg...
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