Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, February

21st Annual Computers in Libraries 2006: North America's Largest Technology Conference & Exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers
Hilton Washington | March 22-24, 2006 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * Searching and Search Engines * Digital Content Management * Web Design, Development, and Usability * Intranets, Portals, and Planning * E-Learning, Information Literacy,...
Addicted to Data
I've never been one to do things in a small way. It seems for the last decade I've been obsessed with creating databases on the Web and working to fill them up. That common thread weaves itself through the projects that I gravitate toward in both my...
Delivering Services to Patrons' Doorsteps
There's so much we can do online 24/7. I wanted my library to be that convenient and dynamic. Open source software allowed me to take my library to my patrons.By the time this article is published, I will have had yet another pleasant and stress-free...
Delivering Services to Patrons' Doorsteps: There's So Much We Can Do Online 24/7. I Wanted My Library to Be That Convenient and Dynamic. Open Source Software Allowed Me to Take My Library to My Patrons
By the time this article is published, I will have had yet another pleasant and stress-free holiday shopping experience. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I'll have avoided the traffic jams and the maddening crowds at the mall in favor of the...
Helping You Buy: Link Resolver Tools
To any library with an electronic collection of any significance, the Open URL link resolver has (or should) become an indispensable service for helping its users retrieve full text from citations. Although they are a relatively new technology (in...
How and Why to Try a Blog for Staff Communication
"What's a good starting point for my library to get into blogs?" someone recently asked me at a conference. What a great question! Weblogs, or "blogs," are simply applications that take the muss and fuss out of generating Web pages. Weblog software...
Is Web Conferencing Software Ready for the Big Time?
In each AccessibleIT column we plan to address a technology that is "hot" and of interest to librarians serving "mainstream" customers. Then we'll also discuss some features that can be incorporated into the technology to make it more accessible to...
Is Web Conferencing Software Ready for the Big Time?
In each AccessibleIT column we plan to address a technology that is "hot" and of interest to librarians serving "mainstream" customers. Then we'll also discuss some features that can be incorporated into the technology to make it more accessible to those...
Librarians Are Getting Pushy
I really hate Bob. He's one of those people who actually believes that "Everything is on the Web and it's all free!" There aren't many myths that annoy me more. When I hear Bob say that, I'm horrified at his simplistic view of the world--he certainly...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsComputers in Libraries columnist Lori Bell has been appointed director of innovation for the Alliance Library System. In this position, she will work on grants and special projects with member libraries.Most recently,...
Preparing for the Birth of Our Library Blod: Expectant Parents Do a Lot of Planning before Baby's Arrival; Expectant Bloggers Should Do the Same
If you're reading this publication, chances are we don't need to explain what a blog is. Plenty has been written about this topic, (1) so we do not plan to repeat the blogging birds and the bees. Instead, we will get right into the details of bringing...
Preparing for the Birth of Our Library BLOG
Expectant parents do a lot of planning before baby's arrival; expectant bloggers should do the same.If you're reading this publication, chances are we don't need to explain what a blog is. Plenty has been written about this topic,1 so we do not plan...
Some Best Practices for Personalizing Outreach
You'd think that in this era of ubiquitous, Web-based information all the outreach rules of yesterday would have changed, right? Well. I for one don't think they have changed much at all. A focus on user needs, a personal touch, a commanding knowledge...
The Nuts and Bolts of Delivering New Technical Reports Via Database-Generated RSS Feeds
Here at HP Labs Research Library, we manage the metadata of HP Labs technical reports (research papers, reports, and articles) through our customized library catalog system. We have used RSS to make newly published technical reports from our ILS available...
The Social Ties That Bind
We've all heard the predictions of doom and gloom over the future of the book and of the library as an institution: Electronic books will make printed books obsolete and Internet access will replace visits to the library. Yet, despite these predictions,...
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