Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 2, February

Choosing and Using Text-to-Speech Software
Imagine choosing the voice you'd like to read aloud to you the morning news or a book as you drive to work. Imagine not being able to tell if it is a natural human voice or a synthetic, computer-generated voice. Believe it or not, the technology is...
Content Management Systems
You have an OPAC. You have a repository. You have a knowledgebase. You have a link resolver database. You have a federated search tool. Put them all together and you have--wait, you mean you can actually put them all together? Search results from the...
Content Management Systems
COMPARINGCompeting Library Technology ProductsYour guide to vendor product factsYou have an OPAC. You have a repository. You have a knowledgebase. You have a link resolver database. You have a federated search tool. Put them all together and you have-wait,...
Do You Know What Your Mission Is?
Libraries are suffering from an identity crisis. It used to be so simple--they were about books. Librarians acquired books, cataloged them, arranged them in proper order on shelves, and helped patrons find the ones they wanted to read or use for research....
Drawing Blueprints for 'Pulsing Content' Libraries
Last month we began to consider what it might mean to build dynamic, instantaneous libraries based solely on the materials held on the computers of people in the same space. That's the goal of this column--to think about what libraries in computers...
Information Saturation
Let me confess: Sometimes I get really tired of learning. I know, I know; I shouldn't think that way--let alone admit it to a tech-hungry audience. But after 40-some years of constantly soaking up information, my spongy brain just feels saturated....
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced three position changes. Schroeder Cherry has been reappointed as counselor to the director. In this role, he will ensure that IMLS reaches underserved communities; act as liaison to community,...
Media Specialists Can Learn Web 2.0 Tools to Make Schools More Cool
Using Web 2.0 tools can make work more fun for adults and learning more interesting for students.Media specialists are required to use more and more technology. Their responsibilities encompass everything from repairing overhead projectors to administrating...
Media Specialists Can Learn Web 2.0 Tools to Make Schools More Cool: Using Web 2.0 Tools Can Make Work More Fun for Adults and Learning More Interesting for Students
Media specialists are required to use more and more technology. Their responsibilities encompass everything from repairing overhead projectors to administrating an entire library's automated system. Of course, these responsibilities are in addition...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe New Jersey State Library announced the appointment of Faith Lundgren as director of the New Jersey Library for the Blind and Handicapped (NJLBH). She has been the library's acting director since May 2006. Prior...
Putting Wikis into Play
This weekend marks the conclusion of one of my classes this semester at Dominican University's GSLIS. Internet Fundamentals & Design traces the history of the Net, features some simple Web page coding, and covers a whole lot of Web 2.0 exploration,...
The C's of Our Sea Change: Plans for Training Staff, from Core Competencies to Learning 2.0
As anyone who has worked at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County can tell you, the two C's in our library's acronym, PLCMC, primarily stand for one thing: constant change. In libraries and other organizations alike, it seems...
Working toward Transparency in Library Automation
It's my firm belief that we need transparency with regard to the automation systems used in libraries. Transparency "implies openness, communication, and accountability" (according to Wikipedia). As a library develops its automation strategy, whether...
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