Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 5, May

Code4libcon Shows What a Participatory Conference Looks Like
I've just returned from the code4lib 2007 conference in Athens, Ga., and it was a rush. It was the second code4lib conference--last year's, in Corvallis, Ore., started it all--and, building on last year's success, it came out bigger and better. There's...
How You Can Protect Public Access Computers and Their Users
By providing the public with online computing facilities, librarians make available a world of information resources beyond their traditional print materials. Internet-connected computers in libraries greatly enhance the opportunity for patrons to...
Inquiry-Based Learning and Library Design
I've had the recent good fortune to renovate a 1960s-era library space into a 21st-century library commons. That's pretty cool in itself, but in addition I recently served on a working group that was charged to write a report with recommendations recommendations...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsOCLC announced that Karen Calhoun has joined its leadership team as vice president of WorldCat and metadata services.Most recently, Calhoun was senior associate university librarian for information technology and...
Online Library Card Registration Enables Free Passage to Digital Gems
"This service gives us an effective method for increasing community membership, including the capability of extending its reach to previously unattainable people, such as those who have research needs when our buildings are closed."As the electronic...
Online Library Card Registration: Enables Free Passage to Digital Gems
As the electronic resources specialist for the Contra Costa County Library in Pleasant Hill, Calif., I, Susan, often venture out into the community to spread the word about the variety of digital resources that are available from our Web site. I tend...
Physical Space and Digital Space-Librarians Belong in Both
When automation first came to libraries, one of the benefits was supposed to be a reduced workload for us. While automation has resulted in many improvements in library services, a reduced workload has not been one of them. The ability to access resources...
Promoting Productivity
It can become cost-prohibitive to keep up with new versions of office productivity software--not to mention with their ever-increasing hardware requirements, patron storage issues, and security updates--especially at smaller libraries. Enter online...
Redesigning a Library Space for Collaborative Learning
The reference desk at Indiana State University's (ISU) library offers an excellent view of student work areas on the first floor. From this vantage point, the reference librarians noticed students, especially in the evening and on weekends, huddled...
We Need to Go beyond Web 2.0
Web 2.0 continues to stand out as a dominant theme in libraries today. Almost any conference that touches on libraries and technology gushes with presentations on blogs, RSS, social computing, wikis, user tagging, and other manifestations of the Web...
Which Space Should You Focus On?
Your physical space and your digital space--which one should you spend more time thinking about? In the past it was all about your physical area, of course. Then after computers became more common and resources morphed from print to electronic, the...
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