Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, February

Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to comment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Karen D. Huffman, senior applications and database administrator for the National Geographic Society,...
Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to com- ment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Karen D. Huffman, senior applications and data- base administrator for the National Ge- ographic Society,...
Creating Open Source Conversation
Darien Library, where I serve as head of knowledge and learning services, launched a new website on Sept. 1, 2008. With it came SOPAC 2.0, John Blyberg's elegant brainchild and solution to OPACs that suck. The website is built with Drupal, an open...
Exploring Open Source Solutions for the Library
Librarians are increasingly turning to open source automation solutions for everything from individual productivity applications to integrated library management systems. The concept behind the open source movement--that ideas should be freely shared...
Focusing on Ejournals (and Blogging at the Same Time)
For 6 consecutive years now, my editors and I have joined forces to write a conference blog at the Online Information show in London. As I got ready to leave for London this year, I was aware that I had also committed to writing an update article...
Library Information Made to Order: An Open Source Project Built for and with Librarians
This is the story of how we stayed true to our beliefs in open source as we created Library à la Carte.Oregon State University (OSU) libraries, where I serve as lead programmer, have developed a tool to make it easier for librarians to build and maintain...
Library Information Made to Order: An Open Source Project Built for and with Librarians: This Is the Story of How We Stayed True to Our Beliefs in Open Source as We Created Library a la Carte
Oregon State University (OSU) libraries, where I serve as lead programmer, have developed a tool to make it easier for librarians to build and maintain interactive course assignment pages (ICAPs) and subject research guides (SRGs). That tool, Library...
Montclair State University Professors Win Fulbright Awards
Two professors from New Jersey's Montclair State University are hard at work overseas after receiving Fulbright Awards. Robert W.Taylor, a professor of urban and environmental studies in the department of earth and environmental studies at Montclair,...
My Kansas Library ON THE WEB
With each challenge comes a reward, and for the libraries participating in KLOW, the reward is a professional-looking and easily maintained website.When I was hired as the technology consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS), filling...
My Kansas Library on the Web: With Each Challenge Comes a Reward, and for the Libraries Participating in KLOW, the Reward Is a Professional-Looking and Easily Maintained Website
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I was hired as the technology consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS), filling the fashionable shoes left empty by Brenda Hough, the system had two open source projects in the works. The first, the...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsCILIP announced that Biddy Fisher is its new vice president for 2009 and president-elect for 2010.For the past 13 years, Fisher has been head of information services at Sheffield Hallam University. She was chair...
On Openness
February is open source month ... at least at Computers in Libraries magazine. For the second year running, we've dedicated our coverage in the February edition to the topic of the ways in which open source solutions are being used to solve problems...
Opening Up Library Automation Software
IN TODAY'S WORLD WHERE LIBRARIES FACE INCREDIBLE CHALLENGES TO BE EVER MORE INTERCONNECTED, WE NEED TO CONSTANTLY WORK TOWARD HIGHER LEVELS OF OPENNESS.One of the major themes that I've observed in the recent era of the library involves the demand for...
Opening Up Library Automation Software: In Today's World Where Libraries Face Incredible Challenges to Be Ever More Interconnected, We Need to Constantly Work toward Higher Levels of Openness
One of the major themes that I've observed in the recent era of the library involves the demand for more openness in all aspects of the technology infrastructure. Libraries often articulate frustration at automation systems that fail to offer adequate...
Open Source, Meet 'User-Generated Science'
SO HERE'S MY FORECAST: USER-GENERATED SCIENCE IS NEW, BUT IT IS HERE TO STAY.Although this issue of CIL is devoted to open source solutions, I'm taking a look at a slightly different yet related topic. In its Sept. 20, 2008, issue, The Economist magazine...
Open Source, Meet 'User-Generated Science': So Here's My Forecast: User-Generated Science Is New, but It Is Here to Stay
Although this issue of CIL is devoted to open source solutions, I'm taking a look at a slightly different yet related topic. In its Sept. 20, 2008, issue, The Economist magazine published a short feature on a very intriguing new blog application--not...
Ten Open Source Tools
I wrote an article for CIL on open source software (OSS) last year. It went through a few of the standard things libraries could be doing with OSS, ranging from using Firefox to installing Ubuntu on public access computers to using an open source content...
VIRTUAL JOURNAL ROOM: MSU Libraries Table of Contents Service
Our goal was a browsable web environment that enabled article-level access to the multiple journal packages available from MSU Libraries.Montana State University (MSU) Libraries (where the authors serve as web services librarian and digital initiatives...
Virtual Journal Room: MSU Libraries Table of Contents Service: Our Goal Was a Browsable Web Environment That Enabled Article-Level Access to the Multiple Journal Packages Available from MSU Libraries
Montana State University (MSU) Libraries (where the authors serve as web services librarian and digital initiatives librarian, respectively) is perhaps unique because it has no current periodicals room due to lack of space. As a result, finding current...
What Librarians Still Don't Know about Free Software
FREE SOFTWARE ISN'T ABOUT COST, AND IT ISN'T ABOUT HYPE, AND IT ISN'T ABOUT TAKING BUSINESS AWAY FROM VENDORS. IT'S ABOUT FREEDOM.About a year ago, I wrote a column with a similar title as this one on the topic of free software. What's changed in the...
What Librarians Still Don't Know about Free Software: Free Software Isn't about Cost, and It Isn't about Hype, and It Isn't about Taking Business Away from Vendors. It's about Freedom
About a year ago, I wrote a column with a similar title as this one on the topic of free software. What's changed in the past year? Koha and Evergreen have sure become more popular in the U.S. as well as in many other countries. The two companies offering...
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