Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 5, May

Connecting Linked Data, OPACs, and Online Exhibits
Last month I wrote about the basic concepts behind the Linked Data (www.linked data.org) movement. I've still got Linked Data on the brain, though, so I hope you'll bear with me as I work through some more ideas about why Linked Data might be important...
Connecting Linked Data, OPACs, and Online Exhibits: We'd Better at Least Get a Start at Being Able to Make More of These Connections Because Pretty Soon Our Users Will Expect to Find Them
Last month I wrote about the basic concepts behind the Linked Data (www.linked data.org) movement. I've still got Linked Data on the brain, though, so I hope you'll bear with me as I work through some more ideas about why Linked Data might be important...
Focus on Academic and Research Libraries: Librarians Speak out to Journal Publishers
What is the economic situation in libraries these days? What are academic and research libraries doing with regard to making the resources in their collections more discoverable? Are they involved in institutional repository (IR) projects? And how do...
Focus on Academic and Research: Libraries: Librarians Speak out to Journal Publishers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'Digital repositories at present are not a replacement for journals. The IRs support faculty by preserving unique materials. They augment, but do not replace.' --Steven Mandeville-Gamble (George Washington University) ...
In the Palm of Their Hand
Janet Balas opens her column this month by reminding us that "mobile libraries" used to be bookmobiles. It should be clear from the cover of this issue that the "mobile-ized library" we're talking about this month is something quite different. Put...
Mobility in and around the Library
At the public libraries where I work, you can generally see all parts of the library from any part of the library. They're that small. The idea of roaming reference is not one that our patrons are clamoring for. However, there are many other sorts...
Moving Forward through Tech Cycles
It's a given that technology changes continually. Fve been working with automation in libraries long enough to have experienced a number of major changes in technology. I started in the days of mainframe computers, which gave way to midrange systems,...
Moving Forward through Tech Cycles: Many Aspects of Automation Need to Be Re-Examined in Light of Current Library Realities
It's a given that technology changes continually. I've been working with automation in libraries long enough to have experienced a number of major changes in technology. I started in the days of mainframe computers, which gave way to midrange systems,...
New from Chandos
job-related readingChandos Publishing (Oxford), Ltd. now offers Digital Library Economics (ISBN: 978-1-8433-4404-9, 200 pp., £59.95 [about $87.35 U.S.], hardback; ISBN: 978-1-8433-4403-2, 200 pp., £39.95 [about $58.17 U.S.], paperback) edited by David...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) announced that William H. Mischo is the recipient of the 2009 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The award,...
OCLC and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Announced the Recipients of the Library and Information Science Research Grants
OCLC and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) announced the recipients of the Library and Information Science Research Grants. The awards went to Kathryn La Barre and Carol Tilley of the University of Illinois, Michael...
OPACs and the Mobile Revolution
Since the turn of the century, one of the hottest topics in the IT world has been the coming mobile revolution. While there's been some arguing over the details, the fundamental tenet of the mobile revolution is that lots and lots of people will start...
OPACs and the Mobile Revolution: As Mobile Devices Become More Ubiquitous among Our Patrons, It Becomes More and More Imperative That We Understand How These Different Devices Display Our Content
Since the turn of the century, one of the hottest topics in the IT world has been the coming mobile revolution. While there's been some arguing over the details, the fundamental tenet of the mobile revolution is that lots and lots of people will start...
SPARC Names 2009 Sparky Awards Winners
Open access has a new, youthful look, thanks to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition's (SPARC) second annual Sparky Awards competition in which college students were asked to illustrate the value of sharing information in video...
Taking Your Library on the ROAD
I had to create a way that I could answer questions and refer to the library's collection without worrying about any special connections to a specific database or network.Why I Needed a Mobilized LibraryAs a researcher/librarian, I have to take my library...
Taking Your Library on the Road: I Had to Create a Way That I Could Answer Questions and Refer to the Library's Collection without Worrying about Any Special Connections to a Specific Database or Network
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why I Needed a Mobilized Library As a researcher/librarian, I have to take my library collection with me wherever I go. Before becoming lead researcher for Weldon Researchers, I served as the director of the Association...
The Library for the Mobile Patron
In the past, when the word mobile was used in connection with a library, it referred to a bookmobile. The bookmobile would bring the library, via regularly scheduled visits at designated locations, to users who were unable to travel to the main library....
Thin Client, Meet the Mobile Future
In understanding how current technologies are impacting digital library development and services, it can be very useful to stay familiar with the literature of the whole of the internet era, not just the most recent 5 years' worth. It's tempting, even...
Thin Client, Meet the Mobile Future: Never before Have Our Grand Research Libraries and Universities Needed to Listen to Us More as They Struggle to Retool for the Mobile Era
In understanding how current technologies are impacting digital library development and services, it can be very useful to stay familiar with the literature of the whole of the internet era, not just the most recent 5 years' worth. It's tempting, even...
Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)
For many people, the word "twitter" brings to mind birds rather than humans. But information professionals know that Twitter (www.twitter.com) is a fast-growing, free messaging service for people, and it's one that libraries (and librarians) can make...
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