Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 3, April

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, Joanna Aegard, head of virtual services at Thunder Bay Public Library in Ontario, Canada, talks about...
Codify Your Collection
I've been writing columns for Computers in Libraries for just about 2 years now. It seems to be the case that more often than not, I don't choose the topic I want to write about; it chooses me. In the course of my normal reading and keeping up, I come...
Ebook Approval Plans
Integration to Meet User NeedsWalk through an academic library today and you will no longer see droves of students with their noses in books. Computers, netbooks, and tablet computers litter student workspaces. Computer labs are overflowing. Students...
Ebook Approval Plans: Integration to Meet User Needs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Walk through an academic library today and you will no longer see droves of students with their noses in books. Computers, netbooks, and tablet computers litter student workspaces. Computer labs are overflowing. Students are...
In the Public Library, It's All about the User
As a librarian in a public library, I have observed that my colleagues are struggling to define the role of the public library in an increasingly wired world. They worry that the public library will seem irrelevant. The users of the public library...
Libraries and the Mobile Revolution
The ubiquitous mobile phone has long been frowned upon in many libraries for a number of reasons. These range from the noise that accompanies its usage to the fact that delivery of library services is hindered or delayed by librarians having to wait...
Library 2.0, Meet the 'Web Squared' World
FOR INFO PROS, THE BROAD ACCEPTANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENTS A NEW CHALLENGE TO KEEP SERVICES RELEVANT.By now even modestly funded libraries and their staff have been thinking about -and participating in - the Web 2.0 revolution. We often think of 2.0...
Library 2.0, Meet the 'Web Squared' World: For Info Pros, the Broad Acceptance of Social Media Presents a New Challenge to Keep Services Relevant
By now even modestly funded libraries and their staff have been thinking about--and participating in--the Web 2.0 revolution. We often think of 2.0 life as a two-way conversation, which it most certainly is. But the web has been undergoing a related...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsawardsThe Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) announced that Daniel J. Cohen, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2011 Frederick G. KiIgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology....
Show Me the Budget
IN TODAY'S TOUGH TIMES, IT'S WORTH CONSIDERING OPENING UP THE BOOKS TO SHARE COLD HARD FACTS WITH STAFF.Library budgets are tighter now than I've ever seen them during my 15 years as a librarian, and I don't know anybody who hasn't felt the squeeze....
Show Me the Budget: In Today's Tough Times, It's Worth Considering Opening Up the Books to Share Cold Hard Facts with Staff
Library budgets are tighter now than I've ever seen them during my 15 years as a librarian, and I don't know anybody who hasn't felt the squeeze. Friends have lost jobs, libraries have cut back on operating hours or shut down completely, and more services...
Smartphone Apps Give Users Virtual Library Cards
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The popular apps CardStar and Key Ring, which allow customers to keep virtual rewards cards on their mobile devices, are now being used to store library cards. In order to create the smartphone cards, patrons input or scan...
Tech Tips for Every Librarian
Codify Your CollectionI've been writing columns for Computers in Libraries for just about 2 years now. It seems to be the case that more often than not, I don't choose the topic I want to write about; it chooses me. In the course of my normal reading...
The Key to the Future of the Library Catalog Is Openness
We need to make it easy for other people to play with our public and open data.Technology makes it possible to redefine libraries and make them relevant to the public once again. But how good are the digital services offered by public libraries today?Here...
The Key to the Future of the Library Catalog Is Openness: We Need to Make It Easy for Other People to Play with Our Public and Open Data
Technology makes it possible to redefine libraries and make them relevant to the public once again. But how good are the digital services offered by public libraries today? Here are the most basic questions: * How do we present our physical content...
Using Technology to Enhance a Library as Place
IT'S EXCITING TO VISIT LIBRARIES THAT HAVE A STRONG SPIRIT OF ENGAGEMENT WITH THEIR PATRONS.I devote a lot of energy to researching, writing, and thinking about how librarians can use technology to improve the web experiences they offer their patrons....
Using Technology to Enhance a Library as Place: It's Exciting to Visit Libraries That Have a Strong Spirit of Engagement with Their Patrons
I devote a lot of energy to researching, writing, and thinking about how librarians can use technology to improve the web experiences they offer their patrons. Next-generation library catalogs or discovery services have been a major thrust for my work...
Using Web Metric Software to Drive Mobile Website Development
The decision to develop the library's mobile website was based on data taken from two web analytical tools.Many libraries have developed mobile versions of their websites. In order to understand their users, web developers have conducted both usability...
Using Web Metric Software to Drive Mobile Website Development: The Decision to Develop the Library's Mobile Website Was Based on Data Taken from Two Web Analytical Tools
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many libraries have developed mobile versions of their websites. In order to understand their users, web developers have conducted both usability tests and focus groups, yet analytical software and web server logs can also...
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