Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 3, March

10 Myths a Boat PDAs-Debunked!
Hand-held, or wearable, technology is here for the duration. We know--we're hopelessly hooked. Our PDAs are the reality of our world; they are never more than a few inches away. The availability of convenient, mobile devices is only going to increase,...
10 Myths about PDAs - Debunked!
"Many librarians are wondering how to approach PDA technology: Should, we ignore it, just tolerate it, or embrace it wholeheartedly?"Hand-held, or wearable, technology is here for the duration. We know-we're hopelessly hooked. Our PDAs are the reality...
Benchmarking Technology: A Theory of Penultimacy
In making decisions about procuring technology components for a library, I could reduce my opinions on the topic down to a single word-penultimate-but that would make for a very short column. The word fits, though. The dictionary defines penultimate...
Benchmarking Technology: A Theory of Penultimacy; When Choosing Technology, Consider Buying One Notch Down from the Top-of-the-Line for Your Best Value. (the Systems Librarian)
In making decisions about procuring technology components for a library, I could reduce my opinions on the topic down to a single word-penultimate-- but that would make for a very short column. The word fits, though. The dictionary defines penultimate...
Casting a Wider Net with Roving Reference
Our wireless future is much on our minds these days, and there have been several outstanding articles and lectures on the subject. A lot of these focus on nuts and bolts: Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) FAQs, 802.11b protocols, laptop and e-book circulation,...
Casting a Wider Net with Roving Reference: We Can Use Wireless Access to Create New Synergy between Our Digital Collections and Our Still-Relevant Print Collections. (Building Digital Libraries)
Our wireless future is much on our minds these days, and there have been several outstanding articles and lectures on the subject. A lot of these focus on nuts and bolts: Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) FAQs, 802.11b protocols, laptop and e-book circulation,...
Could the Flexibility of Wireless Solve a Problem for You?
We used wireless to solve three specific problems last year, and we found out that implementing it is much easier than you'd think.A wireless network may give you options and flexibility you haven't considered. At the Douglas County Library System in...
Could the Flexibility of Wireless Solve a Problem for You? We Used Wireless to Solve Three Specific Problems Last Year, and We Found out That Implementing It Is Much Easier Than You'd Think
A wireless network may give you options and flexibility you haven't considered. At the Douglas County Library System in southern Oregon, we used wireless to solve three specific problems we encountered last year, and in the process we found that implementing...
Counter Code of Practice Now Available
COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) has announced that the COUNTER Code of Practice is now available and can be downloaded at http://www.project counter.org. COUNTER is a multi-agency project whose objective is to develop...
Does Wireless Really Mean No More Wires?
One of these days it's going to happen. It's just a matter of time. I have had numerous close calls and near-misses and I know my luck can't hold out forever. As Charlie Brown would say, "I'm doomed." Yes, sooner or later, the time will come when my...
Does Wireless Really Mean No More Wires? Is Wireless Really All It's Cracked Up to Be? Can I Really Stop Fussing with Wires? (Online Treasures)
One of these days it's going to happen. It's just a matter of time. I have had numerous close calls and near-misses and I know my luck can't hold out forever. As Charlie Brown would say, "I'm doomed." Yes, sooner or later, the time will come when my...
Epixtech: New Name, New Releases
epixtech has relaunched its corporate identity and changed its name to Dynix to show its renewed commitment to libraries' needs. The company also said it is gearing up for new product strategies in 2003.The first quarter will bring Horizon Reports Manager...
H.W. Wilson Offers Complete Readers' Guide, Upgrades Biography Reference Bank
H.W. Wilson has announced that the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, back to its 1901 debut, is now searchable online via WilsonWeb.The full release of Readers' Guide Retrospective delivers nearly 3 million citations from nearly 500 leading U.S....
H.W. Wilson Offers Complete Readers' Guide, Upgrades Biography Reference Bank. (New/Enhanced Databases)
H.W. Wilson has announced that the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, back to its 1901 debut, is now searchable online via WilsonWeb. The full release of Readers' Guide Retrospective delivers nearly 3 million citations from nearly 500 leading...
O'Reilly Releases New Books on Perl-Based Web Development, Linux, and Apache
Programming Web Services with Perl, by Randy J. Ray and Pavel Kulchenko (ISBN: 0-596-00206-8, $39.95), brings Perl users all the information they need to create Web services using their favorite language.Some of the topics that the book covers include...
Our Plan for a Wireless Loan Service
OUR QUEST TO IMPROVE JUST-IN-TIME SERVICE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS LED US TO PLAN A WIRELESS NETWORK THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO USE OUR INFORMATION IN THEIR LABS, IN OUR LIBRARY, OR EVEN OUTSIDE!All the world's a cyberlounge. People on campuses and in hotels,...
Our Plan for a Wireless Loan Service: Our Quest to Improve Just-in-Time Service for Our Customers Led Us to Plan a Wireless Network That Will Enable Them to Use Our Information in Their Labs, in Our Library, or Even Outside!
All the world's a cyberlounge. People on campuses and in hotels, airports, and coffee shops are curling up with laptops and personal digital assistants to send e-mail, surf the Web, draft papers, and prepare reports. Now the wireless Web has arrived....
PDA Avoidance: They'll Get You Eventually!
Early adopters often wind up with arrows in their backs. One notable example is my Rocket eBook, now gathering dust in the closet. The reality didn't match the hype, so into storage it went. As a result, I looked upon PDAs with a certain jaundiced eye,...
PDA Avoidance: They'll Get You Eventually! I Finally Succumbed to Using a PDA, and So Will You. You'll Get One, Even If Today You Are Shaking Your Head, and You Won't Be Able to Live without It. (the View from the Top Left Corner)
Early adopters often wind up with arrows in their backs. One notable example is my Rocket eBook, now gathering dust in the closet. The reality didn't match the hype, so into storage it went. As a result, I looked upon PDAs with a certain jaundiced...
ProQuest Acquires Bigchalk, Improves Databases, and Forms Linking Agreements
ProQuest has announced that it has acquired bigchalk, whose operations will be integrated into ProQuest's Information and Learning unit, bigchalk provides online reference databases, standards-based curricula, and tools for preparing lessons for the...
Taming the Wireless Frontier: PDAs, Tablets, and Laptops at Home on the Range
Setting up wireless networks feels sort of the like settling a wild frontier. It's fairly new territory that shares a few traits with the Old West. Law and order aren't firmly established yet, and claims on standards are still up for grabs. When...
Taming the Wireless Frontier: PDAs, Tablets, and Laptops at Home on the Range
Setting up wireless networks feels sort of like settling a wild frontier. It's fairly new territory that scores a few traits with the Old West. Law and order aren't firmly established yet, and claims on standards are still up for grabs.We used wireless...
The in Box
Is Linux Really All It's Cracked Up to Be?Hi Kathy,I'm not sure if you print "letters to the editor," but here I go anyway.The article on "Why Linux Works for Libraries" appeared to be very one-sided, to its detriment [by Paul H. Lewis, November/December...
Whether to Wireless
Believe it or not, technology is not my hobby. So you might imagine my blase attitude when I saw a commercial the other day extolling the virtues of wireless classrooms. It said that students could access the Internet, hold discussions among themselves,...
Whether to Wireless: If Wireless Doesn't Cost Much and Offers Similar Service, Then Why Make the Change? Then Again, Why Not? (Techman's Techpage)
Believe it or not, technology is not my hobby. So you might imagine my blase attitude when I saw a commercial the other day extolling the virtues of wireless classrooms. It said that students could access the Internet, hold discussions among themselves,...
Your Source for Technology Talk
Wireless services are becoming more prevalent in our society, as you know from seeing people walking around with cell phones and sitting around with laptops. Now wireless devices are proving their worth in our industry as well. Hooking up wireless hubs...
Your Source for Technology Talk. (Editor's Notes)
Wireless services are becoming more prevalent in our society, as you know from seeing people walking around with cell phones and sitting around with laptops. Now wireless devices are proving their worth in our industry as well. Hooking up wireless...
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