Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, March

2 Critical Stages for a Successful ILS Migration: System Profiling and Data Conversion
Choosing settings and converting data reguire careful system planning and staff input librarywide for optimal ILS migration.Systems migration is a fact of life in the library world for various reasons. For instance, integrated library system (ILS) vendors...
2 Critical Stages for a Successful ILS Migration: System Profiling and Data Conversion; Choosing Settings and Converting Data Require Careful System Planning and Staff Input Librarywide for Optimal ILS Migration
Systems migration is a fact of life in the library world for various reasons. For instance, integrated library system (ILS) vendors may change development strategies, or they might acquire or merge with other companies, thus discontinuing support of...
Adding Substance, Not Just Frills, to a Library's Online Catalog
In my last column, I mentioned that the Monroeville Public Library has migrated to a new integrated library system. We are using the new system for circulation, cataloging, and the Web OPAC, and will soon be implementing acquisitions and serials modules....
Ask Techman
T. Hurley of Pittsburgh writes: I am sick of spam! Sick of it, do you hear me?!?! Make it stop! Please make it stop.... techman responds: I look into my Magic 8 Ball and it says, "Very doubtful." Sorry! But do you know the top three ways you put...
Convergence of Interlibrary Loan and Local Collections
Interlibrary loan management is one of the more interesting areas in which full-text document delivery and traditional technical processes are converging. Fortunately, despite complex media choices and sweeping changes in the way we deliver knowledge...
Know How to Integrate Services to Make Libraries Easier to Use
Even though the Internet is far bigger and more complicated than it was in 1992, finding information on it has never been easier. Using libraries needs to be that way. And it can be, if you know how to start simplifying searching.Nowadays, it is common...
Know How to Integrate Services to Make Libraries Easier to Use: Even Though the Internet Is Far Bigger and More Complicated Than It Was in 1992, Finding Information on It Has Never Been Easier. Using Libraries Needs to Be That Way. and It Can Be, If You Know How to Start Simplifying Searching
Nowadays, it is common for libraries to provide access to online catalogs, Web-based interlibrary loan systems, subscription databases, wireless networks, and other services. Unfortunately, these services typically don't "talk" to each other unless...
March: RFID Systems
the Helping You Buy seriesComparing Competing Library Technology ProductsYour guide to vendor product factsHaving wireless access to information is becoming part of everyday life, at home and at work. So it is not surprising that libraries are discovering...
New and Updated ProQuest Products
ProQuest has announced the release of two new products: the Twentieth Century Drama database and the Film Indexes Online portal. The Twentieth Century Drama database includes 239 plays by 25 authors from Britain, Ireland, and Australia, covering many...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe board of trustees of the Dundee Township (Ill.) Public Library District has named Elisa F. Topper as its new director.Most recently, Topper was the assistant dean of Dominican University's Graduate School of...
Performing Integral Functions
This issue is all about Library Systems Management, which is a core competency for most of our subscribers and therefore central to CIL's mission. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today, the buzz is around integrating systems, as in making diverse functions...
The 21st Century Is Here, and It Uses 19th-Century Technology
"The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed," is a phrase attributed to William Gibson, the man who saved science fiction from the doldrums with the publication of Neuromancer in the eighties. No-where is this more apparent than in...
The Challenge of Integration
I could boil this column down to three sentences: Using the Web should be easy. Libraries offer complex, full-featured information services. Simplifying and integrating are hard. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We all know that libraries compete against...
The Helping You Buy Series; March: RFID Systems
Having wireless access to information is becoming part of everyday life, at home and at work. So it is not surprising that libraries are discovering the wonders of wireless. I am interested in the wireless technology Radio Frequency Identification...
Turning PATRONS into PARTNERS When CHOOSING an INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEM
We knew that it would be challenging to involve library patrons in system selection in any substantive way, but to us, it was crucial.I work at UCLA, which has one of the top 10 research libraries in the country, with almost 8 million volumes and over...
Turning Patrons into Partners When Choosing an Integrated Library System: We Knew That It Would Be Challenging to Involve Library Patrons in System Selection in Any Substantive Way, but to Us, It Was Crucial
I work at UCLA, which has one of the top 10 research libraries in the country, with almost 8 million volumes and over 1 million circulation transactions a year. So our size and complexity challenge the capabilities of integrated library systems. We...
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