Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 10, November/December

Building a Community: Create Your Own Social Network
I've always been fascinated by social interaction online, all the way back to 1994 when I started a discussion list for Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks fans on my old Mac with a dial-up connection. I didn't know it then, but I was attempting to bring...
In 2007, Community-Building Tools Rule
WHENEVER TECHNOLOGY EMPHASIZES COMMUNITY ACTIVITY, LIBRARY SERVICES BENEFIT, AND THAT'S THE COMMON THREAD IN MY HIGH-TECH PICKS.I've mentioned more than once to CIL editor Kathy Dempsey that writing about "hip hightech" is one of my faves as a columnist....
Internet2 and Libraries: Serving Your Communities at the Speed of Light
If your Internet limitations disappeared, how could it change your library's role in the community?On a hot Missouri day in September 2001, a road crew finished the delicate process of setting blasting caps into bundles of dynamite along a lonely stretch...
It's Time to Break the Mold of the Original ILS
I THINK THAT THE CURRENT SLATE OF ILS PRODUCTS WORKS ON MANY ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT LIBRARY WORKFLOWS THAT HAVE LONG SINCE CHANGED.We're seeing lots of progress as the library automation industry works toward new front-end interfaces, as I described in last...
It's Time to Use a Wiki as Part of Your Web Site
By choosing to suppress some built-in functionality of the wiki, I got a 21st-century mashup solution that keeps my library current and protects the authoritative integrity of our content.Without a doubt, the term "wiki" has leaked into almost every...
Mashing Up Multiple Web Feeds Using Yahoo! Pipes
I was overwhelmed when first opened the Pipes Editor, but the drag-and-drop interface made it fun to experiment, and earned quickly.This past spring I opened the latest "gee-whiz tech" email from a good friend, expecting yet another technology that I...
My Virtual Assistant Saves the Day
As a solo librarian, I needed to accomplish more work in less time. Setting up a software-based 'virtual assistant' made that possible.I'm a library director whose job is to develop, organize, manage, and operate a repository for research and scholarship...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsAt its annual conference, SLA announced that the SLA Military Librarians Division was awarded the 2007 SLA Professional Award. The award recognizes a special event, major achievement, or specific significant contribution...
Of iPhones and Ebooks: Will They Get Together?
MY NEW IPHONE CAN DO A LOT, BUT I WISH IT COULD EASILY HANDLE EBOOKS.I did it: After holding out a little more than 2 weeks, I went to my local Apple Retail Store and bought an iPhone. My existing cell phone was not easy to use so I took advantage of...
The Multi-Touch Tipping Point for Reading Online
THE TIPPING POINT OF READING FROM SCREENS IS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, AND IF YOU HAVEN'T FELT IT YET, YOU'RE ABOUT TO.I started a new job in 2001 and was surprised to hear from public service librarians at the institution I'd gone to work for that they...
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