Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 9, October

Cache Me If You Can
We talk a lot about using technology to better serve our patrons. We can also, though, use technology to have fun with our patrons, creating programs and services that both educate and entertain our communities. While not everyone has the time,...
Delivering What People Need, When and Where They Need It
WHAT IF WE COULD BUILD A PORTABLE 'PERSONAL CATALOG' FOR EACH PERSON?In this month's issue you'll be reading a lot about new OPACs and other library systems, and not a minute too soon. There's no denying that our current systems have much room for improvement....
Delivering What People Need, When and Where They Need It: What If We Could Build a Portable 'Personal Catalog' for Each Person?
In this month's issue you'll be reading a lot about new OPACs and other library systems, and not a minute too soon. There's no denying that our current systems have much room for improvement. While looking for inspiration for new features and ideas...
Dreaming of a Better ILS
HERE'S WHAT SOME WELL-KNOWN TECH LIBRARIANS WANT TO SEE IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEMS.What features and functionality do you want to see built into integrated library systems in the near future! CIL invited me to pose this question...
Dreaming of a Better ILS: Here's What Some Well-Known Tech Librarians Want to See in the Next Generation of Integrated Library Systems
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What features and functionality do you want to see built into integrated library systems in the near future? CIL invited me to pose this question to a number of library technology experts and to report back on my findings....
Fac-Back-OPAC
An Open Source Interface to Your Library SystemIf you look under the hood, Fac-Back-OPAC demonstrates what's possible with the next generation of OPAC software.Fac-Back-OPAC is a faceted back-up OPAC. This advanced catalog offers features that compare...
Fac-Back-OPAC: An Open Source Interface to Your Library System: If You Look under the Hood, Fac-Back-OPAC Demonstrates What's Possible with the Next Generation of OPAC Software
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Fac-Back-OPAC is a faceted backup OPAC. This advanced catalog offers features that compare favorably with the traditional catalogs for today's library systems. Fac-Back-OPAC represents the convergence of two prominent trends...
Frustrated and Dreaming of Better Tools
For a good while now, tech librarians have been complaining about how the traditional ILSs and OPACs work (or don't work). These tools are at the core of library technologies, and therefore they're also central to CIL magazine. So I figured it was...
Helping You Buy: Integrated Library Systems
This is the second year that I have compiled this special section. Once again, I have found no lack of opinions, ideas, and information about the integrated library systems market and where it is going. It makes writing this article both a challenging...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsALA announced that Loriene Roy, professor at the University of Texas- Austin's School of Information, was installed as ALAs 2007-2008 president this past June. Roy is the first Native American to be president of...
Otherworldly Accessibility
EACH PHYSICAL OR VIRTUAL SPACE HAS CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE OR INACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE DEPENDING ON THEIR PHYSICAL ABILITIES.The accessibility of information is a very complex phenomenon. When we make simple statements such as "I have access...
Otherworldly Accessibility: Each Physical or Virtual Space Has Characteristics That Make It Accessible or Inaccessible to People Depending on Their Physical Abilities
The accessibility of information is a very complex phenomenon. When we make simple statements such as "I have access to that information" or "She was able to access that database," we intimate (and yet also hide in interesting ways) a host of complex...
Plug Your Users into Library Resources with OpenSearch Plug-Ins
USING GOOGLE IS ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT WOULDN'T IT BE COOL IF YOU COULD SEARCH YOUR LIBRARY CATALOG AND OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES JUST AS EASILY?(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)If you have the latest version of Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet...
Plug Your Users into Library Resources with OpenSearch Plug-Ins: Using Google Is All Well and Good, but Wouldn't It Be Cool If You Could Search Your Library Catalog and Other Online Resources Just as Easily?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you have the latest version of Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer, you've probably used an OpenSearch plug-in. This is the technology behind the search box at the upper-right corner of your browser window. The...
The Birth of a New Generation of Library Interfaces
DESPITE A CERTAIN LEVEL OF URGENCY TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO NEXT-GENERATION LIBRARY INTERFACES, I DON'T EXPECT A SUDDEN DEATH OF THE TRADITIONAL OPAC.Over the last couple of years, we've seen a surge of activity in the library automation arena directed...
The Birth of a New Generation of Library Interfaces: Despite a Certain Level of Urgency to Make the Transition to Next-Generation Library Interfaces, I Don't Expect a Sudden Death of the Traditional OPAC
Over the last couple of years, we've seen a surge of activity in the library automation arena directed toward improved user interfaces. As I look at the events and activities that have transpired over the last year or so, I see an incredible amount...
Will the ILS Soon Be as Obsolete as the Card Catalog?
MANY LIBRARIANS ARE INTENT UPON ALTERING THE INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEMS, BELIEVING THAT THEY COULD AND SHOULD BE MADE MORE USER-FRIENDLY.I'm only stating the obvious when I say that librarians who have been in the profession for more than a few years...
Will the ILS Soon Be as Obsolete as the Card Catalog? Many Librarians Are Intent upon Altering the Integrated Library Systems, Believing That They Could and Should Be Made More User-Friendly
I'm only stating the obvious when I say that librarians who have been in the profession for more than a few years have seen significant change come to libraries through the implementation of new technologies. We have worked, and often often struggled,...
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