Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 9, October

Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian is a new monthly feature in which librarians will have a chance to sound off on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Gwen M. Gregory, associate director for technical services at the John Marshall Law School...
Beautiful Software
by TLC Classic OPAC: Dull A card catalog drawer sighs open and yesterday's library user looks for books by flicking through cards neatly typed with bibliographic information. Today, a user taps out a search term onto a keyboard, and the classic...
Bringing Local Collections into the Light with New Harvesting and Discovery Options
Whether libraries are well into digitization projects or just undertaking digital initiatives, there's no question digital resources are playing an increasingly important role for their staff and for patrons. As the mandate of libraries grows to encompass...
Digitizing and Securing Archived Laboratory Notebooks
The Information Group at Millipore has been successfully using a digital rights management tool to secure the email distribution of our archived laboratory notebooks. The purpose of this article is to describe our paper-to-microfilm-to-PDF conversions,...
Digitizing Brings New Life to Video Collections
Talk of mass digitization generally brings to mind large-scale projects to scan huge collections of books. The Google Library Print project, the Open Content Alliance, and others have taken on incredibly ambitious projects to digitize enormous numbers...
Everything Digital
Digitization projects come in many varieties and scales. This month, we're highlighting some representative examples, ranging from Yale University's mass digitization of public domain books (in consort with Microsoft) to a pharmaceutical company's...
Guide to ILS Vendors and Products: Each Vendor in Our Survey Was Asked to Identify Its Product's Greatest Strength. We've Included the Vendors' Answers along with Full Contact Information and Other Essential Details in This Convenient Guide
Adlib Information Systems Adlib Library Clearly structured screens, intuitive interfaces, context-sensitive help, and extensive use of authority files ensure that working with Adlib is exceptionally easy and efficient. For international organizations...
Helping You Buy ILSs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2008, commissioned ILS expert Pamela Cibbarelli to conduct a comprehensive survey of ILS vendors. In this section, we are pleased to bring you the results. --Ed. During the 30 years I was editor of The Directory of...
Mass Digitization at Yale University Library: Exposing the Treasures in Our Stacks
In September 2007, Yale University Library (YUL) and Microsoft agreed to partner in a large-scale project to digitize 100,000 books from the YUL collections--an ambitious effort that would substantially increase the library's digitized holdings, particularly...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe Special Libraries Association (SLA) and J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. have announced that Sabrina I. Pacifici is the recipient of the J. J. Keller Innovations in Technology Award. The award, a $1,000...
Productivity Tools: The Web Doesn't Just Provide Content, It Can Also Provide Working Tools to Help Users Become More Productive and Efficient with Information
Microsoft Maps-Live Search http://maps.live.com This site can find directions, businesses by category, and maps for areas. Easy-to-use and an all-in-one site for the SMB. TinyURL http://tinyurl.com Long URLs become manageable, tiny...
The Emperor's New Repository
I don't know the first thing about building digital repositories. Maybe that's a strange thing to say, given that I work in a repository development group now, worked on the original DSpace project years ago, and worked on a few repository research...
The 'Long Tale': Using Web 2.0 Concepts to Enhance Digital Collections
The wonderful Web 2.0 is a famously slippery concept to define. The very ambiguity of the term is Escheresque, self-referential to its ever-changing meaning. As Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media, described it, "Like many important concepts, Web 2.0...
The Promise of Digitization
For librarians the great promise of the internet has been to provide access to materials beyond the library's physical reach. Digitization projects, both large and small, strive to turn that promise into reality. Internet Archive The Internet...
The Surprising Impact of Digital Repositories
The pace of online "content creation" has never been faster. The explosive growth in blogs and their growing influence, not to mention the money they create for entrepreneurs, is just the most obvious case in point. We now take for granted the prompt...
Thirteen Basic Things to Put Everyone on the Same (Computer) Page
Recently, someone on a discussion list I frequent mentioned that her library was encouraging staff to complete the self-directed 23 Things Learning 2.0 program (originally created by Helene Blowers at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg...
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