Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 9, October

Four Steps I Took That Transformed My Solo Corporate Library
Upon my arrival, management handed me the keys to the new Information Research Center along with a tacit mandate to work some magic.Five years ago I was hired to organize and manage the Information Research Center (IRC) at Hazen and Sawyer, PC, an environmental...
Four Steps I Took That Transformed My Solo Corporate Library: Upon My Arrival, Management Handed Me the Keys to the New Information Research Center along with a Tacit Mandate to Work Some Magic
Five years ago I was hired to organize and manage the Information Research Center (IRC) at Hazen and Sawyer, PC, an environmental engineering consulting firm in New York City. Prior to this. I had gained 3 years of experience in academic and government...
Librarians with Laptops Look Savvy in Operation TLC
WHEN WE VOLUNTEERED TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING DURING THE 4-DAY DISTRIBUTION OF 4,200 LAPTOPS, WE KNEW WE COULD PROVE THAT LIBRARIANS' SKILLS ARE AS MISSION-CRITICAL TODAY AS THEY WERE BEFORE THE TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION.Northern Michigan University...
Librarians with Laptops Look Savvy in Operation TLC: When We Volunteered to Provide Management and Training during the 4-Day Distribution of 4,200 Laptops, We Knew We Could Prove That Librarians' Skills Are as Mission-Critical Today as They Were before the Technology Revolution
Northern Michigan University (NMU), located in the rural upper peninsula of Michigan, is a 4-year undergraduate institution with a handful of master's and pre-professional programs and a community college role. In 1998, NMU embarked on a new mission--to...
Recycling and Redirecting Web Content for Fun and Profit
As digital collections and Web offerings grow, it's increasingly important to update, recycle, and redirect content to different sectors of your user community. Web authoring tools are much better than they were just 2 years ago, and this saves time...
Relative Relevance
We are a profession somewhat obsessed with our own relevance. At some point, the very notion of relevance-by definition, pertaining to the matter at hand-was twisted into concern about worthiness, self-image, and the very future of the profession. Ever...
Relative Relevance: Are We Too Obsessed by Our Own Relevance to See What Patrons Really Need?
We are a profession somewhat obsessed with our own relevance. At some point, the very notion of relevance--by definition, pertaining to the matter at hand--was twisted into concern about worthiness, self-image, and the very future of the profession....
Relevance, Schmelevance, You Say?
Helping librarians and information professionals to prove their relevance is a task that's near and dear to my heart. Since I also edit the newsletter Marketing Library Services and give talks about marketing and promotion, the topics are always on...
Relevant Yesterday, Relevant Tomorrow-But How to Stay Relevant Today?
Here are some suggestions and examples of how you can retain relevance by becoming a true part of the online community.Whenever I check my e-mail and find a message from my college-sophomore brother, it's a good bet that he will be asking for help with...
Relevant Yesterday, Relevant Tomorrow-But How to Stay Relevant Today? Here Are Some Suggestions and Examples of How You Can Retain Relevance by Becoming a True Part of the Online Community
Whenever I check my e-mail and find a message from my college-sophomore brother, it's a good bet that he will he asking for help with one of his research papers. Unfortunately, as a public librarian in a smaller suburban institution, I lack access...
The Librarian Is in, and Online!
"Google Answers Researchers are screened and approved independent contractors who are paid for posting 'answers' to the site." --Google Answers FAQ Answers, not 'answers' --my new personal library slogan I am a librarian, first and foremost,...
The Right Technology: No-Tech, Low-Tech, or High-Tech?
I've spent my professional career in libraries applying technology. Finding the right technology for the task at hand has been the mainstay of my work life.Most who know me would consider me something of a technophile. I make my living with technology...
The Right Technology: No-Tech, Low-Tech, or High-Tech? Don't Jump to Technological Conclusions
I've spent my professional career in libraries applying technology. Finding the right technology for the task at hand has been the mainstay of my work life. Most who know me would consider me something of a technophile. I make my living with technology...
The Siren Song of Fiber
You must understand. This network is perfect, it's not broken. There's plenty of bandwidth. In fact, in small branches we're talking serious overkill here. A branch with--what, seven computers total?--gets a full T-1 to the computer room? They could...
We're Worth It
In the early part of every summer, the editors of Computers in Libraries ask me and the other columnists to suggest ideas for themes for the upcoming year's issues. I always find it difficult to come up with topics that will still be hot as far away...
We're Worth It: There Couldn't Be a More Relevant Topic for This Profession Right Now
In the early part of every summer, the editors of Computers in Libraries ask me and the other columnists to suggest ideas for themes for the upcoming year's issues. I always find it difficult to come up with topics that will still be hot as far away...
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