Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 8, September

Ask Techman
Money-hoarding Jill from Ala. wants to know: I won some money in a lottery and I'm looking for some technology gadgets. What do you recommend? techman responds: I don't usually make specific recommendations--I firmly believe that everybody has different...
Considering Open Source Software
"AN OPEN SOURCE LIBRARY AUTOMATION PROJECT MUST BE CAREFULLY PLANNED AND THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION...."This month's theme of Making the Most of What You Have often leads to following the "do-it-yourself" approach. The phrase "do-it-yourself"...
Considering Open Source Software: "An Open Source Library Automation Project Must Be Carefully Planned and Thoroughly Researched before Implementation ...."
This month's theme of Making the Most of What You Have often leads to following the "do-it-yourself" approach. The phrase "do-it-yourself" brings a number of pictures and images to mind. I see a young child insisting loudly, "I can do it myself." I...
Custom Applications That Power the Vanderbilt Television News Archive
TO KEEP OUR NEWS ARCHIVE RUNNING, WE'VE BUILT OUR OWN TOOLS TO HELP ACCESS IT AND AUTOMATE IT EFFICIENTLY.As my regular readers probably know by now, one of my main areas of responsibility for the last 2 years or so has been the Vanderbilt Television...
Custom Applications That Power the Vanderbilt Television News Archive: To Keep Our News Archive Running, We've Built Our Own Tools to Help Access It and Automate It Efficiently
As my regular readers probably know by now, one of my main areas of responsibility for the last 2 years or so has been the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, which recently rejoined the university library system. The archive records, describes, and...
Fall Brings Political Talks, New Themes
Fall is upon us, and the political scene is really heating up this year as the U.S. prepares to elect a new president in November. If you were at ALA this past summer, you probably heard the semipolitical speech given by keynote speaker Richard Clarke....
How to Write for Computers in Libraries
>> To learn more about CIL magazine and the types of articles we want, read the FAQ on our Web site at http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/faq.htm. >> If you have an idea for an article that would fit our needs and style, look at our themes...
INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS Stay FREE in the MARCEDIT METADATA SUITE
"JUST LIKE A GOOD HOTEL ROOM THAT'S EQUIPPED WITH HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS AND A COMFORTABLE DESK, THE AMENITIES AVAILABLE IN THE FREE MARCEDIT SUITE ALLOW THOSE WHO 'STAY' THERE TO WORK MORE EASILY AND MORE COMFORTABLY."Imagine the following scenarios:...
Information Professionals Stay Free in the MarcEdit Metadata Suite; "Just like a Good Hotel Room That's Equipped with High-Speed Internet Access and a Comfortable Desk, the Amenities Available in the Free MarcEdit Suite Allow Those Who 'Stay' There to Work More Easily and More Comfortably."
Imagine the following scenarios: You're sitting in your office and in walks your supervisor. Your library has just purchased a new proxy system and now all 30,000 URLs in your library's catalog have to be rewritten. Your supervisor would like it done...
I've Gathered a Basket of Communication and Collaboration Tools
"May, our committee needs to work collectively on various documents. Can a wiki help?" "Is there an application that will help me manage and publish subject-related news?" These are examples of questions I receive about communication and collaboration...
Keep Those Web Skills Current
WE MUST KEEP A FIRM GROUNDING IN THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT DRIVE DIGITAL LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE CHANGING FAST.In the spring of 2004, my colleague Lincoln Gushing and I gave a professional development workshop for members of the San Francisco...
Keep Those Web Skills Current: We Must Keep a Firm Grounding in the Technologies That Drive Digital Library Development, Even Though They Are Changing Fast
In the spring of 2004, my colleague Lincoln Cushing and I gave a professional development workshop for members of the San Francisco Bay Region chapter of the Special Libraries Association. The topic was--surprise!--blogging. More than 45 people attended,...
Noted & Quoted
The University of California-Irvine (UCI) announced that Donald Bren has been awarded its Presidential Medal in honor of his contributions to the school and to higher education. According to the announcement, the medal is the university's highest honor....
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe University of CaliforniaIrvine (UCI) announced that Donald Been has been awarded its Presidential Medal in honor of his contributions to the school and to higher education. According to the announcement, the...
Revving Up with a Technology Tuneup
I AM TRYING TO CONVINCE MYSELF THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY AHEAD OF THE CURVE INSTEAD OF BEHIND IT BY NOT SPENDING AS MUCH ON IT WITHIN THE LIBRARY.I started as the information technology librarian at Georgian Court University (GCU) in July 2003, straight out...
Revving Up with a Technology Tuneup; I Am Trying to Convince Myself That We're Actually Ahead of the Curve Instead of Behind IT by Not Spending as Much on IT within the Library
I started as the information technology librarian at Georgian Court University (GCU) in July 2003, straight out of graduate school, only to find that there was not much of a technology budget. This position had been vacant for more than a year, and...
Tailoring OVERSIZED COURSEWARE to Fit Our Small Library
We thought we'd found open source courseware that would be perfect for us, but when we tried it on, we found that we'd gotten a beautiful, free suit that didn't fit.I attended the Computers in Libraries Conference in March of 2003 with high hopes of...
Tailoring Oversized Courseware to Fit Our Small Library; We Thought We'd Found Open Source Courseware That Would Be Perfect for Us, but When We Tried It on, We Found That We'd Gotten a Beautiful, Free Suit That Didn't Fit
I attended the Computers in Libraries Conference in March of 2003 with high hopes of learning about new technologies and bringing ideas back to my library. Interwoven with these hopes was a small fear that the technology I would see would require expertise,...
The in Box: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Ms. Dempsey,It is with great anticipation that EOS International looks forward to your "Helping You Buy series," which compares competitive ILS products. We believe it is a highly informative article and we work hard to supply the proper validated information....
We're Live! We're Up! We're on Sirsi!
We're up! After several days on "stand alone," Workflows is up. The new Web page is up (that would be http://www.krl.org). SAM (the Smart Access Management from Comprise) is up, on thin clients, mostly. Notices (all notices!) are being generated by...
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