Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 8, September

A Cornucopia of Useful Articles
This month's theme--Tech Training: Keeping Staff Up-to-Speed--got a lot of attention and a lot of queries, as we suspected it would. Sure, we've covered training a number of times before in these pages. But this time we decided to focus specifically...
ALA Annual Conference Was Full of Announcements and Pronouncements
The American Library Association convened again, with all the standard hoopla, in Chicago in late June. There was a good bit of new-and-improved technology to see on the show floor this year, and I'll highlight a few of the products that I saw. ...
Ask Techman
Jessica from Princeton asks: If I'm going to use my loptop on a wireless network (in a library or at home), can I pick up viruses? How should I protect my laptop? techman responds: You may have heard the phrase "wireless virus" bandied about in...
Determining and Meeting Personnel Training Needs
AFTER COMPUTER PROFICIENCY WAS TIED TO SALARIES AND PROMOTIONS, STAFF TECH TRAINING TOOK ON A WHOLE NEW URGENCY.The role of the library has changed significantly during the past 2 decades. Twenty years ago, it could have been considered the norm for...
Determining and Meeting Personnel Training Needs: After Computer Proficiency Was Tied to Salaries and Promotions, Staff Tech Training Took on a Whole New Urgency
The role of the library has changed significantly during the past 2 decades. Twenty years ago, it could have been considered the norm for a small to mid-sized library to have one or two computers for patron use. Staff was fortunate to have a computer...
Helping You Buy: Integrated Library Systems
This Helping You Buy survey is the next in an annual series of surveys that have been compiled by Pamela Cibbarelli in past years. The questions are a bit different, as is my view of the ILS market, as you will see in the text that follows. Most surveys...
How We Used DEMONSTRATION AUTHORING SOFTWARE to Create Tutorials
Why give the same lessons over and over again when there is a fairly simple way to create online tutorials that people can access on their own?Have you ever visited a Web site that wanted you to CLICK HERE for a demonstration of a particular product?...
How We Used Demonstration Authoring Software to Create Tutorials: Why Give the Same Lessons over and over Again When There Is a Fairly Simple Way to Create Online Tutorials That People Can Access on Their Own?
Have you ever visited a Web site that wanted you to CLICK HERE for a demonstration of a particular product? Online retailers of all types encourage you to see their products in action before you buy them. And why not? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After...
Learning Server-Side Scripting
My colleague has a placard over her desk that reads, "Oh no, not another learning experience." It's a great sign because it really captures the frustration of having to keep up with the incessant pace of library technology. Even the most ambitious...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsD. Scott Brandt, previously interdisciplinary research librarian, is now Purdue University Libraries' associate dean for research. The new position's responsibilities include developing and coordinating a program...
Once More Unto the Breach: Revisiting Training (Again)
A special feature in the previous issue acknowledged the magazine's 25th anniversary, and current columnists as well as former contributors were asked to think back over their work and to share favorite covers, articles, and memories. Since I have...
Running to Stand Still?
Technostress--the challenge of keeping up with changing technology--has been one of the few constants in our professional lives for the past 30 or more years. [Editor's Note: For more on this topic, check out "The Evolution of Technostress" on page...
TECHNOLOGY TRAINING Can Be a PIECE of CAKE
Understanding basic kitchen chemistry can help prevent culinary disasters and increase dining pleasure. Similarly, understanding technology concepts can make routine tasks more meaningful and comprehensible. My first profession involved system/network...
Technology Training Can Be a Piece of Cake: I Realized How Little People Understood about Technology Basics, So I Decided to Cook Up Some Training to Address the Need. Here's My Recipe
Understanding basic kitchen chemistry can help prevent culinary disasters and increase dining pleasure. Similarly, understanding technology concepts can make routine tasks more meaningful and comprehensible. My first profession involved system/network...
The Evolution of technoSTRESS
MUCH OF WHAT I FOUND OUT ABOUT TECHNOSTRESS AND LIBRARIANS REMAINS JUST AS PERTINENT TODAY AS IT WAS 10 YEARS AGO.Nearly 10 years have passed since I researched, wrote, and defended my thesis, "Technostress in the Reference Environment: A Survey of U.S....
The Evolution of Technostress: Much of What I Found out about Technostress and Librarians' Remains Just as Pertinent Today as It Was 10 Years Ago
Nearly 10 years have passed since I researched, wrote, and defended my thesis, "Technostress in the Reference Environment: A Survey of U.S. Association of Research Libraries Academic Reference Librarians," at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville....
The New Landscape of the Automation Business
The Big News that broke just before this year's ALA Annual Conference, which was held June 25-28 in Chicago, was the acquisition of Dynix by rival Sirsi. The combined company, Sirsi-Dynix, is by far the largest in the library automation industry. ...
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