Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 4, April

Audio Description Adds Value to Digital Images
Imagine trying to enjoy browsing through a wonderful Web site that contains lots of digital images on a historical topic of interest to you without being able to view the photographs. There is nothing there for you, unless there is a scrap of a description...
Going Mobile
These days, it seems as if everyone is "going mobile," as The Who once put it. Younger people are especially reliant on their instant messaging chatter, camera phones, iPods, and portable video games. Many middle-agers have grown quite attached to...
How to Serve Content to PDA Users On-the-Go
People today just want to grab some fast info while they're on-the-go. Do you know how to serve up what they want?Fans of mobile devices are everywhere, and they are using their PDAs, smart phones, and mobile phones to access Web-based content. Chances...
How to Serve Content to PDA Users On-the-Go: People Today Just Want to Grab Some Fast Info While They're On-the-Go. Do You Know How to Serve Up What They Want?
Fans of mobile devices are everywhere, and they are using their PDAs, smart phones, and mobile phones to access Web-based content. Chances are that they are trying to access your library's Web site or to find library-based content for their devices....
How We Funneled Searchers from Google to Our Collections by Catering to Web Crawlers
One of my projects that I've mentioned many times in this space is the Vanderbilt Television News Archive. In past columns, I've talked about how we use large-scale digital video technologies and described some of the techniques we've found for analyzing...
IM=FASTER Virtual Reference on the Cheap!
Remember the wave of virtual reference talk a few years back? Remember how virtual reference services were supposed to change the very foundations of what we do? Remember how some librarians discovered that those systems required users to navigate...
North Carolina State University
The North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries announced the appointment of Emily J. Lynema as systems librarian for digital projects. She will be responsible for managing librarywide software implementations. She will also be a liaison between...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries announced the appointment of Emily J. Lynema as systems librarian for digital projects. She will be responsible for managing librarywide software implementations....
Nurse REFRESHER STUDENTS GET A HAND FROM Handhelds
To help ease the technology shock for nurses who have been out of the field for more than 5 years, my medical library collaborated with administrators of a nursing education program to purchase PDAs and load them with appropriate software. Here are the...
Nurse Refresher Students Get a Hand from Handhelds: To Help Ease the Technology Shock for Nurses Who Have Been out of the Field for More Than 5 Years, My Medical Library Collaborated with Administrators of a Nursing Education Program to Purchase PDAs and Load Them with Appropriate Software. Here Are the Steps We Followed and What We Learned
Returning registered nurses face an uphill challenge when re-entering their field. To help ease the technology shock for those who have been out of the field for more than 5 years, the library I worked at introduced a project between 2004 and 2005...
Podcasting 101 for K-12 Librarians
OUR 21ST-CENTURY SCHOOL LIBRARIANS CAN LEAD THE WAY WITH INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING, NEW RESOURCES, AND CREATIVE INSTRUCTION. BUT FIRST, THEY NEED TO LEARN WHAT PODCASTING IS ALL ABOUT.The New Oxford American Dictionary chose "podcast" as its 2005 Word of...
Podcasting 101 for K-12 Librarians: Our 21st-Century School Librarians Can Lead the Way with Innovative Programming, New Resources, and Creative Instruction. but First, They Need to Learn What Podcasting Is All About
The New Oxford American Dictionary chose "podcast" as its 2005 Word of the Year over "persistent vegetative state," "bird flu," "sudoku," "rootkit," and "lifehack." (1) During the past 2 years, podcasting has become increasingly familiar as a method...
So Many Mobile Devices, So Little Time
Nowhere is the "build it and they will come" mentality more prevalent these days than in the mobile content space. Many for-profit organizations have moved well beyond the "should we?" phase and now find themselves buried in the "how-to" phase. Libraries...
What's in Their Pockets? Mobile Electronics
We've all heard the commercials touting various credit cards and how absolutely indispensable they are in today's world. The title of this article is an allusion to the commercial that ends with the question "What's in your wallet?" Another similar...
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