Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 4, April

23rd Annual Computers in Libraries 2008: North America's Largest Technology Conference & Exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers
Hyatt Regency Crystal City April 7-9, 2008 INNOVATIVE CHANGE: Integrating High Tech With High Touch * Searching and Search Engines * Content Management * Web Design & Social Software * Innovation & Change * Next Gen Catalogs...
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ALA has made several announcements. Glenn Peterson, web administrator at Hennepin County (Minn.) Library, is the recipient of the 2008 LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award. The award, sponsored by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and LITA,...
Building a Community of Readers: BookSpace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the spring of 2006, Hennepin County Library (HCL) in Minneapolis set out to create a compelling new reader's advisory website. Inspired by Web 2.0 principles, we wanted to engage our users as active participants, to integrate...
Content, Community, and Visibility: A Winning Combination
TODAY'S LIBRARIES OPERATE IN A DUAL EXISTENCE, DIVIDED BETWEEN IN-PERSON AND ONLINE SERVICES.Today's libraries operate in a dual existence, divided between in-person and online services. In the business realm it's not at all unusual to have brick-and-mortar...
Content, Community, and Visibility: A Winning Combination: Today's Libraries Operate in a Dual Existence, Divided between In-Person and Online Services
Today's libraries operate in a dual existence, divided between in-person and online services. In the business realm it's not at all unusual to have brick-and-mortar establishments and to offer ecommerce on the web. Library-as-lace and the delivery...
Creating Communities with Podcasting
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At UCOL (Universal College of Learning) tertiary library in Palmerston North, New Zealand, we became aware of podcasting as a new method of communicating with patrons. Businesses are doing podcasts. Universities are podcasting....
Creating Communities with Pod Casting
At UCOL (Universal College of Learning) tertiary library in Palmerston North, New Zealand, we became aware of podcasting as a new method of communicating with patrons. Businesses are doing podcasts. Universities are podcasting. Podcasts are forming communities...
Help Me out Here!
There's nothing like going "hands on" with a project to really get to understand its ins and outs. My 60-some days of hands-on experience with Computers in Libraries magazine has taught me a lot about many things. This April issue is all about libraries...
Infodoodads-Building a New Blog Community
Last year six librarians got together and built a new, successful blog. This is their story.In December 2006, Laurie Bridges, our friend and librarian colleague at Oregon State University, asked us if we wanted to start a blog with her and a couple of...
Infodoodads-Building a New Blog Community: Last Year Six Librarians Got Together and Built a New, Successful Blog. This Is Their Story
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In December 2006, Laurie Bridges, our friend and librarian colleague at Oregon State University, asked us if we wanted to start a blog with her and a couple of other librarian friends. We said "Sure," then waited to see if...
Noted & Quoted
ALA has made several announcements.Glenn Peterson, web administrator at Hennepin County (Minn.) Library, is the recipient of the 2008 LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award. The award, sponsored by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and LITA, consists...
Optimizing In-House Internet Experiences
While the rest of this issue focuses on ways to build community online, libraries also continue to struggle with how best to help their own communities access and use online resources. While libraries often provide the only free internet access around,...
Say 'Hi!' to the Bloggers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jenica Rogers-Urbanek, author of Attempting Elegance (http://rogersurbanek.wordpress.com) Hi! My name is Jenica Rogers-Urbanek. I write the blog Attempting Elegance, and I am the collection development coordinator and...
Social Networks and the Library Community
All libraries, no matter if they are public, academic, school, or special, are community libraries because each one serves a specific community. Public libraries generally serve geographic communities, and academic and school libraries serve institutional...
Tales of Technology Innovation GONE WRONG
No matter what Kind of library you work in these days, you live and breathe technology Solutions for information discovery and retrieval.People don't want to talk about failure, and technological innovations that don't work out are especially difficult...
Tales of Technology Innovation Gone Wrong: No Matter What Kind of Library You Work in These Days, You Live and Breathe Technology Solutions for Information Discovery and Retrieval
People don't want to talk about failure, and technological innovations that don't work out are especially difficult for librarians to discuss. With innovation, you are trying something new--you are boldly going where no man has gone before, and the...
The Doppler Effect of Online Communities
YOU CAN LEARN TO SENSE WHEN ONLINE COMMUNITIES ARE ON THEIR WAY UP OR DOWN AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THAT COMMUNITY.Every day we all take part in different communities. Home, family, neighborhood, social, religious, regional, political,...
The Doppler Effect of Online Communities: You Can Learn to Sense When Online Communities Are on Their Way Up or Down and What That Means for Your Participation in That Community
Every day we all take part in different communities. Home, family, neighborhood, social, religious, regional, political, and professional communities are the most prominent for many of us, and many people identify themselves according to the roles...
The Inbox
letters to the editorFrom: Gretchen FreemanSent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 4:44 PMTo: Computers in LibrariesSubject: Letter to the EditorHow disappointing that your February 2008 issue of Computers in Libraries on the theme of selfcheckout failed...
Twenty Years of Changes in Information, Online Technology, and Research
Recently the editor was having a cup of coffee at his neighborhood cafe, when he overheard a conversation of two local artsy 20-somethings at the next table. The young men were trying to think up funny lines for an animated character in a "webisode"...
Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Community Begins
UNDERSTANDING FUN AND ITS CRUCIAL ROLE IS AN IMPORTANT SKILL FOR DIGITAL LIBRARIANS.Looking back to library school, I recall that I loved children's literature and storytelling class, even though I knew I was heading toward the corporate sector at the...
Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Community Begins: Understanding Fun and Its Crucial Role Is an Important Skill for Digital Librarians
Looking back to library school, I recall that I loved children's literature and storytelling class, even though I knew I was heading toward the corporate sector at the time. Storytelling class was captivating for me, and it was there that I first read...
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