Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 8, October

Adapting to Change with Encore Synergy: New Directions in Discovery
New technologies and methods of knowledge transfer by many accounts have eclipsed the traditional concept of "collection" and the associated methods of discovery and delivery. The use of electronic databases has exploded, meaning there is less need...
Architecting New Library Frameworks
The Interconnected Reality of Libraries We live in an era of social, enterprise-oriented, and increasingly cloud-based technology; a dramatic shift away from stand-alone isolated silos that previously dominated. Computing systems can flourish today...
Changing the Channel
My iPod touch confuses me. It's not that I don't like it--I think it's great. I carry it with me everywhere. I do nearly everything with it I can do on the internet and a lot of things I used to do without a computer. Reading the web and email, checking...
Closing the 'DIGITAL DIVIDE'
Building a Public Computing CenterPublic computer and broadband internet access is one of the fastest growing and most popular services offered by public libraries today. As competition in the communications market remains low, monthly rates remain high,...
Closing the 'Digital Divide': Building a Public Computing Center: Though Not Intended to Be a Replacement for a Full-Service Branch, the Public Computing Center Does Offer a Budget-Friendly Option for Quickly Expanding High-Demand Services into the Community
Public computer and broadband internet access is one of the fastest growing and most popular services offered by public libraries today. As competition in the communications market remains low, monthly rates remain high, and broadband adoption rates...
Geolocation @ Your Library
Social software has come full circle, and instead of sending us out into the cloud, it's bringing us back to where we are. Geolocation and the data visualization tools that surround it are new ways to find a sense of place, even on the internet. I...
Hearts, Minds, and the Library's Physical Space
Libraries have been gifted with the opportunity to play a key role in evolving digital learning environments in higher education and in communities of practice in industry. Yet even as our digital initiatives grow in scope and as an overall percentage...
If We Build It, Will They Still Come?
For librarians who have been practicing the profession through the rapid advance of technology, it seems like the "things" associated with the profession are disappearing. Card catalogs have been replaced with OPACs, audio and video materials are now...
Imagine That
Who says a library has to be the kind of place that Andrew Carnegie would have molded marble walls around or that Norman Rockwell would have memorialized with books and ladders? Perhaps nudged a bit by current economic conditions, more and more...
IU Bloomington Moves Forward with MESUR Project
Indiana University-Bloomington (IU Bloomington) recently received a grant of $349,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will be shared by university associate professor Johan Bollen and the National Information Standards Organization...
Letter to the Editor
TO THE EDITOR:I would like to thank Adrienne Brown Canty for her excellent article "Getting a 'Decent Sort': Key Considerations When Planning for AMH" (pp. 12-18) in the July/August 2010 issue of Computers in Libraries. My library has just completed...
Library Kiosks: A Balancing Act
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] in 2009, I spearheaded the Thunder Bay Public Library's (TBPL) service audit on kiosks. A task force comprising staff from the children's, reference, and adult services departments was formed to work on the audit. Task force...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsCILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) announced that Annie Mauger will be its new chief executive.Most recently, Mauger was acting chief executive for Bradford Action for Refugees....
Sign-a-Palooza
A halo of signs, some stuffed into thick plastic sheaths while others curled under yellow tape, cluttered our desks. They bleated out messages of closings, procedures, and warnings. Their number undermined their cause. All too often a customer would...
You Have HOW MANY Spreadsheets?
Rethinking Electronic Resource ManagementAs libraries face a veritable explosion of electronic resources and as the interconnectedness of print and online resources becomes increasingly complicated, many of us are challenged to find efficient and costfriendly...
You Have How Many Spreadsheets? Rethinking Electronic Resource Management
Meet Theresa Borchert, the electronic resources librarian at our library. Theresa's email inbox is a disaster. Or rather, it was. Concordia College, a small liberal arts college in the Midwest where author Erika Rux also is employed as computer and...
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