Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 9, November

Accreditation, ROI, and the Online Academic Library
Today's academic libraries must demonstrate their value to cost-conscious university administrators.Accordingly, ... budget trade-off decisions that involve the library are the most difficult for any university administrator to make. To put it crassly...
Accreditation, ROI, and the Online Academic Library: Today's Academic Libraries Must Demonstrate Their Value to Cost-Conscious University Administrators
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Accordingly, ... budget trade-off decisions that involve the library are the most difficult for any university administrator to make. To put it crassly--sustain the library budget or pay the start up package for a new professor...
Ask a Librarian
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature in which librarians have a chance to comment on the topic of the month featured in the current Computers in Libraries. In this issue, Pamela H. MacKellar, a teacher, library consultant,...
Augmenting Your Reality
It can be a confusing time to talk about technology. On the one hand, we're constantly hearing about information overload and how people are drowning in the constant flow of data. On the other hand, some of the most exciting developments are taking...
Can Libraries Prove Their Value through ROI?
We librarians are a frugal bunch. We are careful with office supplies, mend worn books rather than replace them, and use our computers until they are too old and outdated to be useful. One of the driving forces behind this frugality might be that funding...
Destroying Your Comfort Zone
NEW SKlLLS, NEW SERVICES, A FUN NEW APPROACH TO EXPERIMENT WITH ... THAT'S THE GOOD STUFF.The best advice I ever received about how to choose a job came from Dave Rogers, whose seminar on Digital Libraries I took at the University of Michigan's School...
Destroying Your Comfort Zone: New Skills, New Services, a Fun New Approach to Experiment with ... That's the Good Stuff
The best advice I ever received about how to choose a job came from Dave Rogers, whose seminar on Digital Libraries I took at the University of Michigan's School of Information in 1995. Back then "and Library Studies" was still part of the school's...
Ebook Lending: Asserting the Value of Libraries as the Future of Books Unfolds
I'VE SEEN LIBRARIES STEADILY MOVE TOWARD INCREASED INVOLVEMENT WITH ELECTRONIC AND DIGITAL CONTENT. THE RISE OF EBOOKS ISJUST THE LATEST CHAPTER IN THE STORY.A statement that I've heard lately asserts that the need for public libraries will recede in...
Ebook Lending: Asserting the Value of Libraries as the Future of Books Unfolds :I've Seen Libraries Steadily Move toward Increased Involvement with Electronic and Digital Content. the Rise of Ebooks Is Just the Latest Chapter in the Story
A statement that I've heard lately asserts that the need for public libraries will recede in the future once ebooks become the dominant media. Its proponents suggest that online outlets such as Amazon and Apple will obviate the need for libraries....
Efficient Solutions for Time-Consuming Jobs in the Library
Two of the most time-consuming jobs in the library are taking inventory and keeping track of in-house uses of library material. Librarians have long been searching for more efficient solutions for these two activities. New technology can be the answer...
Efficient Solutions for Time-Consuming Jobs in the Library: New Technology Can Be the Answer to Creating Efficiency for Libraries
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Two of the most time-consuming jobs in the library are taking inventory and keeping track of in-house uses of library material. Librarians have long been searching for more efficient solutions for these two activities. New...
How to Successfully Survive a Mandated Project
YOU CAN MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OFTHESE EXPERIENCES BY USING THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OUTLINED HERE AS YOU WORK THROUGH A MANDATED PROJECT.Library IT operations are unique. On the one hand, they are part of an institution's IT department, but on the other hand,...
How to Successfully Survive a Mandated Project: You Can Minimize the Impact of These Experiences by Using the Seven Principles Outlined Here as You Work through a Mandated Project
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Library IT operations are unique. On the one hand, they are part of an institution's IT department, but on the other hand, they are completely different from other organizations within the institute. With information technologies'...
Libraries Adding Value with Technology TRAINING
Creating curriculum once and presentin it many times in multiple formats gives the public a great return on its investment in the library.Traditional libraries are being redefined. They are not only places to access books in print but are also rich resources...
Libraries Adding Value with Technology Training: Creating Curriculum Once and Presenting It Many Times in Multiple Formats Gives the Public a Great Return on Its Investment in the Library
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Traditional libraries are being redefined. They are not only places to access books in print but are also rich resources for digital assets. As a result, technology training programs need to progress beyond basic "mouse and...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsScholes Library at the Alfred University in New York appointed Fang Wan as an assistant librarian in the areas of emerging technology and engineering.Prior to this, she was reference assistant at Grainger Engineering...
Thirty-Five Years' Worth of ROI
NOW MORE THAN EVER, THE CALLS TO JUSTIFY OUR EXISTENCE ARE PRIMARILY DRIVEN BY FINANCES.Even as the 21st century library becomes increasingly digital, with "right-sized" (which is to say lean) staffing, none of us is surprised when our mission writ large...
Thirty-Five Years' Worth of ROI: Now More Than Ever, the Calls to Justify Our Existence Are Primarily Driven by Finances
Even as the 21st century library becomes increasingly digital, with "right-sized" (which is to say lean) staffing, none of us is surprised when our mission writ large is called into question. Yet as the 21st century lurches forward, the tenor of the...
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