Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 6, June

Accessing Pcs Remotely across a Rural County Library System
No matter how far away our PCs are, we have full control right at our fingertips.The Douglas County Library System (DCLS) is a rural system in Southern Oregon. Our county extends from the Pacific coast to the Cascade Mountains, stopping short of Crater...
Accessing PCs Remotely across a Rural County Library System: No Matter How Far Away Our PCs Are, We Have Full Control Right at Our Fingertips
The Douglas County Library System (DCLS) is a rural system in Southern Oregon. Our county extends from the Pacific coast to the Cascade Mountains, stopping short of Crater Lake National Park, and encompasses approximately 5,000 square miles. (It's...
An Overview of Public Access Computer Software Management Tools for Libraries
Today, there are many easy-to-use and cost-effective tools to help manage public access computers.Most libraries now recognize that public access computers are essential to providing excellent service to patrons. Managing these computers has become a...
Ask Techman
S.C. of N.Y. asks: Why do you suppose more people don't use laptops to take notes at conferences? techman responds: You might think that the primary reason is cost, but I'm guessing that ergonomics is a big factor. For instance, I may look like...
Drowning in PC Management: Could a Linux Solution Save Us?
Struggling in a sea of systems work, we grasped at a Linux life preserver. Buoyed by the new software, now it's smooth sailing.In 2003, our few remaining public access computers (PACs) were disintegrating before our eyes. Upgrading the system was imperative,...
Drowning in PC Management: Could a Linux Solution Save Us? Struggling in a Sea of Systems Work, We Grasped at a Linux Life Preserver. Buoyed by the New Software, Now It's Smooth Sailing
In 2003, our few remaining public access computers (PACs) were disintegrating before our eyes. Upgrading the system was imperative, and soon! Our PACs had become a public embarrassment, but resources and time were tight. Then a chance encounter brought...
How to Write for Computers in Libraries
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Installing and Managing PC Time-Control Software
Our librarians were tired of breaking up arguments between patrons who wanted to use our computers. But after implementing some software, control was in our grasp.I work as an electronic resources librarian for the main library of the Kanawha County...
Installing and Managing PC Time-Control Software: Our Librarians Were Tired of Breaking Up Arguments between Patrons Who Wanted to Use Our Computers. but after Implementing Some Software, Control Was in Our Grasp
I work as an electronic resources librarian for the main library of the Kanawha County Public Library System in Charleston, W. Va. We have nine branches located all over the county, serving a population of 200,073. (Though all West Virginia residents...
Managing Minions and Milestones
This issue is supposed to be about managing computers, for both staff and the public. I think the phrase might be an oxymoron. In any case, usage of computers tends to grow in seemingly random patterns, not always with much evident control. Their operation...
Managing Public Access Computers and the People Who Use Them
A friend of mine who is a teacher once told me that computers are easier to manage than students because computers do what you tell them to do and they don't talk back. I have to admit, however, that the computers that I manage in the Monroeville Public...
Managing Technology and Its Consequences
I've been looking forward to this issue theme ever since we chose it last summer. To me, Managing Computers for Staff and the Public precisely describes one of the major concerns of CIL readers. I suspected that we'd get some great article queries,...
Noted & Quoted
The Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) has announced that Carl Lagoze is the winner of the 2004 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The award, sponsored by OCLC and LITA, consists of $2,000,...
Overview Public Access Computer Software Management Tools for Libraries: Today, There Are Many Easy-to-Use and Cost-Effective Tools to Help Manage Public Access Computers
Most libraries now recognize that public access computers are essential to providing excellent service to patrons. Managing these computers has become a major responsibility for library staffs. Patrons expect to find secure and well-maintained computers...
People from around the World Gather in D.C. for CIL Conference
The 19th annual Computers in Libraries conference had something for everyone, as proven by its attendance statistics. People from 14 countries and from 48 of the 50 American states came to Washington, D.C., in March. Conference attendance was 7 percent...
Platform Evolution: From Dumb Terminals to PCs to the Web and Beyond
It's remarkable to me how much public computing has changed since I began working for the Vanderbilt University library system in the mid-1980s. We, like most libraries, have followed a progression of technologies that began with dumb terminals connected...
The Atkins Diet for Library Computing
Remember dumb terminals--those wonderful, flashing-cursor monitors that were somehow attached to the mainframe server somewhere in the ivory tower of library computing? I'm still not convinced that they've gotten much smarter. In fact, I think that...
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