Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 6, June

Anonymous Library Cards Allow You to Wonder, 'Who Was That Masked Patron?'
Soon libraries will be able to protect themselves from many legal snafus by opting to let patrons remain anonymous.As fans of classic radio and TV know, the Lone Ranger wore a mask to hide his identity from the outlaws he brought to justice. While the...
Anonymous Library Cards Allow You to Wonder, 'Who Was That Masked Patron?' Soon Libraries Will Be Able to Protect Themselves from Many Legal Snafus by Opting to Let Patrons Remain Anonymous
As fans of classic radio and TV know, the Lone Ranger wore a mask to hide his identity from the outlaws he brought to justice. While the people he helped asked, "Who was that masked man?" the audience knew that John Reid was safe only because his mask...
Ask Techman
GS from Baton Rouge, La., writes: How much storage should a repository have? How many terabytes? techman responds: Depends on what you're putting in your repository and how big it's going to get (and whether you're going to be responsible for a...
Building Trust through Secure Web Sites
Who can you trust on the Web? These days, with identity theft seemingly rampant, it's more important than ever to take all possible measures to protect your privacy and to shield personal information from those who might not have good intentions. In...
I've Been Framed! Designing a Library Web Site within a Government Frame
Our library's Web site was being held captive by a government frame. Here are some strategies that you can use to help free your site from the shackles of another organization's construct.I really don't like people telling me what to do. So, you can...
I've Been Framed! Designing a Library Web Site within a Government Frame: Our Library's Web Site Was Being Held Captive by a Government Frame. Here Are Some Strategies That You Can Use to Help Free Your Site from the Shackles of Another Organization's Construct
I really don't like people telling me what to do. So, you can imagine my dismay when I arrived at my current job to find that a good one-third of my duties as Web-mistress would involve someone else, someone not even from the library, telling me what...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsCILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (U.K.) announced that Debby Shorley was invested as the fourth president of CILIP by the outgoing president, Margaret Haines.Currently, Shorley...
Protecting USER PRIVACY in the Age of DIGITAL LIBRARIES
When SUNY decided to move all of its libraries to the same ILS, I learned that the more data you have, the more data you have to protect-or scrub away.As the electronic services librarian at SUNY Cortland, I am responsible for the electronic presence...
Protecting User Privacy in the Age of Digital Libraries: When SUNY Decided to Move All of Its Libraries to the Same ILS, I Learned That the More Data You Have, the More Data You Have to Protect-Or Scrub Away
As the electronic services librarian at SUNY Cortland, I am responsible for the electronic presence of the library; I also provide cohesion between the library's various Web-based systems and electronic information. While SUNY Cortland is a medium-sized,...
Security Meets Real-World Computing
When you work for a large and storied institution like the University of California-Berkeley, you become somewhat inured to inch-tall headlines announcing big news in the papers, scientific breakthroughs, or hearing your friends and colleagues pose...
Should There Be an Expectation of Privacy in the Library?
Whether by happy circumstance or as proof of the timeliness and importance of this issue's theme, discussions of the issue of privacy (or, more accurately, breaches of privacy), were prominent in the news as I was working on this column. I am sure...
Studying Indiana Public Libraries' Usage of Internet Filters
Wonder how others handle the touchy subject of filtering? Check these results from a statewide survey in Indiana.A lot of literature from the past few years has discussed the importance of bridging the digital divide that exists between those with Internet...
Studying Indiana Public Libraries' Usage of Internet Filters: Wonder How Others Handle the Touchy Subject of Filtering? Check These Results from a Statewide Survey in Indiana
A lot of literature from the past few years has discussed the importance of bridging the digital divide that exists between those with Internet access and those without. Public libraries have often declared themselves to be that bridge. This article...
Technology and Politics Weave a Tangled Web
Politics can be a very complicated topic. So can technology. If you put the two together--watch out! Unfortunately, in today's world, they have become permanently entwined in many ways. Politicians use automatic phone-calling systems and flashy Web...
Using Web Services and XML Harvesting to Achieve a Dynamic Web Site
Exploiting and contextualizing free information is a natural part of library culture. For example, our Web page at Herrick Library contains hundreds of links to free and useful resources. We are always on the lookout for practical links. But, like...
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