Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 5, May

Accessible IT: Hello IM, GoodBye TTY
Our society and culture, particularly our embedded and emerging information and communication systems, seem to be evolving gradually away from heavy reliance on visible alphanumeric text toward more oral, auditory, and image-based communication. Some...
Breaking into Communities of Practice
"BY IMMERSING MYSELF IN THE INTELLECTUAL LIVES OF MY COLLEAGUES, I AM TRYING TO CREATE THE CONDITIONS THAT WILL ALLOW A FEW SEEDS TO GROW INTO STRONG COLLEGIAL RELATIONSHIPS."The library profession has made big advances in advocating for information...
Building and Using a Tool to Assess Info and Tech Literacy
Today it is essential to have the ability to locate, digest, evaluate, synthesize, organize, and communicate information. Many Net Gen teens have grown up with computers. But are today's students really adept at solving information problems in this...
Building Digital Libraries: Breaking into Communities of Practice
The library profession has made big advances in advocating for information literacy. High-profile initiatives, such as ACRL's comprehensive strategies, have helped us attract the attention of teachers, administrators, and policy-makers. (See http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlissues/acrlinfolit/informationliteracy.htm.)...
Hello IM, Goodbye TTY
ALTHOUGH TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING IT EASIER FOR LIBRARIANS TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE SERVICES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO IN THIS AREA.Our society and culture, particularly our embedded and emerging information and communication systems,...
How Gaming Could Improve Information Literacy
Some of you might recall a scene from the 1983 movie WarGames in which a precocious high schooler (played by Matthew Broderick) is intensely concentrating in front of a microfiche reader at the school library. He's not researching for a term paper...
Information Literacy and Technology-They Work Best When They Work Together
"IN ORDER FOR PATRONS TO MAKE THE WISEST USE OF THE LIBRARY, THEY MUST BE BOTH COMPUTER-AND INFORMATION-LITERATE."When I first saw this month's theme, Info Literacy/Tech Literacy, and its tagline of "testing and training students and seniors," I was...
Noted & Quoted
The SPARC Steering Committee announced that it has elected Ray English to the position of chair. English, the Azariah Smith Root director of libraries at Oberlin College, has served on the Steering Committee since 1999. Recently, English was named...
Online Treasures: Information Literacy and Technology-They Work Best When They Work Together
When I first saw this month's theme, Info Literacy/Tech Literacy, and its tagline of "testing and training students and seniors," I was instantly reminded of the Christmas when my youngest son received a Sega game console as a present. He had been...
Teaching People to Be Savvy Travelers in a Technological World
Too many technology classes are about reaching goals that trainers have set rather than teaching skills that students actually need. I've chosen the road less traveled-teaching concepts that people can build on for years rather than steps that they can...
Teaching People to Be Savvy Travelers in a Technological World: Too Many Technology Classes Are about Reaching Goals That Trainers Have Set Rather Than Teaching Skills That Students Actually Need. I've Chosen the Road Less Traveled-Teaching Concepts That People Can Build on for Years Rather Than Steps That They Can Use for Months
The differences between being technology-challenged and being technology-literate are similar to the differences between being an inexperienced traveler and being a savvy traveler. So it follows that a good technology trainer is like a good tour guide,...
Tech Tips for Every Librarian: Ten Tips for Technology Training
Technology training in libraries is more important than ever. New tools and systems require new training and new methods of instruction. How many librarians have found themselves the "accidental" tech trainer for their organizations in recent years?...
Ten Tips for Technology Training
tech tips for every librarianTechnology training in libraries is more important than ever. New tools and systems require new training and new methods of instruction. How many librarians have found themselves the "accidental" tech trainer for their organizations...
Testing for Great Testers
Information literacy is not a new concept, but it's one that becomes more and more important as a myriad of information goes online. It also matters more as lots of data gets self-published, without the intermediary of a trusted publisher to act as...
The Systems Librarian: Web 2.0? Let's Get to Web 1.0 First
It seems that everyone is talking about Web 2.0. This new vision of the Web enables greater interactivity, more user control of information, radical personalization, the development of online communities, and more democratic management of information....
Web 2.0? Let's Get to Web 1.0 First
IMPROVING THE TECHNICAL PRACTICES SO THAT THE CURRENT GENERATION OF WEB SITES RELIES ON VALID XHTML AND CSS CODING STANDARDS WILL PROVIDE A STRONGER FOOTING AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH NEXT-GENERATION WEB TECHNOLOGIES.It seems that everyone is talking about...
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