Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, April

A Practical Guide for Building a User-Focused Digital Library Collection
With changing user expectations, many libraries are moving toward digital content. Accessible from anywhere at any time, digital content provides users with efficient, on-demand information experiences. Accordingly librarians are presented with challenges...
A Practical Guide for Building a User-Focused Digital Library Collection: By Working through the Various Processes of Digital Content and Collection, You Will Be Better Equipped to Work with Your Library's Digital Content
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With changing user expectations, many libraries are moving toward digital content. Accessible from anywhere at any time, digital content provides users with efficient, on-demand information experiences. Accordingly, librarians...
Ask a Librarian
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to comment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Carolyn Sosnowski, information specialist in the Special Libraries Association's...
Developing Content Collections
The Library Catalog as an Early Literacy GuideWe have attempted to create a more searchable online catalog, utilizing MARC subject fields, to assist patrons in finding accessible materials for early elementary children.The Slater Public Library, of which...
Developing Content Collections: The Library Catalog as an Early Literacy Guide
The Slater Public Library, of which I am director, serves a central Iowa community of approximately 2,000 people. This town, like many Iowa towns, is but a small boat, thrashed in winter by icy winds. But in summer, it is surrounded on all sides by...
Diving into the Blue
A Look at Michigan's RepositoriesLibraries are constantly evolving and changing expectations for the user and the information environment. More than just being an authoritative source for research, expertise, and quality content in the form of books...
Diving into the Blue: A Look at Michigan's Repositories
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Libraries are constantly evolving and changing expectations for the user and the information environment. More than just being an authoritative source for research, expertise, and quality content in the form of books and journals,...
Librarians Become Publishers
The roles of libraries and librarians have been changed profoundly by advancements in technology. Librarians are aware that patrons are becoming more self-sufficient in satisfying their information needs. Libraries are not the only institutions...
LibTech Highlights from ALA Midwinter
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Despite lower attendance than in the past and blustery, cold weather, the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in Denver in January offered lots of news from industry vendors and lots of opportunities to discuss...
Maximizing the Impact of Digital Collections
Libraries have been increasingly involved in the creation of digital library collections and other content repositories. It's not unusual at all for libraries to be involved in digitizing collections of manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, postcards,...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsDOK, the "library con- cept center" in Delft, has won the prize of euro10,000 (about $12,950 U.S.) for be- ing the most innovative li- brary in the Netherlands in 2008. Every year, the Dutch Library Association...
On Campus or out of Town
All the time spent on a tutorial goes into the mission of providing our patrons with better service, so it is worth the effort.How Publishing Online Tutorials can Help Your PatronsI am a lucky librarian. I was hired by the Medical College of Georgia...
On Campus or out of Town: How Publishing Online Tutorials Can Help Your Patrons
I am a lucky librarian. I was hired by the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where I now serve as information services coordinator, while I was still in library school. Better yet, I was hired to be its young, hip techie librarian. Even though...
Publishers in Libraries
Having had the privilege to make presentations in London at Internet Librarian International, I've gained a keen appreciation for the value of tossing a pun here and there or twisting a "dodgy" phrase or two down the river of irony that flows through...
Putting on Your Publishing Cap
Libraries are publishers--and have been for a long while. The card catalog itself is an information product in its own right and a content resource, bar none. This issue of Computers in Libraries magazine runs the gamut from archiving stuff in vast...
So We're Publishers Now
First, a disclaimer: I'm not Jessamyn West. My name is Donna Ekart, and I'm a librarian and the communications coordinator at K-State Libraries in Manhattan, Kan. I like to think and talk about how libraries deliver technology to their patrons, and...
The Future of Federated Search, or What Will the World Look like in 10 Years
In 10 years, federated search--or search of any kind for that matter--won't exist. What? Heresy, you say! Let me elaborate. The function of search will exist--but not in a context with which any of us is familiar today. After all, "search" only...
The Geography of Linked Data and Ready Reference
The tech bunch is always buzzing about something. I judge the "buzziness" in part by whether it's hit the mainstream library world, and I judge that by watching to see if Roy Tennant's talking about it. Tennant has an amazing ability to track tech...
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