Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 5, June

Amsterdam's Airport Library Serves Passengers in 30 Languages
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When you need to serve a specific group of people, the best way to start is to get to know those people's traits, wants, and needs before you design products and services for them. But what if you want to serve a population...
Assessing Innovation in Corporate and Government Libraries
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Context This study reports on the results of interviews conducted in December 2009 and January 2010 to identify innovative service trends in library and information services in the government and corporate arenas. The...
How to Craft Social Media for Graduate Study
Working as I do in a community of senior faculty and doctoral-level students, I've had many opportunities to watch and participate in projects that try to bring social media to life in ways that make sense to scholars. Interestingly, this is not always...
Innovative Services in Libraries
We've had a number of conversations recently about innovation. Does innovation mean incrementally changing systems or services to be better than they were? Or does it mean really doing things differently, fundamentally changing our products or operations?...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsawardsALA announced that the Orange County Library System in Orlando, Fla., is the recipient of the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. This award is presented annually to a library that demonstrates...
NYPL Opens Doors to Discovery Game
The New York Public Library (NYPL) created a game to incorporate smartphones into the discovery of its collections. Game designer and author Jane McGonigal worked with teams at Playmatics and Natron Baxter to create Find the Future: The Game around...
Recognizing Innovation
How do we recognize innovation in libraries? Is it like great art or pornography? That is to say, "I'll know it when I see it." I think that there may be some truth to this cliche, but it's also a function of keeping an open mind--ideally, all the...
Still Special after All These Years
In my last two columns, I discussed how librarians in public and academic libraries are responding to the challenges of using new information technologies to improve services to patrons. Librarians in special libraries also face these challenges and,...
Still Special after All These Years
In my last two columns, I discussed how librarians in public and academic libraries are responding to the challenges of using new information technologies to improve services to patrons. Librarians in special libraries also face these challenges and,...
Summer Reading Club
One of my favorite memories involves the summer reading program at the public library. It's fuzzy, and it's probably a mishmash of several summers all at once, but I can still see the long box filled with cards and feel those cards under my fingers...
The National Insurance Academy
Serving India's Insurance Professionals and ResearchersThis article will discuss how a special library can meet the needs of a specific industry. I will focus on India's National Insurance Academy (NIA) Library, which serves the insurance industry of...
The National Insurance Academy: Serving India's Insurance Professionals and Researchers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This article will discuss how a special library can meet the needs of a specific industry. I will focus on India's National Insurance Academy (NIA) Library, which serves the insurance industry of India and some neighboring...
The Special Challenges for National Libraries
In my experience with many different kinds of libraries, I have found that national libraries perform some of the most interesting, important, and challenging roles and likewise are involved in some of the most fascinating uses of automation and technology....
The Web: Still Connecting Us in Surprising Ways
If the web were a human, it would be old enough to vote. It's been around long enough that you might think we have a good idea of what it's all about. We've seen it at its best; we've seen it on some pretty bad days too. Adding it all up, most of us...
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