Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 5, May

Being Organic Gives Reference Librarians the Edge over Computers
A few years ago, the San Francisco Bay Region Chapter of the Special Libraries Association hosted a special dinner meeting that featured a screening of the classic movie Desk Set. For those who haven't seen it, the plot (in brief) involved a showdown...
Bilingual Virtual Reference: It's Better Than Searching the Open Web
For some time now, librarians throughout North America have been developing innovative online services designed to meet the needs of 21st-century patrons. Real-time virtual reference is at the forefront of these services. Until recently, it was available...
Branding Helped to Promote Our Library and Its Technology
AN OVERALL IDENTITY-BUILDING PROGRAM REALLY IMPACTED THE LIBRARY'S WEB SITE AND INCREASED ITS USAGE.If the terms "brand" and "identity" conjure up an image of golden arches or a white swoosh, you're in marketing mode. And if you have a couple of years,...
Branding Helped to Promote Our Library and Its Technology: An Overall Identity-Building Program Really Impacted the Library's Web Site and Increased Its Usage
If the terms "brand" and "identity" conjure up an image of golden arches or a white swoosh, you're in marketing mode. And if you have a couple of years, attentive committees, and $30,000 or so, then you have the makings of an effective identity program....
It's Time to Prove Our Mettle
THE BENEFITS THAT A LIBRARY BRINGS TO ITS LOCAL COMMUNITY MUST BE QUANTIFIED, SO THAT THEY ARE MORE THAN JUST VAGUE STATEMENTS."A Banner Year!" proclaims the headline on the latest issue of Library Lines, the newsletter of the Monroeville Public Library....
It's Time to Prove Our Mettle; the Benefits That a Library Brings to Its Local Community Must Be Quantified, So That They Are More Than Just Vague Statements
"A Banner Year!" proclaims the headline on the latest issue of Library Lines, the newsletter of the Monroeville Public Library. 2003 was such a year, because we recorded the highest circulation figures in our history, and did so while migrating to...
Kevin from Pa. Writes
Kevin from Pa. writes: So many hosts on the Internet ... can be infected with virus software that will constantly bombard networks. These systems have no idea [whether] you have a dynamic or static [IP], only that they are to test for active networks....
May: Virtual Reference Systems
the Helping You Buy seriesComparing Competing Library Technology ProductsYour guide to vendor product factsIn early 2001, the University of Arizona Libraries began the planning process for the creation and implementation of a virtual reference service...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsSirsi Corp. announced the appointment of Stephen Abram as its vice president of innovation. Most recently, he was vice president of corporate development for Micromedia ProQuest. Before that, he was a publisher...
Promoting Geographic Information System Usage across Campus
Via workshops, e-mail, newsletters, meetings, and tours of the GIS lab, we're urging individual departments and professors to incorporate GIS into their curricula.This article focuses on our efforts to implement and promote Geographic Information System...
Promoting Geographic Information System Usage across Campus; Via Workshops, E-Mail, Newsletters, Meetings, and Tours of the GIS Lab, We're Urging Individual Departments and Professors to Incorporate GIS into Their Curricula
This article focuses on our efforts to implement and promote Geographic Information System (GIS) applications at Weber State University. WSU is a 4-year public institution with two campuses. The main campus is located in the foothills of Ogden, Utah...
Promotion Is like Chinese Food
Good promotion is like Chinese food. When it's done right, it's slightly enticing and pleasantly satisfying. And shortly after it's finished, you want to go back for a little bit more. Creating good promotion can be like preparing Chinese food. You...
The Medical Library Association Has Announced Its President-Elect and New Board Members for the 2004/05 Association Year
The Medical Library Association has announced its president-elect and new board members for the 2004/05 association year. They will assume their new positions at the end of the annual meeting this month. MLA president-elect Mary Joan (M.J.) Tooey...
The Trend toward Outsourcing the ILS: Recognizing the Benefits of Shared Systems
One of my various professional projects is maintaining the lib-web-cats directory of library Web sites and online catalogs on the Web. This directory, while it affords the general public an easy way to find libraries on the Web, also provides trend...
Wi-Fi Saves Local Newspaper (for a Day)
SINCE WE HAD PROMOTED OUR WIRELESS WEB ACCESS THROUGH PRESS RELEASES, THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER KNEW TO TURN TO US DURING A POWER OUTAGE.Were it not for the library's 802.11 Wi-Fi connections, which are open to the public, the local newspaper would not have...
Wi-Fi Saves Local Newspaper (for a Day): Since We Had Promoted Our Wireless Web Access through Press Releases, the Local Newspaper Knew to Turn to Us during a Power Outage
Were it not for the library's 802.11 Wi-Fi connections, which are open to the public, the local newspaper would not have been published a few days ago. The electricity in the downtown area suddenly went out. This affected the offices of The Sun (http://www.thesunlink.com)...
Your Guide to Vendor Product Facts
In early 2001, the University of Arizona Libraries began the planning process for the creation and implementation of a virtual reference service (VRS), and I was a member of the team for that project. We started researching right away, contacting vendors,...