Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, February

Ask Techman
BL from "somewhere just outside of Boston" wants to know: What's the correct definition of bio-informatics? techman responds: Ergh--correct? Do you mean most often used? Original? Diane Rein at Purdue tells me it's generally understood that the...
Ask Techman ADVICE
BL from "somewhere just outside of Boston" wants to know: What's the correct definition of bio-informatics?techman responds: Ergh-correct? Do you mean most often used? Original? Diane Rein at Purdue tells me it's generally understood that the term basically...
Establishing and Expanding a Web Community Called NorthStarNet
These pioneers set out to set up new communities in the virtual frontier. Now, more than 50 libraries serve as Web hubs for their local settlements.The communities we live in have changed over time. But no matter the size of the tallest building, no...
Establishing and Expanding a Web Community Called NorthStarNet: These Pioneers Set out to Set Up New Communities in the Virtual Frontier. Now, More Than 50 Libraries Serve as Web Hubs for Their Local Settlements
The communities we live in have changed over time. But no matter the size of the tallest building, no matter how advanced the infrastructure, they grew to that size from humble beginnings: a fur-trading post, a tribal settlement, or an explorer's encampment....
February: PC Management Software
The June 2004 issue of Computers in Libraries was on the theme of Managing Computers for Staff and the Public. Authors discussed a number of products that can help save on the time, frustration, and cost of managing our growing public PC inventories....
LIBRARIE$ + NONPROFIT$: Add Up to Profitable COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP$
By partnering with local nonprofits to help them create, post, and maintain Web sites, we aided the nonprofits, the library, and the community.About 18 months ago, we at the reference desk of the Vigo County Public Library (VCPL) in Terre Haute, Ind.,...
Libraries + Nonprofits Add Up to Profitable Community Partnerships: By Partnering with Local Nonprofits to Help Them Create, Post, and Maintain Web Sites, We Aided the Nonprofits, the Library, and the Community
About 18 months ago, we at the reference desk of the Vigo County Public Library (VCPL) in Terre Haute, Ind., noticed a troubling fact. Many of our small, local, nonprofit agencies did not have Web sites, making it difficult to locate and share information...
Little Boy Blue Goes High-Tech: Providing Customers with Topic-Driven Content
By adopting a guided approach to the Internet, we were able to streamline our Web links and better serve our patrons.For many customers, finding good research can be like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. When Kansas City Public Library's...
Little Boy Blue Goes High-Tech: Providing Customers with Topic-Driven Content; by Adopting a Guided Approach to the Internet, We Were Able to Streamline Our Web Links and Better Serve Our Patrons
For many customers, finding good research can be like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. When Kansas City Public Library's Web team had an opportunity to redesign our site, we tried to shake all the needles out. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
New Technology's Surprising Security Threats
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SECURITY ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY. AN ACTIVE STANCE PROTECTS NOT ONLY OUR COLLECTIONS AND SERVICES, BUT ALSO THE NEEDS OF OUR PATRONS.The relatively brief history of digital libraries has been marked by explosive developments...
New Technology's Surprising Security Threats: There Will Always Be Security Issues Associated with New Technology. an Active Stance Protects Not Only Our Collections and Services, but Also the Needs of Our Patrons
The relatively brief history of digital libraries has been marked by explosive developments in new technologies, great implementation ideas, and an all-too-common backlash effect as institutions and people get used to new ways of doing old things....
Noted & Quoted
Temple University has announced the appointment of Larry P. Alford to the newly created position of vice provost for libraries and university librarian. In this position, he will oversee all of Temple's libraries. According to the announcement, he will...
Opening Doors to Relationships
When we chose this theme, Using Technology to Build Relationships, I was really interested to see what kinds of article queries we'd get. Months later, I was pleased with the group I had to select from. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was no surprise...
Opening the PORTAL to Better Relationships
We didn't need to build our own portal from scratch in order to reach out to our campus community.At La Salle University's Connelly Library, we don't have the resources to design or purchase a portal specifically for library services. Instead, we are...
Opening the Portal to Better Relationships: We Didn't Need to Build Our Own Portal from Scratch in Order to Reach out to Our Campus Community
At La Salle University's Connelly Library, we don't have the resources to design or purchase a portal specifically for library services. Instead, we are finding ways to integrate our services into the portal that the university recently implemented...
Plotting a New Course for Metasearch: It Might Be Time to Seriously Reconsider How We Set Up the Search Environment for Our Electronic Resources
Since the launch of Google Scholar on Nov. 19, 2004, the library world has been abuzz with speculation and concerns for how it will affect us. I've been thinking a lot about the technologies and products in the metasearch genre lately and can't help...
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: More and More Technology Leads to Less and Less Privacy
I've been mulling over what to say in this, my last column. I've done some reminiscing in past issues, so I won't inflict that on you again. I've also postulated the future, but with everyone being such a learned expert these days, it's difficult to...
The Systems Librarian
Plotting a New Course for MetasearchIT MIGHT BE TIME TO SERIOUSLY RECONSIDER HOW WE SET UP THE SEARCH ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR ELECTRONIC RESOURCES.Since the launch of Google Scholar on Nov. 19, 2004, the library world has been abuzz with speculation and...
The View from the Top Left Corner
So Long, and Thanks for All the FishMORE AND MORE TECHNOLOGY LEADS TO LESS AND LESS PRIVACY.I've been mulling over what to say in this, my last column. I've done some reminiscing in past issues, so I won't inflict that on you again. I've also postulated...
When Every Search Engine Knows Your Name
WE NEED TO EXPLORE HOW PERSONAL SEARCH TECHNOLOGIES ARE BEING USED ON THE WEB SO WE CAN MAKE PATRONS FEEL AS WELCOME ON OUR SITES AS THEY DO IN OUR BUILDINGS.If the title of this article causes you to begin humming the theme song from the television...
When Every Search Engine Knows Your Name: We Need to Explore How Personal Search Technologies Are Being Used on the Web So We Can Make Patrons Feel as Welcome on Our Sites as They Do in Our Buildings
If the title of this article causes you to begin humming the theme song from the television show Cheers, then you've recognized the allusion. You should also remember that when Norm, one of the Cheers regulars, entered the bar, Sam, the bartender,...
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