Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 5, May

ADVICE: Ask Techman
Denny J. from the University of Arizona wants to know: Since when is social engineering about e-mail viruses? What's up with that?techman responds: What happened when we weren't looking? My reaction is that the phrase got co-opted (or maybe hijacked)....
Ask Techman
Denny J. from the University of Arizona wants to know: Since when is social engineering about e-mail viruses? What's up with that? techman responds: What happened when we weren't looking? My reaction is that the phrase got co-opted (or maybe hijacked)....
Gimme That E-Book Religion
AFTER YEARS OF BEING A TRUE BELIEVER, I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT AN E-BOOK REVIVAL HAS FINALLY BEGUN."In 5 years, e-book sales will match those of traditional print; in 10 years, e-books will outsell print." Well, it was June 2000 when I made that bold statement...
Gimme That E-Book Religion: After Years of Being a True Believer, I Am Happy to Say That an E-Book Revival Has Finally Begun
"In 5 years, e-book sales will match those of traditional print; in 10 years, e-books will outsell print." Well, it was June 2000 when I made that bold statement in my third Coming Full Circle column. I thought I'd do a little circle on myself this...
Implementing RAKIM Open Source Chat Reference Software
We weren't sure whether our students would really take to virtual reference, so we found a package we could try for free.At Midlands Technical College, we've implemented and are refining chat reference services using an open source software program called...
Implementing RAKIM Open Source Chat Reference Software: We Weren't Sure Whether Our Students Would Really Take to Virtual Reference, So We Found a Package We Could Try for Free
At Midlands Technical College, we've implemented and are refining chat reference services using an open source software program called RAKIM. This article describes the project's conception, implementation, and current status. Midlands Technical...
Linux Adventures on a Laptop
OK, I admit it. I have a love/hate relationship with open source systems--especially Linux. On the one hand, I love the promise of open source. Just envision it--scores of programmers across the globe, collaborating on a project, not for profit, but...
Looking toward the Future of Library Technology
HERE ARE MY PREDICTIONS FOR WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD FOR LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY.I'm often called on to give my opinions on the future of technology in libraries. While I don't claim to be an expert in all areas of technology, I do spend quite a bit of time...
Looking toward the Future of Library Technology: Here Are My Predictions for What the Future May Hold for Library Technology
I'm often called on to give my opinions on the future of technology in libraries. While I don't claim to be an expert in all areas of technology, I do spend quite a bit of time watching the progress of software developed for libraries and tracking...
May: Self-Check Systems
This article, the second installment of CIL's 2005 Helping You Buy series, provides an in-depth look at library self-check systems from 10 vendors. The product comparison chart will help you to quickly and easily compare products from competing vendors....
NOTED: Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has announced the appointment of Cindy Freidmutter as president of the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation. Established in 1997, the foundation provides financial support to help...
Open Source Has Grown Up and You're in the Driver's Seat
If you haven't explored the world of open source software in a while, you might be surprised to find that it's not what it used to be. No longer does that phrase refer to code that is half-baked or unsupported. And it's not necessarily written by a...
There's No Need to Fear Open Source
The last time I wrote about open source (OS) software was in last September's issue of Computers in Libraries, which was devoted to making the most of what you have and do-it-yourself solutions. After the column appeared, I received an e-mail from...
Using Lamp Applications to Make Our Library Shine
There has been a move afoot in libraries of all kinds to incorporate open source software and applications to better support their rapidly evolving information access and delivery services. There has been particular interest in a specific configuration...
You Can Deliver the Goods Better, Faster, and Cheaper with Open Source Databases
Most people don't realize how easy it is to improve library services with open source data-bases. Despite the fact that they are distributed free of charge, open source databases are powerful and stable enough for critical applications. With a little...
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