Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 6, June

Building a DIGITAL LIBRARY on a Shoestring
With technology costs so high, how is it possible to create a digital library without breaking the budget? At the University of South Carolina, this is just what we were determined to figure out. The enthusiasm was there, but no one was offering us a...
Comprehensive Cost Planning Yields Successful Tech Projects
No library that I'm aware of has money to burn. Though funding levels remain modest, libraries continually have demands to improve existing services and to deliver new ones. Increasingly, these services involve the use of technology. Consistent with...
Facing Budget Cuts: Must We Rob Peter to Pay Paul?
Even in the best of times, librarians have to be concerned about funding. The old adage "what goes up, must come down" has proven itself to be true all too often when it comes to funding for libraries. Here in Pennsylvania, public libraries have been...
June: Security-Control Software
For the February 2005 issue of Computers in Libraries (CIL), I had compiled a Helping You Buy section on PC management software products from 14 different companies. Whereas that section had a fairly broad scope, this one will be more tightly focused...
Life without a Systems Office
Now if there were ever a misleading title for a column, this is the best one yet. I work in a vast campus information ecology, which includes not only a huge library systems office but also central campus computing, shared UNIX services, CalMail, Webfiles,...
Need More Money?
Does anyone out there have more money than they need? Can I have a show of hands, please? OK, I don't see any hands going up out there. What a surprise.It's become a running joke (although not a funny one) that libraries never get enough money. There...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsMultnomah County Library announced that Caleb Tucker-Raymond has been named Librarian of the Year by the Oregon Library Association. He was chosen for this award for his work overseeing L-Net, Oregon's statewide...
Online Cool on a Budget
For many of us, just getting a basic library Web site online, let alone keeping it updated, is an achievement to be proud of. Without the time, resources, or staff to devote to creating jazzy Web pages, it has been difficult for a lot of libraries to...
Rustling Up a Web Site WITHOUT MUCH MONEY
WE ACCIDENTALLY FOUND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WE NEEDED TO REBUILD OUR WEB SITE-SOMEONE WHO WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO UNDERSTAND OUR NEEDS SO THAT THE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION WOULD WORK IN OUR ORGANIZATION.In order to meet students' expectations for...
Students Beat the Queue and Produce Their Own Library Cards
In the past, it took the library service staff around 2 weeks each autumn to produce cards for the main intake of undergraduates. With the low-cost system I created, we achieved roughly a fourfold increase in output.The University of Bath is located...
The Weakest Link: Is It Your Web Site?
In little more than a decade, Web sites have become integral to many digital library collections and services. Even if a Web site is not the destination point for an information resource, library users often interact with Web sites in the process of...
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