Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 8, September

A Locally Created ERM: How and Why We Did It
The University of Wisconsin--La Crosse's Murphy Library provides access to approximately 200 subscription databases. As with many academic libraries, methods and tools for managing these resources were sorely needed. However, and also a familiar scenario,...
Awards
OCLC announced that for the third straight year it has been named one of Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT. The list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals. OCLC placed 51st on the list, up from 86...
Content-Yours, Theirs, and Ours
Moving from the world of purchased content to rented content creates new challenges and ways of thinking about our collections. While I'm of the cavalier opinion that small public libraries are unlikely to get sued by the RIAA, the MPAA, or the APA...
Managing Electronic Resources in the Library
As a librarian, I most enjoy the "hands-on" practice of the profession: providing technical support for staff and patrons. I least enjoy the administrative side: handling contracts for equipment and services. I have these same feelings about electronic...
Managing Resources Comprehensively
Last month's issue of Computers in Libraries carried my "Helping You Buy" feature on electronic resource management (ERM) systems. We looked at some of the main points of what this genre of software aims to accomplish, the workflows involved in electronic...
Noted & Quoted
The Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) announced its president-elect and new board members. Michelle Frisque, head of Information Systems at Gaiter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, is LITA's vice president/president-elect....
ScanGrants: A New Service for Libraries, a New Role for Librarians
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We hear it again and again: Libraries have to innovate. We have to invent and provide new services. We have to build alliances within our institutions and catch the eye of administrators and the public. We must ride the Web...
Somewhere over the Verde Rainbow
'What is Verde?" I looked around the table at my colleagues, wondering if anyone would respond with something other than "an electronic resources management system?" Silence. "Why did we buy it?" I continued, hoping there was a real answer that wasn't...
Take Me out to the Game Night
ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Hosts: Aaron Schmidt and Erik Boekesteijn Internet Librarian, Monterey (Calif.) Convention Center, Oct. 20-22, 2008 Highlights From Gaming Night at CIL '08 It's a fact. A gaming night in your library can draw potential...
Take Me out to the Game Night
IL '08 PROGRAM PREVIEWHosts:Aaron Schmidt and Erik BoekesteijnInternet Librarian, Monterey (Calif.) Convention Center, Oct. 20-22, 2008Highlights From Gaming Night at CIL '08It's a fact. A gaming night in your library can draw potential patrons that...
Talking the Talk: Communicating with IT
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Often in interactions between library folks and IT folks, I'll suddenly find myself in the role of Capt. Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation as I try to get two very different delegations to see eye to eye on any number...
The Smart Mob 'Makeover'
My "charge" in writing this column is to comment on how we interact with digital libraries--not how we write the programs that run digital libraries but instead how we transform all those widgets, metalanguages, and digital objects into artifacts of...
Updates on Pulsing Content, Unconferences, and Coding
Before I started at my current job, I'd been in academic environments--straight through school to a first job teaching, then back to grad school, then to several jobs in universities. Maybe it's because of this that I love the fall season. It's a time...
Write for Us Next Year
Welcome back from whatever you did this summer. I took the little extra time that the doldrums of dog days always bring to work on the CIL editorial calendar for next year. The themes are now set. See the ad in this issue or consult our website:...
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