Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 8, September

Cool Tools for Back to School
Now that I'm an adult and working in education, I can freely admit my childhood shame--I loved "back to school" time. And really, what's not to love? You get to go to the store with a list and pick out a bunch of cool new supplies, you get a new outfit...
ERMes: Open Source Simplicity for Your E-Resource Management
We both work for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, with William serving as systems, catalog, and digital initiatives librarian and Galadriel serving as e-resources librarian. We also share a deep interest in electronic resource management systems...
From Zero to Web 2.0: Part 1
With these ideas and goals in mind, we are ready to embark on a digital makeover and bring the Vise Library from zero to Web 2.0.Cumberland University (CU), where I serve as a library technical assistant, is a small, private liberal arts college located...
From Zero to Web 2.0: Part 1: With These Ideas and Goals in Mind, We Are Ready to Embark on a Digital Makeover and Bring the Vise Library from Zero to Web 2.0
Cumberland University (CU), where I serve as a library technical assistant, is a small, private liberal arts college located in Lebanon, Tenn., about 30 miles east of Nashville. CU was the first college in Tennessee to have campuswide wireless internet...
In Which 'Linked Data' Means 'A Better Web'
In this year's columns, I've written off and on about linked data. I'm still convinced that it's an important topic, but now I think I've been pitching it from the wrong angle. If our gracious editors will do me the favor, I'd like to give it one more...
Libraries in the Cloud: Making a Case for Google and Amazon
At its current pace, cloud computing stands to change IT services for many environments.As news outlets create headlines such as "A Cloud & A Prayer," "The Cloud Is the Computer," and "Leveraging Clouds to Make You More Efficient," many readers have...
Libraries in the Cloud: Making a Case for Google and Amazon: At Its Current Pace, Cloud Computing Stands to Change IT Services for Many Environments
As news outlets create headlines such as "A Cloud & A Prayer," "The Cloud Is the Computer," and "Leveraging Clouds to Make You More Efficient," many readers have been left with cloud confusion. What is cloud computing? How is it used? Will it work...
New Tools of the Trade
As librarians, we strive to practice good customer service in our libraries, providing the resources library users want and need in the appropriate format and in a timely manner. It is a tall order--trying to anticipate what resources will be requested...
Noted & Quoted
The Public Library Association (PLA) announced that Audra Caplan has been elected vice president/president-elect of PLA. She will become president in July 2010 and serve a 1-year term.Currently, C apian is director of the Harford County (Md.) Public...
OH NO, I Lost All of My Work!
Librarianship became a second career for me when I retired from being a computer specialist for a large municipal government agency. In my prior life as a computer specialist, I was more concerned with setting up operating systems and loading applica...
Oh No, I Lost All of My Work! We Feel That These Changes for the Better, with the Built-In Transparency of Background File Saves, Will Only Improve the Students' Library Computing Experience
Librarianship became a second career for me when I retired from being a computer specialist for a large municipal government agency. In my prior life as a computer specialist, I was more concerned with setting up operating systems and loading application...
Simpatico with Ones and Zeros
It's all about data this month. Data storage. Data protection. Data mining. Linked data. Data on pricing. Data on licensing. Backing up data and archiving data-based stuff. When we looked at it all together, all we could say was, wow! Data are cool....
The Elusive Cost of Library Software
A question that I'm often asked involves how much a library should expect to pay for automation software. As much as I try to understand all the various aspects of the library automation industry, I have never been able to discover a great deal of...
Three Strategies for Effective Data Oversight
Networked information as we have come to know it ought to be a dream come true for researchers who rely on large data sets. Yet all too often, access barriers form in powerful IT departments; this can stymie progress. IT managers often crave security,...
Web Archiving for the Rest of Us: How to Collect and Manage Websites Using Free and Easy Software
If you want to maintain your web archive into the future, you will nee< to think about Ions-term preservation.How ephemeral is content on the internet? Can a library reasonably expect to collect each new version of its website or blog as it would...
Web Archiving for the Rest of Us: How to Collect and Manage Websites Using Free and Easy Software: If You Want to Maintain Your Web Archive into the Future, You Will Need to Think about Long-Term Preservation
How ephemeral is content on the internet? Can a library reasonably expect to collect each new version of its website or blog as it would collect every issue of a magazine or journal? Large-scale projects such as the Internet Archive (www.ar chive.org)...
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