Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, March

Adding an 'E' to Free
In a perfect world, you'd have the funds to buy or subscribe to all the ebooks and ejournals your users want. You'd have a couple dozen Kindles and iPods, loaded with content, on hand to loan out. You'd have a magical library Netflix account that would...
Aiming at a Moving Target: Pilot Testing Ebook Readers in an Urban Academic Library
Though there is no doubt that ebooks will be an expanding part of information delivery in libraries, the dedicated e-reader has not yet reached a point where the technology is worth investing in, particularly in these tough economic times.Since the early...
Aiming at a Moving Target: Pilot Testing Ebook Readers in an Urban Academic Library: Though There Is No Doubt That Ebooks Will Be an Expanding Part of Information Delivery in Libraries, the Dedicated E-Reader Has Not Yet Reached a Point Where the Technology Is Worth Investing in, Particularly in These Tough Economic Times
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since the early 1990s, the Lloyd Sealy Library, where all four of this article's librarian-authors work in various capacities, has been providing the students and faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice with extensive...
Can We Future-Proof Library Automation?
HOW DO WE MAKE OUR TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS NOT ONLY FUTURE-PROOF BUT ALSO MORE ABLE TO ENDURE THE CYCLES OF CHANGE THAT WILL CONTINUOUSLY TRANSFORM LIBRARIES?This issue of Computers in Libraries explores the theme of libraries "going electronic." It's...
Can We Future-Proof Library Automation? How Do We Make Our Technology Investments Not Only Future-Proof but Also More Able to Endure the Cycles of Change That Will Continuously Transform Libraries?
This issue of Computers in Libraries explores the theme of libraries "going electronic." It's an obvious observation that librarians today find themselves dealing with collections of ever larger proportions of electronic content. The degree to which...
Fighting through Whatever Blocks You
IF YOU'RE TAKING ON A TECHNICAL TASK AND FIND YOURSELF STUCK, HERE ARE SOME POSITIVE APPROACHES YOU CAN TRY TO GET YOURSELF UNBLOCKED.A year ago in this column, I wrote about an old web application of mine, "unalog," that I'd started to rewrite but at...
Fighting through Whatever Blocks You: If You're Taking on a Technical Task and Find Yourself Stuck, Here Are Some Positive Approaches You Can Try to Get Yourself Unblocked
A year ago in this column, I wrote about an old web application of mine, "unalog," that I'd started to rewrite but at that time had failed to complete. It's a year later, and it still isn't done. The site I ran with it is still down. The handful of...
Has the Ebook's Time Finally Come?
In 2009, the Monroeville Public Library celebrated its 45th anniversary. At the end of the year, another milestone was reached--the highest circulation total in the library's history. This total was only for physical items that were borrowed; it did...
LIBRARY 101: Why, How, and Lessons Learned
Our main goal was to start and hold discussions on the future of libraries via the Library 101 Project, using several social media tools mentioned in the '101 Resources and Things to Know' list.Have library basics changed? With the advent of technology,...
Library 101: Why, How, and Lessons Learned: Our Main Goal Was to Start and Hold Discussions on the Future of Libraries Via the Library 101 Project, Using Several Social Media Tools Mentioned in the '101 Resources and Things to Know' List
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Have library basics changed? With the advent of technology, Michael Porter (communications manager at WebJunction.org) and David Lee King (digital branch and services manager at the Topeka & Shawnee...
Mapping Your Digital Community in Five Steps
NEW TECHNOLOGIES ARE ENDLESSLY FASCINATING TO STUDY, BUT I CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THE KEY TO PRODUCTIVITY LIES IN UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE.Most information professionals date the start of the "online era" with the rollout of Dialog, Lockheed's foray into...
Mapping Your Digital Community in Five Steps: New Technologies Are Endlessly Fascinating to Study, but I Continue to Believe That the Key to Productivity Lies in Understanding People
Most information professionals date the start of the "online era" with the rollout of Dialog, Lockheed's foray into the world of pay for-use online searching. Many other systems quickly appeared, including Lexis and Westlaw, and before long, we were...
New Jersey State Library (NJSL)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The New Jersey State Library (NJSL) announced three appointments: Victoria Rosch, to the position of associate state librarian for special projects; Peggy Cadigan, to the...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsThe American Library Association (ALA) announced that Craig Buthod, director of the Louisville Free Public Library, has been named Library Journal's Librarian of the Year.The award will be presented to him as part...
Nothing but E-Stuff
This issue is about everything "e," which, these days, does indeed take in just about everything ... almost. We solicited articles about how to use mobile devices, ebooks, and smart-phones, and we are pleased to be publishing a couple of excellent...
Paper Cuts Don't Hurt at the Gerstein Library
In November 2009, the University of Toronto became a signatory to a pledge titled, 'Ontario Universities: Committed to a Greener World.' This pledge committed the university to continue practicing the three Rs-REDUCING, REUSING, and RECYCLING.The Gerstein...
Paper Cuts Don't Hurt at the Gerstein Library: In November 2009, the University of Toronto Became a Signatory to a Pledge Titled, 'Ontario Universities: Committed to a Greener World.' This Pledge Committed the University to Continue Practicing the Three Rs-Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Gerstein Science Information Centre (Gerstein Library), where author Cunningham works as a reference and research librarian, is one of 40 libraries within the University of Toronto (UofT) and is the largest academic science...
Using the iPhone and iPod touch@Work
The rise of the mobile web and the ease of access afforded by smartphones, particularly the iPhone, have the potential to transform reference and customer service once again.The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, where author Kendall serves as coordinator...
Using the iPhone and iPod Touch @ Work: The Rise of the Mobile Web and the Ease of Access Afforded by Smartphones, Particularly the iPhone, Have the Potential to Transform Reference and Customer Service Once Again
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, where author Kendall serves as coordinator for collection development and government publications and author Nino works as interim associate dean, is a joint co-managed library of the...
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