Computers in Libraries

Monthly magazine provides library information technology news and practical application.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 5, June

Ask a Librarian
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to comment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Eric Schnell, assistant director of technology and digital initiatives at the...
A Time of Opportunity for the Library Programmer
One of the most rewarding aspects of working with technology in a library involves finding ways to solve day-to-day problems and to shape its computing environment to best meet the needs of its staff and users. It's great to find ways to support the...
Connecting Applications Together the Web Way
I've been obsessing over how to connect web applications to each other for as long as I've been a working librarian. This obsession dates from my start at my first job. When I look back through the intervening years and squint just right, a few lessons...
Depression Ethic
Terry Huwe leads off his column this month with a short discussion about Depression-era coping skills. With all due respect to those who survived the Great Depression of 1929-1939 (including my parents), I must first observe that the economic trials...
Goggle Voice: Connecting Your Telephone to the 21st Century
In these tough economic times, many libraries find themselves pinching pennies, improvising services, and generally 'working with what they've got.'The foundation of the mighty Google Empire rests upon an algorithm that connects people to information...
Google Voice: Connecting Your Telephone to the 21st Century: In These Tough Economic Times, Many Libraries Find Themselves Pinching Pennies, Improvising Services, and Generally 'Working with What They've Got'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The foundation of the mighty Google Empire rests upon an algorithm that connects people to information--things such as websites, maps, and restaurant reviews. But lately it seems that people are less interested in connecting...
Harnessing the Power of SharePoint for Library Applications
We've only really begun to scratch the surface of what SharePoint can do. But from what we've discovered so far, we've been very encouraged by what we've been able to accomplish. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to Microsoft's website: Microsoft...
Looking for Inspiration in All the Right Places
The theme of this month's issue, Working With What You've Got, comes naturally to librarians who are always interested in stretching resources to do more for library users, either on their own or through partnerships that benefit everyone. Librarians...
LYRASIS Announced That Margaret Lourie Is the Recipient of the 2010 New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LYRASIS announced that Margaret Lourie is the recipient of the 2010 New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services. The award, from the New England Technical Services Librarians,...
Money, Government, and You
We're now 6 weeks or so past tax time. Our library was very busy checking out tax books and holding free tax advice sessions with local trained volunteers. It's a good time of year for the library. People pay their taxes and feel that they've gotten...
New Title Tweets
Using Twitter and Microsoft Excel to Broadcast New Title ListsToday's library should be part of the online social networks so it can connect with patrons and inform them of new services and opportunities. But this need to utilize new technology must...
New Title Tweets: Using Twitter and Microsoft Excel to Broadcast New Title Lists
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Today's library should be part of the online social networks so it can connect with patrons and inform them of new services and opportunities. But this need to utilize new technology must be balanced against shrinking budgets...
Noted & Quoted
people * libraries * awards * promotionsOCLC announced that James G. Neal, vice president for information services and university librarian at Columbia University, has been elected to the OCLC board of trustees. He was elected to a 4-year term.Currently,...
Online Treasures
Looking for Inspiration in All the Right PlacesThe theme of this month's issue, Working With What You've Got, comes naturally to librarians who are always interested in stretching resources to do more for library users, either on their own or through...
Organizational Diagnostics for Lean Times
Those of us who have parents or grandparents who grew up during the Great Depression often have humorous stories to share about the "radical frugality" that the folks practiced then and sometimes continue to practice even to this day. One of my favorite...
We Started a Digital Collection for Next to Nothing and You Can Too: Despite the Growing Pains We Had in Establishing Our First Collection, Our Efforts Have Paid Considerable Dividends for Our Library
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] How I Became a Digital Collections Librarian I started working at James G. Gee Library on the campus of Texas A&M University--Commerce, a mid-sized university in east Texas, almost 4 years ago. I was an assistant in...
We Started to a Digital Collection for Next to Nothing and YOU CAN TOO
Despite the growing pains we had in establishing our first collection, our efforts have paid considerable dividends for our library.How I Became a Digital Collections LibrarianI started working at James G. Gee Library on the campus of Texas A&M University-...
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